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I think we can all admit that eating healthy is hard. There are just too many foods that taste so good (ie. Oreo cookies), yet are bad for your body. The hardest part for me though, is snacking. As a college student, I am constantly snacking, whether it be while I’m studying, watching TV, or even when I’m just bored. It seems like I’ll have a full family size bag of Doritos one second, and the next they’re all gone, every last crumb. After a snacking session like this I often feel guilty and my stomach usually doesn’t feel so great from the onslaught of preservatives and fat I’ve put into my body. It is possible, however, to still munch on your snacks while being healthy. Here’s a list I’ve made of healthy snacks you can eat to satisfy every type of craving.
1.) The Salty Craving
This one is a big one for me since I am an absolute salt addict, but instead of reaching for that bag of potato chips, here are some healthier options.
-Kale Chips: Being the superfood that it is, kale is the perfect food to snack on, and kale chips are super easy to make. Just throw some olive oil and a sprinkle of salt on some fresh kale and bake it in the oven for 10 minutes, and voila, you’ve got a deliciously salty snack that you do not have to feel guilty about.
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-Air-popped popcorn: Popcorn is low in calorie and high in fiber, making it a great substitute for your salty craving. Just don’t add the butter and add a pinch of salt, and you have a healthy, guilt free snack.
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2.) The Sweet Craving
Put away the cookies and ice cream, because here’s some delicious snacks that make great substitutes when you’re craving something sweet.
-Yogurt Parfait: Take some Greek yogurt, top it with some organic granola, and add your favorite fruit to make a yummy and satisfying snack.
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-Frozen grapes: Pop your grapes in the freezer for a few hours and you’ve got a healthy snack that is just sweet enough to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Grapes are also packed with antioxidants and can lower your levels of bad cholesterol.
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3.) The Chocolate Craving
Instead of reaching for your favorite candy bar, here’s some options to please all chocolate lovers.
-Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate that is more than 70 percent cacao is a great substitute for your traditional milk chocolate. With less fat and sugar, and high levels of antioxidants, dark chocolate makes a great healthy snack in moderation.
-Homemade hot-cocoa: Take some organic soy milk or almond milk, add two tablespoons of cocoa and a pinch of sugar and you have a deliciously warm beverage that will warm up your tummy and give you some extra calcium too.
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So next time you’re reaching for the chocolate chip cookies or Cheetos, try some of these options instead. I guarantee you’ll feel less guilty while eating them and your body will most definitely thank you later.
Happy Snacking Everyone!