Top 10 Healthy Snack Recommendations for a Happy Soul
top 10 healthy snack

If its late afternoon hunger makes you longing for snacks, definitely don’t say no to it.  Snacking can be a healthy part of our diet routine as it can curb cravings, regulate mood, boost brainpower, fight weight gain, and give you the energy you need to keep going all day. But make sure to choose snacks wisely because many foods show great nutritional values however they are not as healthy as we think. To name a few cereal bars, muffins, cookies are loaded with lots of sugar and unhealthy fats. With the new age food products’ branding, snack counters at the grocery stores are loadedwith fat free foods but they still contain added sugar and salt to help theshelf life of the product. So, here I am recommending some of my favorite top 10 healthy snacks which I certainly add in my daily food regime. Please be cautious about your food allergies before trying any of them listed below:

top 10 healthy snack
Avocado Toast

Who says bread is only for breakfast? I am a big fan of avocado toast. A great slice of bread toasted snuffed (covered) in avocado.  And sprinkle it with a pinch of black pepper. If you like indulging in spices more, then feel free to spice it up a little as per your choice of spice.


  

top 10 healthy snack
Hummus and Veggies

Take 1 cup of variety of fresh row vegetables such as broccoli, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots with ¼ cup of hummus. The main component of hummus is chickpeas which is great source of fiber and protein, which has disease preventing properties and helps you to feel full for longer period.  There are varieties of hummus available in the market such as roasted garlic hummus, roasted bell pepper, classic hummus etc.

 

top 10 healthy snack
Homemade Trail Mix

Mix all healthy dried fruits and seeds which are available at your home such as dried apricot, resins, and cranberries. Some healthy fats such as almond, pecan, peanuts, walnuts, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds etc.

 

  

top 10 healthy snack
Yogurt, berries and granola

When it comes to yogurt, there is a big YES and much love for me! I usually choose 8 ounces of plain low-fat yogurt with frozen berries and some sprinkled granola.  I recommend limiting granola not more than 2 tablespoon in your yogurt, because calorie count goes up quickly with granola.

  

 

top 10 healthy snack
Cheese and Fruits

Cheese has a special place in heart for many, especially me! I do enjoy my cheese every once in a while. Usually, I enjoy low-fat string cheese which is healthy source of protein and calcium source with a small bunch of grapes or apple.

 

 

 

top 10 healthy snack
Salad

YES! You can have salad as a healthy snack. Mix all freshly cut vegetables such as shredded carrots, lettuce, cherry tomatoes etc. with nondairy salad dressing and few croutons. Also feel free to add fresh beans of your choice to make it even healthier.

 

 

top 10 healthy snack
Roasted chickpea

This recipe is inexpensive and rich source of protein and fibers. If you like chickpea (also called as garbanzo beans) and haven’t tried it as a snack, you have got to try them. All you need is chickpeas, spices such as oregano, curry powder, chili powder. Roast it for 15 to 30 min at 350 degrees. If you love crunchy and salty snacks, this snack will be more your style.

 

 

  

top 10 healthy snack
Roasted lotus seeds (commonly known as Makhanain India):

When people ask me about my favorite snacks, this is the first that comes to my mind. Lotus seeds are healthy source of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron and low in sodium.  Just like roasted chick pea you can spice it up with variety of spices and flavors such as mint, cheese, paprika or chatmasala (available at any South Asian grocery stores).

  

  

  

   

top 10 healthy snack
Banana with peanut butter

Kids are little choosey with their food and if you have kids at home this snack will add more fun in their snack time. 1 sliced banana spread with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter is a power pack of all the important nutrients.

 

 

 

top 10 healthy snack
 Almond butter spread toast

If you are starving and don’t have time, this is a healthy and easy to go snack which will save your time. Toasted whole grain bread or whole wheat bread and spread it with almond butter spread. This snack is great source of fibers, protein, carbohydrates and monounsaturated fatty acids.

 

  

Hope you enjoy these top 10 healthy snack options as much as I do. In addition to these, will be back with more suggestions on how to make healthy snack alternatives from the usual ingredients that are always available in the kitchen. Stay tuned!

Top 10 Healthy Snack Recommendations for a Happy Soul…

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