Healthy Snacks To Fight The Cravings

Have you ever had that feeling where you just want something sweet? After a good meal or while watching an exciting movie? For me I am guilty of this all the time. But afterwards you get this feeling of regret and guilt thinking to yourself “what did I just do?”. I’m sure its happened to all of us sometime or another.

Well here are some healthier options that you can try and just might enjoy more then that candy bar, cookie, or bowl of ice cream your thinking about picking up. Something that you can be proud of and not have that guilty feeling after wondering “which meal do I have to skip to make up for this?”. Enjoy the taste on your lips without the effect on the hips.

satisfy your sweet tooth

6 healthy alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth.

1. Fresh Fruit

One of the most simplest alternatives to artificial candies and sweeteners. Whether it be a sliced apple, bushel of bananas, bowl of grapes, savory strawberries, or a delicious orange. The natural sugars should offer you just that needed sweetness satisfy your craving.

2. Dark Chocolate

I’m not talking about grabbing that milk chocolate bar that your hoping for. With moderation, dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants and a satisfying sweet treat to get that chocolate taste when you need it.

3. Fruit Smoothie

This is a great milk shake alternative when you are wanting that icy cool deliciousness. By adding some crushed ice, skim/soy milk, and your favorite fruits, you cant go wrong whit a shake like that.

4. PB&J

Not just any PB&J is going to be a healthy alternative. By using an organic peanut butter and a non preservative jelly/jam on a whole wheat bread this can be a healthy delicious snack with a little extra protein and fiber to go along with it.

* Try adding some slices of bananas for a extra sweet kick to it. If you have never tried it I suggest you do, it could change your whole PB&J world.

5.Yogurt Parfait

With just a cup of Greek yogurt you can create a delicious treat. Top off your yogurt with some fruit, nuts, granola or perhaps some shaved dark chocolate and let your taste buds enjoy the ride.

6. Applesauce

A nice chilled bowl of applesauce is a healthy sweet dessert that anyone could enjoy. High in vitamins and fiber that can help regulate your blood sugar and also help fight those uncontrollable cravings.

Healthy Snack Attack

Sometimes you want a snack…and sometimes you don’t know what you want.

25 Healthy Snack Ideas - Healthy Snack Attack

Here are 25 healthy snack ideas to get your taste buds craving something good for you this summer or any time of the year!

 

  1. Air Popped Popcorn
  2. Sliced Apples
  3. Peanut Butter
  4. Almonds
  5. Olives
  6. Hard Boiled Eggs
  7. Orange Slices
  8. Frozen Grapes
  9. Cherry Tomatoes
  10. Tuna
  11. Greek Yogurt
  12. Sunflower Seeds
  13. Hummus
  14. Rice Cakes
  15. Rasins
  16. Baby Carrots
  17. Cashews
  18. Oatmeal
  19. Blueberries
  20. Watermelon
  21. Celery Sticks
  22. Almond Butter
  23. Bananas
  24. Cucumber Slices
  25. Black Bean Dip

 

10 healthy eating tips for kids

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bike? The most important part was getting the balance right. Once you could balance easily, the pedals could turn smoothly, to drive the wheels and get the bike moving.

The same thing is true when it comes to choosing our food. Once we have learned to carefully balance the amounts and types of foods eaten, all the organs in the body will function smoothly and the body will work efficiently.

Following these ten tips will help you stay fit and healthy. It’s as easy as riding a bike, once you’ve got the balance right!

1. Food is Fun… Enjoy your food

Sharing a meal with family and friends at home or at school is a great way to enjoy food. It is fun to see other people’s choice of food – what sandwich fillings do others have? Have you tried having a different filling every day? Check out your lunch box or dinner plate. How many different kinds of fruit and vegetables can you spot?

2. Breakfast is a very important meal

Our bodies always need energy, and after a night’s sleep, energy levels are low. Cars, buses and trains cannot run without fuel. So, whether you are off to school, or out and about at the weekend, start the day with breakfast. Plenty of carbohydrates is just the ticket: try cereal with semi-skimmed milk, fruit or yoghurt, toast or bread, perhaps with lean meats.

3. Eat lots of different foods every day, variety is the recipe for health

You need over 40 different kinds of vitamins and minerals every day for good health. Since there is no single food that contains them all, it is important to balance your daily choices. In fact there are no good or bad foods, so you do not need to miss out on the foods you enjoy. The best way to make sure you get the right balance is to eat a wide variety of foods each day.

