Controlling your cravings is one of the hardest things to do, especially if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle. A lot of people tend to think that they need to cut things out of their diet, and while this is true for some people, this type of mentality is really what makes it hard for a lot of people to have a healthy diet.
Instead of thinking, you need to stop eating chips, candy, or fast food, trying switching your thinking towards substituting healthier options whenever these cravings hit. This way you’re not eliminating foods from your diet, you’re just opting for healthier choices most of the time (and of course, splurging for that extra tasty treat occasionally, when you just gotta have that cupcake or side of fries). Healthy snacking is one easy step towards healthy living. We hope these tips help make you successful in all your healthy endeavors and to get you started snacking healthy, we’ve listed our top 5 favorite snacks to eat when the cravings hit:
Peanut butter is just one of those things that goes great with anything, plus it can satisfy both your sweet and savory cravings! It’s full of great nutrients like vitamin E, potassium, and vitamin B6, which is great for lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health issues. It also has lots of monounsaturated fats, which is helpful when trying to lose belly fat. It keeps you full for long periods of time, gives you lots of energy, and tastes delicious!
Avocado is like peanut butter in that it’s super healthy and can be eaten as both a sweet or a savory treat. It’s extremely nutritious and is packed with good carbohydrates that give you energy and suppresses your appetite. It also has lots of vitamins, like vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B5, and vitamin B6, just to name a few. Avocados have no sodium or cholesterol and, also like peanut butter, they have lots of monounsaturated fatty acids. Adding avo to your smoothies or meals is a sure way to feel full faster, stay full longer, and give you lots of energy throughout your day.
Baked chips are a great way to hit that processed food craving without the processed part. The danger of eating store-bought chips is not only that they’re junk food, but that the ones bought in stores are high in sodium, saturated fats and contain other processed ingredients that make them highly addictive and unhealthy. If you’re a chip lover, then try making your own chips at home in the oven! Baking them for yourself keeps all that greasy oil out of your system, and you can use a variety of ingredients like apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, bananas, carrots, and even kale. What’s great about making your own is you can season them any way you want, try cinnamon for sweets and paprika or chili flakes for savory.
Nuts are one of the few snacks that are so tasty and so beneficial to your health. Plus, there are so many different types of nuts, all of which have their own added health benefits. You really can’t go wrong with this healthy choice! The one thing to remember about nuts is that they are a high-calorie snack, so it’s important to monitor how many portions you consume in a day. Other than that, they are high in unsaturated fats, omega three fatty acids, fiber, and l-arginine, which makes nuts extremely heart-friendly, working to improve your artery walls and strengthen your heart to prevent attacks and disease.
Jerky is a great snack when you need an energy boost. This is a great daytime snack that is perfect during the day since it not only gives you lots of energy, but it keeps you full and satiated for a long time. Since this snack comes from meat, it contains a lot of protein, which is great for balancing out excessive carbohydrate intake, and because the meat is dehydrated, it contains less fat and calories than meat that is fried. Going one healthy step further, to avoid processed jerky found in stores, you could easily make jerky in your own home using a few baking trays, parchment paper, and your home oven.