What do you eat mid-day or before bed when you’re hungry? Chances are, you have trouble finding healthy snacks or are maybe eating snacks that you think are healthy because we’ve all been brainwashed to think that they are. I’ve outlined a few snack items that you need to ditch and swap out for a much healthier lifestyle! Happy snacking!
Drink Coconut or Almond Milk In Coffee NOT Creamer
Are you totally in love with your store bought coffee creamer? We used to be obsessed! I think my morning coffee was more half creamer and half coffee! It wasn’t until we read up and found out about all the crazy ingredients that are inside these coffee creamers that we stopped using them. Not to mention the massive abundance of sugar they contain!!! If you’ve been following along, you know how I feel about fat-free, low-fat and sugar-free items (if you don’t know how I feel, I basically think they’re a chemical shit storm), so avoid those at ALL COSTS! So what exactly is in coffee creamer that makes it SO bad?
Guess what that delicious thick coffee creamer is actually made of? Carrageenan, a thickener and emulsifier, which as been linked to inflammation and digestive problems. Coffee creamers also contain partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats), artificial sweeteners and flavors.
Looking for a better alternative? Try coconut milk, almond milk or black coffee with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon in it!
Eat A Handful Of Nuts NOT A Handful Of Cookies
Of course we are all aware that potato chips and store-bought cookies are processed and have zero nutritional value to them, so why not toss those aside and grab some nuts instead?
Nuts are a great source of protein, fiber, healthy fats (like omega 3’s and 6’s), vitamins and minerals. Research shows that eating nuts have little effect on weight and people who eat nuts actually live longer! For the healthiest options, grab a handful of almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts.
Eat Homemade Fruit/Veggie Chips NOT Potato Chips
When you food prep on Sundays, why not slice up and throw some veggies or fruit in the oven and crisp them up? This makes for the easiest and healthiest snack possible, without all the additives of regular potato chips. If you’re looking for homemade chip ideas, try kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, snap peas, green beans, zucchini and so many more options! Check out Pinterest for more recipe ideas!
Eat An Apple NOT A Granola Bar
If you only take one thing away from any of our posts about diet, let this be it: Just Eat Real Food! Sadly, most granola bars are processed with a bunch of artificial ingredients and preservatives, making what seems like a healthy snack, not-so-healthy-after-all! Even worse, most of them are loaded with sugar as well, some over 10 grams per bar! Instead, pick up a piece of fruit or some veggies and dip them in almond butter, for a much better alternative!
Eat A Sauteed Banana NOT Ice Cream
Do you ever open up a carton of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and binge watch Netflix? That’s totally ok to do once in a great while, but in between those caloric binge fests, try having a sautéed banana instead! Dice up a banana and sautée it in coconut oil, then sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top and you’ll have the perfect tasty treat at the end of your day!
Eat Hummus and Veggies NOT Chips & Dip
Speaking of binging on food…chips and dip are a total favorite snack of many, but they come at a HUGE cost. It’s totally ok to have a few chips with your favorite French onion dip, but who really just has a few? Then, after half the bag of chips and half the container of dip is empty, you’re left feeling guilty with an upset stomach. Instead, try hummus! Hummus is a GREAT alternative to those high fat and high calorie loaded dips. Hummus is made of chickpeas mixed with garlic and other spices and is high in protein, fiber, iron, phosphorus and B vitamins! Slice up some veggies like carrots, cucumbers and celery and dip away! Just be sure that if you purchase hummus at the store, that its not packed with artificial ingredients and preservatives!
Eat Celery Or Apples With Almond Butter NOT Peanut Butter
It’s such a great thing that nowadays nut butters are gaining much more popularity. While peanut butter has been a favorite for years, it’s actually MUCH healthier to choose almond butter instead. Surprisingly, peanut butter and almond butter contain the same amount of calories per tablespoon. It’s in the additional nutrients where almond butter is the clear winner.
Almond butter is obviously made of almonds, which contain a load of healthy fats. Peanut butter contains high levels of saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol and increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. In contrast, almond butter contains high levels of monounsaturated fat, which is linked to reducing heart disease! Cheers to almond butter!
Eat Stove Cooked Popcorn NOT Microwave Popcorn
There’s been a large amount of research coming out about just how awful microwave popcorn is for you. There’s a chemical coating inside the microwave bag that contains a substance called perfluorooctanoic (PFOA). This crazy chemical has been proven to be a carcinogen (toxic, cancer-causing agent)! Luckily, there’s a way you can still enjoy this tasty treat! Cook it on the stove! Instead, add some olive oil (or coconut oil) to the bottom of a pot, throw in 1/4 cup (or handful) of corn kernels, cover the pot, set the heat on medium and watch your snack come to life! Top it off with a pinch of salt, chives, parsley or some other fun spices!
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