Mid-morning hunger has most likely affected you at some point--and when meals seem to be years instead of hours away, some healthy snack ideas can be a lifesaver. While it can be difficult and time consuming to choose snacks that are nutritious and delicious, it is possible. Below are some great snack ideas that are sure to keep you feeling full and looking great. Try some of these healthy snack ideas out today!
Cottage Cheese and Dried Apricots
Cottage cheese is a great dietary source of calcium, which is a nutrient that is sometimes missed. In addition, cottage cheese contains high amounts of dietary protein, making it a great option for vegetarians. When choosing cottage cheese, look for varieties that are low in fat and calories--this way, you can still get all of the great benefits without sabotaging your diet for the rest of the day.
Add some apricots for an added sweetness and texture change. Dried fruits are some of the most nutrient-dense items available, and dried apricots are no exception. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these mighty fruits are essential to promoting and maintaining good health. Finally, dried apricots (and apricots in general) contain high amounts of fiber, which is slow-digesting. This means that it stays in your stomach for a long period of time, keeping you feeling full and preventing over-eating at future meals.
Cherry Tomatoes with Hummus
Cherry tomatoes make a great snack because they are so easy to transport and don't need to be refrigerated. In addition, the vitamins, minerals, and fiber found in tomatoes will not only keep you healthy, but will keep you feeling full. Hummus is a traditional Mediterranean dish that is composed of garbanzo or pinto beans, both of which contain high amount of some of the healthiest protein available. In addition, hummus typically contains olive oil, which is composed of monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats are "healthy" fats, and are essential to promoting heart health, and preventing other diseases and conditions including strokes and certain cancers. Hummus is often made in a variety of flavors, guaranteed to keep your taste buds satisfied.
Almonds and Dried Cranberries
Like dried apricots, dried cranberries provide important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants that are all important in promoting good health and preventing feelings of hunger. Almonds go very well with dried cranberries. While almonds can be high in fat, like olive oil they are composed of a healthy fat that actually promotes good health. When choosing almonds, make sure to purchase them in their most natural form. This means buying almonds that are raw or dry-roasted with no added salt or other flavorings which are traditionally loaded with sodium. Be aware that almonds are high in calories--so be sure to measure out servings of the almonds and place them in bags along with the cranberries. This will ensure that you will get a healthy snack without too many added calories.