Healthy snacks are a very controversial subject these days? What makes them healthy? What should be considered a good snack?
We hear about healthy snacks everyday but can’t quite figure out which ones to buy at the grocery store. People normally crave in between meals and that’s when snacking starts. Eating more at each meal will not minimize cravings.
So, is it healthy to snack? Yes, it can be. Switching from chocolate bars or chips to fruits, nuts, bars and dried fruit is the first step. A fruit may be the best choice, since most fruits provide key ingredients to help suppressing your appetite, such as water and sugar.
Nuts are also very healthy if eaten in moderation, providing a rich source of protein and dietary fiber. Nuts provide essential nutrients such as vitamins B and E and minerals such as iron, magnesium, selenium and potassium, lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Nuts are a general term for dry seed or dry fruit normally found in grocery stores in bulk or pre-packed bags. All nuts are seeds, but not all seeds are nuts. Some examples of true nuts are walnut and chestnut. Seeds come from fruit, such as almonds, pistachios and cashews.
Several “mixed nuts” are also available at stores. Snacking nuts may be healthy but here’s a red-flag alert: it may not be as healthy as you think.
Nuts are also very high in calories and fats. If you are trying to lose weight, nuts may not be your best choice, perhaps an apple or an orange instead of trail mix.
So, eat nuts in small portions, perhaps a maximum of a handful per day, enough for all the benefits and not enough to make you worry about calories and fats.