How Healthier Snacking Can Help You Reach Your Goals

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Written by Benjamin Smith | Last Updated February 24th, 2020
Benjamin Smith is a Content Management and SEO Strategist for Best Company specializing in home, health, and wellness. With roots in public relations, he strives to provide consumers with data and information that will carry them from the beginning stages of research to the final stage of finding the best product or service.

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One of the greatest challenges in meeting health and fitness goals is examining our snacking habits. I am not saying that snacks are bad; in fact, according to Medline Plus, healthy snacking can help you avoid overeating during meal time.

To ensure your snacks aren't sabotoging your health, take a close look at the nutrition facts on the label. Avoid snacks with excessive fat and sugar, and choose high-protein snacks that will keep you feeling full longer.

An article by Harvard Health Publishing offers the following ideas for healthier snacking: 

  • Go for the whole-grain.
  • Bring back breakfast. Have some whole-grain toast or low-sugar granola later in the day.
  • Try a “high-low” combination, like apples with a little bit of peanut butter.
  • Go nuts. Have some unsalted nuts as a snack.
  • Eat a combination of protein, fat, and carbs.
  • Snack mindfully. Instead of getting distracted, focus on the snack.
  • Take it with you. Think ahead and carry a small bag with some healthy snacks with you.

One nutritious snack I actually enjoy eating is protein balls. This recipe uses a trend in the health food industry — powdered peanut butter, which is finding its way onto more and more store shelves. Not only does this recipe make a great snack, it also satisfies your sweet tooth!

Almond PB2 Protein Balls

Recipe by Amy at Sizzling Eats

Protein Balls

Photo courtesy of PB2 Foods

Yields about 12 balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 tbsp Almond PB2 reconstitute with 9 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free baking bar chopped
  • 6 tsp stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Calories: 135 kcal

Directions:

  • In a small stockpot, add reconstituted PB2 Almond, heavy cream, and butter.
  • Melt ingredients until creamy over low heat.
  • In medium bowl, add ALL other ingredients.
  • Add heated mixture into ingredients.
  • Using moist hands, form tablespoon-sized balls.
  • Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Refrigerate for about 15 minutes until firm.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Today's healthy snacks are not as boring and bland as the plain rice cakes of the past. Just because your snacks may not come in the shiny plastic wrapping of a candy bar, doesn’t mean that they won’t taste great. Experts from Women's Health agree that healthy snacks can be varied and flavorful. Check out their list of the top 50 healthy snacks recipes. But first, maybe grab a snack!

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