How To Enjoy Healthy Snack Food
How to enjoy healthy snack food means a lot to those who need the spurt of energy in between meals, especially in the afternoons to be able to continue working at a productive level. School children need nutritious snacks to keep their minds alert and keep up their energy. Snacks are also important for diabetics regularly and at bedtime to keep their blood glucose levels as normal as possible. Finding healthy and low calorie alternatives in order not to put on weight is a prime requisite for most people.
- Carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are sugars such as those in candy bars, soda, candy, potato chips, etc. They are to be avoided as they may boost you temporarily but will then slow you down. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are much healthier.
- 100 calorie packs. This is the easiest way to control the portion size and calories and yet have a satisfying snack that relieves that gnawing hunger. They are so easy to carry in your briefcase or lunch. The variety of 100 calorie packs available give you a wide change in tastes.
- Make your own 100 calorie packs. Buy those snacks in the normal large box. Figure out how many of the pieces contain 100 calories. Put each portion into sandwich bags or small containers.
- Peanut butter. This protein-rich snack can be put onto saltine crackers (five are 60 calories or seven Ritz are 100 calories), wheat thins (13 reduced-fat ones are 100 calories), melba toast (five slices are 100 calories), or graham crackers (one sheet is 55 calories).
- A small cup of soup. Make this with non-starchy vegetables such as onion, celery, green beans, squash cooked in broth for a low-carb filling snack.
- Low-fat string cheese. This cheese contains only 80 calories each. Snacks up to 150 calories are recommended, so you can have two string cheese.
- Vegetables. Celery sticks, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, small pieces of cauliflower or broccoli - all these are easy to carry, are tasty, and are good for you.
- Fruits. Fresh or dried fruits are low in calories and high in complex carbohydrates. Four halves of dried apricots are 50 calories, 1/4 cup of mixed dried fruit is 85 calories, one medium peach is only 40 calories an a medium plum is only 35 calories.
- Cereal. You can carry cereal dry as a snack. For instance, one cup of puffed rice is only 50 calories and 1/2 cup of toasted oat cereal is 55 calories.
- Popcorn. You can have three cups of hot-air popcorn for a mere 90 calories!
These are just some of the ways you can enjoy healthy snack food. Using the above ideas as a guide, you can come up with many variations to keep variety and nutrition in your snacks.