We all crave snacks and junk food once in a while but these foods are often unhealthy. Hunger Actions has come up with a list of alternatives for some of your favorite snack items!
Candy is loaded with unhealthy sugar; within the average bag of candy there is approximately 47 grams of sugar. Switching to dried fruit alternatives, like apricots, raisins, or dates,will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but also provide you with your daily micronutrients (vitamin and minerals) as well!
Chips contain saturated fat, large amounts of sodium, and no beneficial nutrients. An alternative to potato chips is baked kale chips. Kale is a leafy green that is full of essential vitamins and minerals. It improves blood glucose control, skin and bone health, and also lowers the risk of cancer. The best part is how quick kale chips are to make! All you need to do is drizzle olive oil over the kale, sprinkle with seasoning salt, bake for 15 minutes, and you are ready to snack.
While french fries are really tasty, they are also high in calories, trans fats and sodium. To satisfy your salty cravings, you can substitute french fries with oven-roasted sweet-potato wedges! Sweet potatoes are powerful antioxidants that can help protect you from aging and help ward off cancer. They also contain high amounts of fiber, which is great for your digestive system. All you need to do is coat the sweet potato wedges with some seasoning and bake the potatoes for 30 minutes.
For all you pudding lovers out there, coconut chia pudding is your perfect alternative. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants factors, fiber (good for the digestive system) and quality protein. To make this pudding, you mix chia seeds, coconut milk and honey, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. It will be ready for you to enjoy the next day!
Eating healthy is definitely not hard to do when there are so many nutritious and economic alternatives to those unhealthy snacks. Give these alternatives a try and let us know how it turns out! Stay tuned as we will be posting more nutrition tips next Friday!