What’s your snack style? Savory? Sweet? A little bit of both?
We love a good snack, and we almost always have a stash on hand. The day that we don’t is not a good day. A healthy snack can be just what you need to power through that midday work meeting or hold you over while you pick up the kids from summer camp. However, snacking can easily become a hindrance instead of a help.
Snacks can be a great source of nutrients – when you snack right. Mindless snacking on deep fried chips or mini chocolate cookies, on the other hand, isn’t going to do your health any favors. In fact, snacking has increased so much over the years that snacks now make up 25% of a person’s daily calories. And that daily calorie intake has increased as a result.
In order to maintain a healthy eating pattern and keep calories in check, you may want to keep an eye on those snacks. While a handful of trail mix may seem like a healthy choice for a snack, mindlessly grabbing a 2nd or 3rd handful just made your healthy snack a calorie bomb. While we are huge fans of the healthy-fat-filled nut, it’s easy to overdo it on snacks you can grab straight out of the bag.
Another thing you may find is that snacking doesn’t always occur because you’re hungry – it occurs out of habit or out of boredom. It’s true, sometimes we find ourselves needing something to do, so we wander over to the pantry and grab a snack to pass the time. Or we settle down to catch up on our favorite shows for the night, and we suddenly feel the need to grab a bag of chips. Identifying these behaviors is the most important way to control your snack habits!
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with snacking if you’re doing it in a healthy way. By controlling portions and being aware of your behavior, you can stay on track without sabotaging your calorie goals! For some healthy snack ideas, we’ve compiled out favorite snacks under 100 calories so that you can snack healthy and snack happy. Try one of these options mid-morning or mid-afternoon for a pick-me-up between meals for a low-calorie snack that satisfies!