Try switching from high-calorie to nutrient-dense snacks. Nutrient-dense foods are those that offer vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, and other elements of nutritional value. Instead of snacking on cookies, try eating something like Greek yogurt topped with almonds.
No Added Sugar
Instead of eating snacks with added sugars, try eating whole fruit. This means getting away from fruit-filled bars and fruit roll-ups, and opting for kiwi, persimmon, oranges, and other sweet fruits instead. For an even more delicious snack, pair your fruit with a cheese snack.
Replace refined grains, such as white bread, with whole grain options, like whole grain crackers and popcorn. To keep full, pair your snacks with proteins or healthy fats. You can also try using sunflower oil to aid in popping your popcorn.
Eat unsalted nuts instead of candy bars or energy bars. Some great options to try are in-shell pistachios with dried apricots.
No Solid Fats
Eliminate solid fats, and try eating healthy oils instead. One great way to do this is to switch your butter for oil with healthy fats, like grapeseed, coconut, or olive oil. There are also many delicious snacks made with healthy oils to choose from, like hummus. Pair crudités, such as endives or sliced bell peppers, with chickpea or black bean hummus for the ultimate healthy snack.
There are many healthy beverages to choose from to pair with your snacks. Get away from sugary sodas and juices, and try hot green or black tea, iced herbal tea, or seltzer with a lime wedge instead. You can also amp up your water by adding orange, lemon, lime, or even cucumber slices.
Make sure to keep your snacking down to a minimum, and eat snacks no sooner than three hours after a big meal. If you would like more tips on reaching your fitness goals through dieting and exercise, look no further than The Downtown Athletic Club. Contact us today to learn more.