4. Which group would you tip for the top? Base your food on carbohydrates

Many people don’t eat enough carbohydrate foods, such as cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes and bread. At least half the calories in your diet should come from these foods, so it is a good idea to include at least one of these at every meal. Try whole-grain bread, pasta and other cereals to give you extra fibre. Have you tried baking your own bread? It’s good fun and smells wonderful!

5. Gimme five! Eat fruits and vegetables with each meal and as tasty snacks!

Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals and fibre. We should all try to eat 5 servings a day. For example, a glass of fruit juice at breakfast, perhaps an apple and banana as snacks and two vegetables at meal times then you have already reached your total. How many different kinds can you spot in the supermarket? Why not try some new ones?

6. Fat facts. Too much saturated fat is not good for your health

Eating too many of those tasty, fatty foods (such as butter, spreads, fried meats and sausages, pies and pastries) might not always be so good for your body. So remember, a big helping of potatoes, but go easy on the butter. Although we need some fats to get all the nutrients we need, it is better for our health if we don’t eat too much of these foods and get knocked off balance. So, if you have a high-fat lunch, choose a low-fat dinner.

7. Snack attack! Eat regularly and choose a variety of snacks

Even if you eat regular meals during the day, there will still be times in between that you feel hungry, especially if you have been very physically active. Snacks can fill the gap, but should not be eaten in place of meals, only as an extra. There are lots of different snacks available. Your choice may be crisps, nuts and other packet snacks, chocolate bars, cakes and biscuits. On other occasions, you may prefer a sandwich, some fresh or dried fruits, or perhaps sticks of vegetables like carrots and celery. Whichever snack you enjoy, remember it is always good to include a variety of different types to keep things in balance.

8. Quench your thirst. Drink plenty of liquids

Did you know that more than half of your weight is just water? So as well as giving your body all the food it needs each day to keep healthy, you need at least 5 glasses of liquids a day. It is particularly important if the weather is very hot or if you have done lots of exercise, to have plenty to drink to prevent dehydration. Usually – but not always – your body will tell you this, by making you feel thirsty. Plain tap water is great of course, but bottled water, fruit juices, tea, soft drinks, milk and so on, can all be okay too.

9. Care for those teeth! Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Eating foods high in sugar or starches too often during the day can play a part in tooth decay. So don’t nibble foods and sip drinks all day long! However, the best way to keep a nice smile is to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Also, after brushing your teeth at bedtime, don’t eat any food, or drink anything but water!

10. Get moving! Be active every day

Just like a bike may become rusty if it is not used for some time, our muscles and bones need to be kept moving too. Activity is needed to keep your heart healthy and your bones strong. It can also be good fun. Try to include some form of activity every day: it may be just walking to school and running up the stairs. However, games like skipping and football at break times are good for giving the body a workout. Swimming is a particularly good sport for keeping you healthy.

Best Travel Snacks for the Road

  • Breakfast Bars

  • Chili-Lime Popcorn

  • Blue Cheese with Raw Vegetables

  • Chocolate-Zucchini Cakes with Walnuts

  • Blueberries and Yogurt

  • Split Pea Crisps

  • Peanut Butter and Pretzel Sticks

  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Almonds and Dark Chocolate

  • Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

  • Beet Chips

  • Tropical Fruit Parfait

  • Spiced Walnuts

Kale Dip with Snap Peas

Go beyond the usual salads, stir-fries, and smoothies and try this supercharged leafy green blended into a dip.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

3 cups thinly sliced kale leaves

Coarse salt

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

Pinch red-pepper flakes

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed

 

Directions

 

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and kale and season with salt. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool.

 

Transfer to a food processor. Add cottage cheese and puree until smooth. Season with pepper flakes and lemon juice.

 

Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil and cook peas until bright green and tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to an ice-water bath; drain. Serve with dip.

 

Cook’s Note: Dip can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Make your own go to healthy snack

Split Pea Crisps

Make this crunchy snack at home over the weekend, pack it in an airtight container, and munch on a handful whenever cravings strike.

Soak 1 cup dried yellow split peas in 3 cups water for 4 1/2 hours. Drain and pat dry. Over medium-high heat, coat a large skillet with oil. Add half the peas; cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and crunchy, 6 to 10 minutes. Season with salt. Repeat with remaining peas. Makes 12 servings (55 calories each).

Source: WholeLiving