Snacks can either be a healthy eater’s dream or downfall. On one hand, between-meal eats can keep your metabolism revved up and rolling, but on the other, if you choose the wrong ones, they can easily do your eating regimen a disservice. That’s why it’s all about your healthy choices. The best snack is an appetizing and satiating one, ideally containing a protein, fiber, calcium, or antioxidants, and a number of different options can keep you satisfied while also keeping you slim.
Now, back away from the Cheetos and get ready to go grocery shopping. We’re throwing 10 examples of sensible snacking choices your way, because if you’re going to snack in between meals, you might as well keep it clean. With the help of Self, Women’s Health, and Real Simple, we’ve rounded up what snacks we consider to be the top 10. Read on and see if you agree.
10. Get Nutty
Perhaps one of the best snack choices out there is a simple handful of nuts. Don’t make the mistake of believing that nuts can’t fill you up. In fact, they promise the opposite — and that’s thanks to their high fiber content. On top of that, nuts are also full of healthy fats and vitamins, and 23 almonds only yield 162 calories, according to Self.
Or, if you prefer a combination of savory and sweet, try a handful of nuts and dry fruit. We’re talking 1 tablespoon of peanuts and 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries. Don’t knock it until you try it, and we know that it doesn’t sound like a lot, but trust us, nuts are satiating enough to make you feel satisfied with just one handful. Sometimes, less is more.