So you’re craving a sweet, salty, or savory snack… don’t pick up chips or cookies. Instead opt for nutritious foods that also happen to be delicious with these 10 healthy snack ideas.
When you’re craving salty…
#1 Kale chips, Parsnip chips, or Sweet Potato chips (all baked)
Kale chips only have 36 calories, 30 mg sodium and no fat per one cup. They are also packed with vitamins A , C, K, calcium, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Parsnips have 111 calories per one cup, 16 mg sodium. They contain vitamin C, folate, and manganese.
Sweet Potatoes have 226 calories, 72mg sodium per one cup. They contain protein, vitamin A, C, calcium, iron, vitamin B1-6, manganese, copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, and fiber.
All you need to do to make all of these is cut up the kale and spray pan with light cooking oil spray, season with any flavor you desire, try sodium free though!
For the parsnips and sweet potato, just slice them with a Mandolin
#2 Pistachios and other nuts and seeds
Pistachios have 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber.
Only if it’s prepared fresh at home! Not the microwave nasty coated popcorn. Air popped with no butter is 31 calories and a good source of fiber!
***DO NOT eat potato chips! Did you know… a single serving grab-size bag has 271 calories, 4 tsp oil (your daily limit is 6!) 2 grams saturated fat, 263mg sodium. There is no nutritional value and only empty calories!
When you’re craving something sweet…
#4 Fruit or Dried fruit strips
Mango strips are my favorite! They taste like natures fruit roll-up
These are actually so sweet! You’ll only need one or two to satisfy that sweet craving. They’re fat free and cholesterol free. To be honest, I actually like prunes. Those are great too!
#6 Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Avocado is a great source of healthy omegas, has vitamins E & K; minerals potassium, folate, and copper. It’s also a great source of fiber. My chocolate avocado pudding recipe has only 158 calories for per serving.
#7 Chia Pudding
Chia is a great source of antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, manganese, magnesium, zinc, copper, niacin, and calcium.
Of course this an obvious one since I post recipes of tons of smoothies, but what I like best about smoothies is that there are so many variables to put in and they are quick and easy to make. My other favorite thing is you can blend in a cup of spinach or kale even with the sweet smoothie, like this green smoothie recipe. I blend kale in it, but I can’t taste it. There are only two ways I enjoy kale: blended or baked chips!
Make a sweet or tart smoothie to help satisfy your cravings.
#9 Lemon Sorbet or Homemade Popsicles
Did you know eating something sour can help curb your sweet cravings? Try it out next time you’re craving sweet.
#10 For savory snacks try homemade guacamole or hummus!
Make hummus, white bean dip, or guacamole and enjoy with cut up vegetables. Try hummus or guacamole with red pepper strips or cucumber. Even carrots or celery with peanut butter are a favorite quick snack of mine.
All of these snack ideas are very simple and easy to make or get, so there should be no excuse to why people can’t eat healthier. It’s easy to grab a few dates or a handful of mixed nuts and seeds as opposed to going for a fatty cake (Twinkie, Ho-Ho, etc…) or a bag of chips; So put down the processed junk and start making smarter choices!