We are a nation of snackaholics. We crunch and munch some 580 calories from snacks every day. Our between-meal nibbles add up to some 25% of our total daily calories. Unfortunately, the most common snacks are calorie-rich and nutrient-poor options like cookies, cake and other dessert-type foods; salty snacks like potato and tortilla chips as well as sodas and other sweetened beverages.
For smarter snacking, we have three simple rules:
1. Snacks should provide positive nutrients and minimize negative nutrients like saturated fat and added sugars.
2. They should provide no more than 200 calories; and
Here are some of our favorite go-to snacks that meet our healthy snacking rules.
SoyJoy Bars: We have always liked these bars for their nutritional properties, but now they have been reformulated and have a much-improved taste and texture. The bars have no trans fat or hydrogenated oils and you get all of the health benefits of soy in just 140 calories.
The Laughing Cow Light Wedges and Mini BabyBel Light: Cheese is one of our favorite snacks, and to keep calories and portions in check, we like the Laughing Cow Light Wedges or Mini Babybel Light. The light wedges have only 35 calories and come in great flavors like Sundried Tomato & Basil. Mini Babybel Light has just 50 calories and is an excellent source of calcium and a good source of protein. We partner them with whole-wheat crackers or spread a wedge on a slice of toasted whole grain bread.
Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita: Another favorite is having 2 Tbs hummus with half of a whole-wheat pita, toasted and cut into wedges. Hummus is a great plant-based protein that is low in saturated fat and provides healthful mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
Apple with 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter: A piece of fruit smeared with 1 Tbsp peanut butter ups the fullness factor of the fruit. Peanuts are a good source of protein and the unsaturated fat in the nuts slow down digestion of the apple. We especially like the squeezable packets of peanut and nut butters from Peanut Butter & Co. and Justin’s.
Send us a comment with one of your favorite healthy snacks or a smart snacking “rule” and we will choose 20 of our favorites to receive either a SoyJoy or The Laughing Cow samples.
*Disclaimer: SoyJoy and The Laughing Cow are providing samples only for this giveaway. EatLikeAnRD.Com received no compensation from these brands.