Health & Fitness

Snack On These Instead

A lot of times at gatherings I am the one with a plate of fruit or the healthiest things I can find on the table. In the lunchroom, my co-workers sometimes make fun of me saying they would like to see what I store in my pantry since my lunchbox consist of things they have never eaten or even know about. The health nut in training that I am tries really hard to have all the recommended amount of each food group throughout the day and I plan my meals accordingly. I am at a point where if any food item cannot pass my ” is it worth it” test, it will land itself inside of my body.

Snacks, I do love snacks. However, I don’t eat snacks just to eat it. My snacks are part of my daily strategic meal plans. From fruit and veggie salads to whole grain crackers with hummus, my snacks serve a purpose beyond just something you eat while you wait to get the “real food”.

As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, I follow a health magazine by the name of Fitness Magazine. Daily, I receive tips on fitness, healthy living, and recipes for healthy eating. Below is the tip on healthy eating I received yesterday and I think it is another great one to share.

The Best Natural Snacks

1. Kashi Autumn Wheat

Organic whole-grain wheat, organic evaporated cane juice, natural flavor. Those are the only three ingredients in Kashi’s Autumn Wheat cereal. Simple formula, but think shredded wheat on steroids. It’s USDA certified organic, low fat, cholesterol and sodium free, and provides a quarter of your daily fiber needs per cup. Plus, the bite-size biscuits actually taste really, really good — liked by both adults and 2-year-olds (seriously). And for a breakfast cereal, there’s no more rigorous taste test than that.

Nutrition: (1 cup): 190 calories, 1g fat, 45g carbohydrates, 0g sodium, 6g fiber, 5g protein

Price: $3.50 for a 17.5-ounce box

Where to buy: Major retailers, including Whole Foods, Target, Publix, and Wegmans.

2. Stacy’s Parmesan Garlic and Herb Pita Chips

If you’re hankering for something crunchy and salty, these will do the trick. These baked pita chips, seasoned with Parmesan cheese, garlic, and parsley, are good straight out of the bag – but a bit dry. However, pair them with hummus or a dip and these sturdy snacks certainly won’t be suffering from limp-chip syndrome.

Other favorite flavors include Cinnamon Sugar (just the right amount of sweetness) and Multigrain (a nutty flavor from the rolled oats and sesame seeds), though these versions are slightly less friendly on the waistline.

Nutrition: (1 ounce, about 12 chips): 140 calories, 5g fat (0.5g saturated), 19g carbohydrates, 200mg sodium, 2g fiber, 4g protein

Price: $3.25 for a 6-ounce bag

Where to buy: Major retailers, including Safeway, Kroger, Whole Foods, Publix, Target, and CVS.

3. FAGE Total 2% Peach Yogurt

FAGE Greek Yogurt’s tagline, “ridiculously thick yogurt,” is not hyperbole; think the consistency of softened cream cheese, making for an incredibly rich, creamy texture, but their 2% line also comes in four different flavors in addition to plain — peach, strawberry, cherry, and honey — so while this all-natural snack delivers all the protein of a lowfat yogurt, it also tastes like dessert. In our humble opinion, no other yogurt — Greek or regular — comes close to FAGE (and we’ve tasted a lot of yogurt).

I am a 26 year-old educator on the run of becoming all that I can in the time that I have. A few years ago, I embarked on a journey filled with spiritual discoveries, healthy habits, and a passion for education stronger than I've ever had. Learning what to do to become a better person have always interest me. One of my passions is to know a little about everything in order to gain the capability of forming my own opinion so others won't have to do it for me. Another passion that was buried deep inside finally came to the surface and allowed me to see the adventurous side of me. I am on a journey to see the world and do things outside of my comfort zone. I will write all about it along the way!

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