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10 Filling Snacks Packed With Nutrition

10 Filling Snacks Packed With Nutrition

Nutritious snacks can keep you alert throughout the day and help your body maintain a consistent energy level. Eating healthy snacks provides important protein, fiber, and healthy fats you may miss during mealtime. Here are ten high nutrition, delicious snack ideas:

Popcorn: Most people avoid popcorn because they believe it is loaded with calories. However, popcorn is actually a very healthy option and an excellent source of fiber. Make sure you choose an all-natural brand that doesn’t contain extra butter or salt.

Greek Yogurt: Non-fat greek yogurt is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. It also contains half the sugar and sodium of other yogurts. Throw in some honey, cinnamon or fresh fruit for added flavor.

Fresh Fruit:
Fruit is easily portable and a great option for a quick pick-me-up snack on the go. Oranges, apples and bananas are excellent fruit choices to keep with you for when a hunger pang hits. Most fruits are naturally low in fat and sodium, and do not contain any cholesterol.

Hummus: This nutritious dip is best when paired with fresh veggies, such as carrots or broccoli. High in protein and fiber, hummus delivers a jam-packed boost of nutrition.

Edamame: Edamame is rich in folate, which studies have shown can help to even out mood levels. This Asian soybean also contains protein and fiber. Served with a little salt, this is a tasty mid-afternoon snack to fill you up and possibly even improve your mood.

Apple Sauce: Apples offer a great fiber boost and are also known to prevent certain types of cancer. Apple sauce sprinkled with a crushed graham crackers offers a tasty way to soothe a late afternoon sugar craving.

Raisins: Dried grapes provide antioxidant benefits that are difficult to find in other snack choices. Studies suggest that daily consumption of raisins can help significantly lower blood pressure.

Organic Cheese:
A few slices of organically produced cheese are easy to transport and pack a punch of protein that will help stave off hunger pangs. Also, cheese offers calcium, which helps strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis.

Trail Mix: In small portions, a mixture of nuts and dried fruits can fill you up and provide your body with fiber and protein. However, be wary of store-bought brands that include sugary ingredients.

Peanut Butter & Celery:
Peanut butter offers vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, fiber and antioxidants. Celery contains pthalides, which help lower blood pressure . The crunchy snack also offers calcium, magnesium and potassium. This snack duo is highly nutritious, and will fill you up while giving your body a healthy dose of nutritients.

With snacking, the key is portion control and choosing options that have nutritional value – as opposed to the empty calories that come from chips, candy or sodas.

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by Caitlin Sammons, Contributor to Holistic Nutrition on AllThingsHealing.com

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8:59PM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

Some very tasty snacks but I avoid soy because much of it is GMO.

4:00AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Thank you Dr. Neala Peake, for Sharing this!

10:25PM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Yes the Peanut Butter and crunchy celery does sound good!!
Thank you

3:35PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Interesting add-ons to shopping list

5:53AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Peanut butter and celery sounds yummy!

1:58AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Thank you :)

6:09AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

thanks

3:06AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

...and gotu kola and many other herbs and fruits...

3:03AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

I like to snack through my garden... as do my daughters, though my partner could do better!
Nasturtium flowers are so yummy...

9:53PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

When my boys were small we ate something called ants on a log - celery, peanut butter and raisons on top. It was the only way to get them to eat raw celery. Haven't tried all of these yet, but am working on it.

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