Snackaholics, rejoice! Beat between-meal blahs with a month’s worth of tasty and creative healthy snacks for adults.
Snacking should be as mandatory as breakfast
Dietitian Rachel Beller, a nutritionist on The Biggest Loser, told Redbook magazine that grazing during the day has big impact. If you get too hungry between meals, that can deplete your willpower and make you consume more calories overall. The trick to healthy snacking? Choose nutrient-rich healthy snacks and filling combos of protein and fiber, like these popular picks from top dietitians and weight-loss bloggers. Some of these healthy foods are even more nutritious than you realize.
Baked sweet potato fries
This vitamin A-rich snack is a healthy-kid favorite, but there’s no reason you can’t also enjoy this Parenting recipe that swaps bad carbs for good ones: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Cut four sweet potatoes into 1-inch-wide wedges, place flesh-side down on a roasting pan, then brush with a mixture of 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook, turning once, for 20-25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon kosher salt.
Crispy kale chips
This unbelievable source of vitamins K, A, and C may become one of your new go-to late-afternoon healthy snacks. From Self: Place 1 large bunch raw kale leaves, stems removed, on a cookie sheet, then drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a pinch of salt. Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until crispy, about 10 to 12 minutes. Find out the 17 healthy foods that are dangerous to overeat.
Popcorn with a kick
A favorite, family-friendly snack for dietitian and Real Mom Nutrition blogger Sally Kuzemchak is popcorn—a surprising source of fiber and antioxidants. Among her favorite toppings: garlic, parmesan cheese, and sugar/salt.