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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

10 HEALTHY SNACKS IDEAS AND HEALTH BENEFITS





Eating healthy is an important part of maintaining a balanced and productive life, but with all of the different snacks that are on the shelves of the supermarket, it may be better to make your own snacks. There are many alternatives to chips, candy bars and cookies that are just as delicious, but a lot healthier. Below are 10 healthy snack ideas that are easy to find. They are great alternatives, and easy to pack as well.

1. Hummus and Raw Vegetables - You will easily be able to find a hummus dip that contains lots of important nutrients and vitamins. The raw vegetables match perfectly with the hummus, and will add onto the fiber and vitamin intake.

2. Celery with Peanut Butter - Simple snacks like celery with peanut butter on them are extremely delicious. They contain a lot of fiber, and nutrients that will keep you energized throughout the day. They are easy to make and even easier to pack.

3. Rice Crackers - Rather than indulging in cookies, rice crackers have a lot more nutrients, but can taste just as delicious. Those who have a craving for cookies should try out rice crackers instead. They pack less calories, and are known to have more fiber and nutrients in them.

4. Fresh Fruit - Although the most mundane of all of the ideas, fresh fruit is always delicious, especially when the fruit is in season and ripe. Look for fruit in a supermarket, and grab one before you leave the door. It’s healthy, and definitely a great alternative.

5. Dried Fruit - Those who don’t want to deal with fresh fruit will find dried fruit to be a great alternative although it packs a bit more sugar. They have a lot of fiber, taste and nutrients within them. Depending on the fruit, some pack a lot of vitamins as well. Trail mix is generally easily attainable at stores, and has a lot of different selections within the mix.

6. Granola Bars - You can buy them everywhere. Not only they taste good, they do not contain much fat and usually don’t have more than 200 calories.

7. Banana Bread, and Other Loafs - Depending on where you purchase these baked goods, there are many bakeries that use organic ingredients and less oil during the baking process. It’s a great alternative that is also filling.

8. Yogurt - Yogurt has a lot of different bacteria in it designed to help with digestion. It’s a great alternative to many other snacks, and comes in a selection of different flavors and sizes. Some yogurts have added calcium and nutrients within them.

9. Smoothies - There are many different types of smoothies that are able to provide consumers with the nutrients that they need while still being scrumptious. Generally speaking, when looking for smoothies, find a store that uses natural ingredients and lots of fruits. The more fruits that are inside the cup the better.

10. Crackers with Dips - Rather than hummus with vegetables, there are many different types of crackers that are made with whole wheat and grains. Not only are they delicious, but they are taste even better when matched with dips like ranch or honey.

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