We’re living in times where stress eating seems inevitable.
Many of us are currently at home, and it's all too easy to wander into the kitchen to find something to snack on. If you’re binge-watching your favorite show, it’s almost a guarantee you'll polish off entire bags of chips or cookies.
Although we may love our favorite snacks, some of these can do more harm than good. Sugary and salty snacks can spike our blood sugar, leading us to crash later on in the day. Let’s look at 7 different healthy snacks that are well balanced but fill that snack craving!
RxBar Peanut Butter and Berries
Protein bars are a good choice if you’re crunched for time or want to get in a quick snack. Try to look for bars that are free of refined sugar and that are fruit or nut-based. Make sure you check the ingredients list for what type of added sugar it has. If a bar has simple ingredients like nuts and oats, then you’re in the right neighborhood.
We love Rx Bars, specifically the Peanut Butter and Berries bar. With raspberries, egg whites, and peanut butter, it’ll provide you with the protein and fiber that your body needs!
Boom Chicka Pop
Move over, movie theater popcorn! Boom Chicka Pop is here to steal your thunder. For the popcorn lovers out there, this gluten-free whole grain popcorn stands out from the competition. It's vegan, with no high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. With over 12 flavors, there’s definitely something for everyone. If you like sweeter popcorn, they offer a Sweet & Salty flavor that comes in at only 70 calories a cup!
This is great if you're currently in the middle of a binge-watching marathon. Don't want to buy popcorn? It's simple and even healthier to make your own!
Roasted Kale Chips
If you’ve got kale on hand at home, why not try your hand at some roasted kale chips? These chips are so straightforward, you’ll be wondering why you never attempted them before!
All you’ll need is kale, some seasoned salt, and olive oil. Some people like to get fancy and add some nutritional yeast for a little extra kick. You can play around with whatever in your kitchen to make it to your liking.
Go Back to Basics With Hummus
This famous dip from the Middle East is high in protein and low in sodium. Everyone likes to prepare their hummus differently. You can opt for various combinations of garlic, jalapeño, red pepper, or even paprika and lemon juice.
Some hummus lovers have even made dessert hummus that rivals cookie dough. Whether you decide to go sweet or savory, you can enjoy hummus along with fresh veggies or pita chips.
Justin’s Classic Almond/Peanut Butter
Justin’s Almond and Peanut Butter are wonderful because they only have two to three ingredients listed. What you see is what you get. Peanuts or almonds, salt, and palm oil.
Nut butter makes a great addition to a piece of whole-wheat toast or oatmeal for a well-rounded snack. You can even pair the nut butter with a banana to get a dose of Vitamin B that can help lower stress levels.
Crispy chickpeas are a great snack for those trying to lay off the chips. It’s got all the crunch at a fraction of the calories. Chickpeas are chock full of fiber, zinc, and folate, and happen to be both vegan and gluten-free.
Rinse and drain a can of chickpeas, and then toss with the spices of your choosing. Pop them in the oven for about 30 minutes, and bam! You’ve got crispy chickpeas that can rival your favorite brand of chips.
Baked Tortilla Chips and Salsa/Guacamole
It’s no secret that stress causes us all to reach for whatever carbs we can get our hands on. Baked tortilla chips are a great option because they are low carb.
Along with a salsa packed with Vitamin C, your body will thank you. Make your salsa from scratch to avoid hidden ingredients in store-bought salsa. Not a huge salsa fan? Homemade guacamole is incredibly easy to make, and if you add the right ingredients can be very filling & healthy!
Stress eating doesn't have to completely be a bad thing!
If we're conscious about what we put into our bodies, we can curb how bad stress-eating/snacking can be. We're all dealing with the quarantine in different ways, but each choice we make matters – no matter how small! What healthy snacks have you been enjoying in quarantine? Let us know down below!
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