Americans are notorious for snacking. In other parts of the world, snacks are not consumed on a regular basis like in the states. Can this over excessive snacking be the factor in the obesity epidemic? Americans are choosing snacks that are high calorie and high in added sugar. Snacking can be incorporated into a healthy diet and might even help shed some pounds. The American Heart Association recommends snacks should be consumed in moderation. This means after a small snack don’t reach for another serving. Consume a healthy snack 2 or 3 hours before a meal. Snacks should be to help curb hungry but not replace a meal. These 3 healthy snacks are easy and delicious the whole family will want to try.

Nuts

Nuts are a great low-calorie snack. The goal is to eat a serving of nuts between 100-200 calories (Health.com). Nuts are nutrient rich, which is great because they are worth more than their calories. Nuts have more vitamins and minerals than a bag of chips but have the same crunchiness. Make sure to stick with plain nuts. Added flavors lead to added calories.

almond-21502_640.jpgAlmonds are a healthy nut great for weight-loss (Picture: Pixabay.com)

 Healthiest Nuts

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios

 Nuts are an easy snack as well; they just pop into our mouths. They also have great health benefits. Nuts are heart-healthy and can help decrease inflammation in the body.

 Low-fat Yogurt

 Yogurt is another great healthy snack. Choose yogurts with little-added sugars to add to a healthy diet. Yogurt is a great source of calcium and can help protect bone loss. Yogurt is a great healthy snack for kids because it can help them build strong bones. It is also kid friendly and they will enjoy eating it. Probiotics are common in yogurt and help with a person’s digestive system. Yogurt is also convenient and packed for an afternoon snack.

yogurt-1039309_640-2.jpg  Yogurt is a great healthy snack for kids because it can help them build strong bones (Picture: Pixabay.com)

Hummus

 Hummus is a high protein and low-calorie healthy snack. It also helps balance a person’s blood sugar so it’s diabetic friendly. Olive oil contains healthy fats and is a core ingredient in hummus. Olive Oil and is a link to preventing heart disease (MedicalNewsToday.com) making hummus heart-healthy. Fresh vegetables like carrots or bell peppers can pair with Hummus. Whole-grain pita chips are also great with hummus. There is now a to-go hummus with pretzels from Sabra. There are so many different flavors of hummus there is one for everyone. This is also a healthy snack for kids who don’t like vegetables. Hummus can add flavor to vegetables and appeal to kids.

 Snacking can be a part of a healthy diet when done in moderation. Before reaching for a snack try drinking water first, could be dehydration. Still hungry? Then go for one of the healthy snacks mentioned. These healthy snacks can help with weight-loss and start good eating habits.

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