Healthy Snacks to Eat Between Meals

In a world surrounded by fast food and energy drinks it can be easy to just pull into a drive-thru or run into a gas station for a RedBull when your having a snack attack. If you give yourself some time and planning you could already have a healthy and tasty snack ready to go when hunger strikes. Here are some healthy snacks that you can put together in no time to get all the energy and satisfaction that you crave.

Cottage cheese and apples are a quick and filling snack. Packed with protein and calcium, it will give you energy and the calcium will help strengthen your bones. It’s also one of the easiest snacks on this list to put together. Simply slice up the apple, grab a cottage cheese snack-pack and bite into a snack that tastes good and is good for you!

Speaking of healthy snacks, pumpkins seeds are an all-time favorite. With the holidays just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to make freshly roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkins seeds are an all-around super food perfect for snacking. They have tons of protein, about 14g per 1/2 cup. Pumpkin seeds provide plenty of the mineral zinc. Zinc is essential for strengthening your immune system, promotes healthy cell growth and aids in better sleep and mood.

Another delicious snack that is loaded with protein is hummus. A delightful dip from the Middle East, hummus is made with chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, salt, lemon juice and paprika blended together. Hummus is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which is an anti-inflammatory and has also been found to lower levels of depression. The protein helps balance blood sugar levels, which in turn reduces over-snacking and fills you up faster. More protein equals less snacking!

The next snack on this list is an oldie but a goodie. The classic “Ants on a log” This version is a lot healthier than the one you had as a kid. Fresh celery serves as a base for tasty nut-butter (almond or cashew) topped with whole almonds and dried fruit such as raisins or dried blueberries. Celery is an amazing food on its own being a negative calorie food itself. This means it burns more calories just digesting the food than it actually has. Using a nut butter such as almond butter is a healthier alternative to using peanut butter. Almonds are loaded with fatty acids that actually lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. They are also very high in calcium and potassium. The raisins or blueberries add a touch of sweetness and are a good source of antioxidants.

With just a few minutes out of your day, you can prepare these healthy snacks and not have to feel guilty about the dollar cheeseburger or that venti ice coffee. Eating snacks that are high in protein will keep your energy up and keep you feeling more focused and prepared to take on your day!

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