Great Snacks for a Healthier Lifestyle Change

Assorted Nuts for Snacks

Potato chips are simply one of the worst things to eat.  Pretty much devoid of nutrition, and packed with carbohydrates, fat, and sodium, their popularity relies solely on salty flavor and mouth feel.  Finding a crunchy, salty, yet healthy alternative isn't all that easy, but it is possible.  Some of the options are even shelf stable in the drawer at work. 

Seeds and nuts are a great option.  Their crunchy, then creamy mouth feel and salty exterior do a great job of substituting for chips.  They are very satisfying thanks to the bit of healthy fat contained in each one, and are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, and macadamias are among the many types of nuts, and the varying flavor profiles offer a lot of choices.  Almond, cashew, and peanut butters are all widely available, but beware the addition of carbohydrates, and choose your nut-butter delivery device well.  Celery or apple slices are a better choice than crackers.  Sunflower and pumpkin seeds similarly pack a vitamin and mineral packed punch, and keep very well also.  Choosing nuts and seeds in their shell is a great way to limit portion sizes.

Roasted nori snacks are another great option. Nori is a red algae type of seaweed, and is absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals.  As long as the flavorings that are applied are not salt, fat, or sugar heavy, roasted nori is a crunchy, umami-laden choice, and has a delightful flavor.  Nori alone is very low in calories, and is high in fiber.  It is a great way to add some sea vegetables into a healthy diet.  It is shelf stable, and is often packaged in single serving sizes.  It is becoming easier to find in ordinary grocery stores, but is very common and likely less expensive in a local Asian market.


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