Healthy Snacks That Won't Make You Cringe
Even though you know eating healthy food is good for you, it’s still hard to eat clean. Seeing someone chow down on a greasy, cheesy slice of pepperoni pizza while you nibble on a carrot can be absolutely devastating. Luckily, there are ways to still eat healthfully without having your taste buds wither away. Here are a few great options for healthy snacks that also taste great.
Kale is pretty tasty when it's raw and leafy, but it might not be for everyone. However, by simply sprinkling it with oil and salt and cooking it in the oven for a few minutes, it becomes a crunchy, delicious vegetable crisp that everyone can enjoy. With only 34 calories per cup and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, it is a much better alternative to popping open a bag of potato crisps. Since kale lacks vitamin D, try pairing it with vitamin D3 supplements for a more nutritionally complete snack.
Fruit Sorbet or Sherbet
If you really can’t get those visions of ice cream and hot fudge out of your head, feasting on sorbet and sherbet is the best alternative. Depending on the various flavours you choose, sherbet is usually about 140 calories per half-cup serving. Sorbet, on the other hand, is anywhere from 80 to 200 calories. If you are craving sweet things, it could be a sign your body wants fruit. Try satisfying that nutritional craving by taking vitamin C supplements as well.
Dry Roasted Edamame
While edamame has been around for years, you might know it better as green soybeans. It’s a glorious snack that combines the power of fibre and protein all in a bite-sized capsule. In just a quarter-cup serving, you’ll consume only 130 calories, making it a great, substantial snack to hold you off until the next meal. Green-lipped mussel supplements pair nicely with this snack, as they give you the essential omega-3 fatty acids that edamame lacks.
Avocado Orange Chocolate Mousse
Who knew you could have so many good flavours without ruining your diet? While avocados might sound like an odd ingredient, they create a creamy texture that blends well with the other flavours. Plus, avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which help to control hunger. By using just a little bit of orange, honey and cocoa powder, you get a delicious dessert. While the fatty acids in avocado are great for your joints, glucosamine tablets can provide even more nutrients to promote healthy functioning of the joints.
Whole Wheat Tortilla and Hummus
If you’ve never tried hummus, you’re missing out. It’s a delicious chickpea concoction that is loaded with flavour. While you can spread it onto anything, low-calorie tortillas are a great option. By crisping the store-bought tortillas in the oven or on the stove beforehand, you get a hearty, crunchy treat that feels more filling. Overall, hummus is loaded with protein and fibre, which will help you feel full longer. Plus, the whole snack is only a total of 75 calories. Both tortillas and hummus lack the essential vitamin K2, so taking a dose of vitamin K2 supplements is a great way to get a well-balanced snack.
To make this yummy treat, all you have to do is mix some chia seeds into a glass of almond milk, let them soak for an hour, and you will have a tapioca-style pudding that is almost as good as the real deal. While chia seeds do contain omega-3 fatty acids, the amount might not be enough for total joint protection. Give yourself a comprehensive treatment for your joints by massaging yourself with glucosamine cream.
By enjoying these tasty snacks, you can take advantage of the scientifically proven benefits of snacking. If done right, snacking can improve your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar, and prevent overeating at mealtime. It can even help you be less irritable and reduce your cravings for mountains of sugar. So the next time you’re feeling a bit peckish, take the healthy high road and choose a quality snack.
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- Kristy Snyder