How many times do we go to the grocery shopping for household essentials and buy a few non-essential junk food items? Most people will answer “too many times”. Even though these “feel good” foods are fine to eat in moderation or on special occasions, we have to be careful to not make them a staple of the household.
When looking for a snack, we naturally go to the ‘cupboard’ and grab a bag of something salty, processed or sweet and filling– just because it is there.
But if it is not there, we will choose healthier options to fill the hunger.
Here are 5 healthy snacks to add to your shopping list:
An ounce of almonds contains six grams of protein. In addition to high amounts of vitamin E, riboflavin, trace minerals and healthy fats (28). Snacking on almonds regularly is associated with many other health benefits and may even help you control your weight. Almonds are high in calories, so it’s important to stick with the recommended serving size. A handful is equivalent to around 22 almonds.
Getting your protein from whole food sources is ideal. But protein shakes make for an easy snack or meal replacement that will add significant protein and other nutrients into your diet. Shakes can be made with several types of protein powder. Whey protein, in particular, may be beneficial for fullness and maximum benefit. Generally, a scoop of protein powder provides about 20 grams of protein, which is sure to keep you full until your next meal.
Jerky is an excellent, high protein and convenient-easy to transport snack. You can find beef, chicken, turkey or salmon types of jerky. It can be found when grocery shopping at most stores, but be sure to look for natural ingredients and low sugar content.
Eggs are very healthy and consist of almost every nutrient that your body needs. They are particularly high in B vitamins, trace minerals and protein and can serve as a meal replacement. In addition to being nutritious, they are also versatile. Hard-boiled eggs make a great portable snack.
Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, have recently become incredibly popular and accessible and can be found at most any grocery or convenience store. They’re also an excellent source of protein and fiber. A half-cup serving contains 7.5 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, in addition to providing some of almost every vitamin and mineral.
So, next time you go grocery shopping, try making a conscious effort to buy healthy, nutrient dense, high protein snacks. Your choices in the cupboard will then be limited to more nutritious and healthy items rather than those refined and highly processed.
At the end of the day this simple action can help you increase energy, reduce calorie intake and set the course for an overall healthier diet.
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