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5 Bad Snacking Habits Made Healthy

Posted by Alexandra C. | Tuesday November 13, 201217 comments

You may already know that I'm a huge snack fiend. I love my munchies while at work, on the go or just lazing about at home. And speaking of lazing about, you may already know that when it comes to food and cooking, I can be a bit (ok, a lot) lazy when I'm making a meal for one. It's so easy for me to just go to the coffee shop, eat a processed snack or if I'm feeling especially naughty, head to the nearest fast food joint and pick something up in a hurry. However, constantly eating out or eating pre made foods is not only costly, but because you're not preparing your own foods from scratch it is also unhealthy. This got me thinking of all the snacks that I could be easily switching up for something more filling and healthy. 

I came up with 5 snacking alternatives to many of the items that I eat every week that are actually not the best option. Some of these 'bad' snacks may even surprise you! 
Snack #1: Breakfast Sandwich 

It's so easy when you're in a rush in the morning to stop by McDonald's and pick up a breakfast sandwich. I love me a breakfast sandwich but they're mostly filled with fats and carbs and not enough protein for long term energy. Keeping up the habit of buying processed foods instead of making your own is not just unhealthy but also costly. Instead of a breakfast sandwich, pack some instant oatmeal and orange juice. You can boil water at work and topped with a few nuts and some fruit, you have a protein filled, nutritious breakfast to give you energy. 

Snack #2: Flavoured Latte and Muffin 

We all need an afternoon pick me up but going for your latte fix and a dense muffin means a lot of carbs (a brulee latte may be delicious but has a ton of sugar) that give you immediate energy but not long term. Instead, go for green tea which contains anti-oxidants. If you need a bit of sweetness, have a small piece of dark chocolate, also rich in anti-oxidants. If you're especially attached to your muffins, try this recipe for homemade, lemon poppy seed muffins that are also gluten free! 
Snack #3: Dried Fruit 

You'd think that dried fruit would be similar to fresh fruit, but most dried fruits that you'll find in stores have added sugars and sulfates that take away a lot of the nutritional value. When it's so easy, why not just have some fresh fruit instead? If you're craving something a bit sweeter, try adding a bit of natural peanut butter to a banana or apple. Or, freeze an over ripe banana, then mash or slice.
Snack #4 Fat-Free Flavoured Yogurt 

While fat free yogurts may seem like a good idea, they're usually loaded with sugar or sugar substitute and don't really offer anything to your body except being a convenient, low cal snack. Low cal doesn't always mean healthy though. It's a better idea to try a plain, non fat greek yogurt which contains a lot of protein. If you need to sweeten it, use a bit of honey or agave and top with fruit or a bit of granola and even some cinnamon. 
Snack #5: Veggie Chips

Imagine my surprise when I found out that veggie chips didn't actually count as part of your 5-10 a day! Who knew?! While a veggie chip is better for you than a regular chip, they don't actually offer any nutritional value. 

If you still crave the saltiness of a chip, try some kale chips or edamame with sea salt sprinkled on top. Edamame is available frozen so it's an easy snack to pack for lunch but more importantly, it's high in protein and quite tasty! Kale chips are delicious and loaded with iron, calcium and essential vitamins. 
What are your go-to snacks during the day?

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on April 13, 2017  Aletha25  4,604 said:

Seems much more healthier then what I have been doing before lol

on October 01, 2015  Kylee  40,914 said:

I love these tips so much, very helpful. I love peanut butter and bananas that's one of my favourite go to snacks to have. :) healthy=happy

on July 03, 2015  Cupcake  24,317 said:

Great tips

on March 22, 2015  mimi8801  15,057 said:

These are great tips, I learned a lot of new things.

on March 16, 2013  smiley_gen  9,832 said:

Yumm... i'm getting hungry! I'm an edamame freak!

on March 14, 2013  Midge said:

Oatmeal is not a good source of protein. Juice is also high in sugar and combined with the oatmeal would certainly spike hunger. A breakfast sandwich without cheese or meat would still be a better option, as eggs are high in protein and low in calories.

on November 19, 2012  shanaz  5,961 said:

Imagine, we try to eat healthier and then come to find out that the items we choose are STILL not that healthy :( This is a very insightful article. I had NO idea about the dried fruits and the vegetable chips...


on November 18, 2012  cutie_marlena  3,191 said:

Wow I didn't think about the added sugar to dry fruit. Hmm...interesting. These tips are all great because they took a lot of things that I thought were already healthy, proved me entirely wrong, and then gave me some tasty alternatives! Good job!

on November 14, 2012  layalxo  2,543 said:

Sounds delicious! I have recently tried to keep a healthier lifestyle, and this is something I am going to keep in mind. Not that I am unhealthy, I am in a healthy range but I used to snack a lot and felt very lazy and unhealthy. I feel a lot better now that I have changed from eating snacks to eating fruits and veggies more often.

on November 14, 2012  flower  4,433 said:

I like lots of yogurt

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