Have you heard about our Rochelle’s Taste of the Day Program? Every day our customer service manager Rochelle picks some healthy foods to offer to our clients in the waiting room. She also posts them on Facebook to give our fans an opportunity to try new things. In this post, we’ve pulled 8 of the healthy snack ideas Rochelle has shared in the past. These are foods that require minimal (if any) preparation and can be enjoyed between meals, at work, at home or on the go, whenever you are craving something nutritious.
Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce
You’ve had an apple before, right? If it was one of the red or yellow ones, it was probably super sweet. The truth is, there is really no need for added sugar in apple sauce. And buying organic makes sure the apples were grown without pesticides and other harmful additives. Apple sauce can be eaten by itself or combined with other healthy foods like granola or oatmeal. You could even add it to your baked goods! And many food manufacturers are now conveniently packaging apple sauce in mini containers that you can easily take with you wherever you go for a healthy snack.
You may not think of sunflower seeds as something that can tame hunger. But being about 50% fat (the good kind) and 20% protein plus 20% carbohydrates, sunflower seeds can be rather filling. Of course, you don’t have to eat them by cups—add them to other foods like yogurt, soups, salads, smoothies and even cookies!
Cashew Butter and Fruit
Cashew butter is another way to vary your snacking habits. Depending on the brand, it typically has less additives like salt and preservatives than peanut butter. Want to make it even healthier? Instead of spreading cashew butter on a piece of toast, use it as a dip for fruits like pears or apples.
If you have been exploring healthier alternatives to potato and corn chips, you may have come across kale chips, beet chips and mixed veggie chips. But have you tried mango chips? This is a new and mess-free way to eat mango, which is especially refreshing if the fruit you buy tends to rot before you can get to it. Snack on these delicious things and you’ll satisfy your craving for “something crunchy.”
If you don’t like sunflower seeds, you should try pumpkin seeds as they are very different in taste. You could buy them in shells or already shell-free for easier snacking. Pumpkin seeds are a powerhouse of many different nutrients, such as zinc and magnesium. They are a perfect snack to munch on as you work on your computer, or you can sprinkle them on your yogurt, smoothie, toast, salad or any other food.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
If you haven’t discovered hummus for yourself yet, you need to try it! It’s healthy and delicious, and you will be a hummus fanatic in no time! It’s also perfect for snacking and requires minimum prep time. Just grab a container of hummus, cut up some veggies into manageable chunks and you are good to go. You can dip virtually anything into hummus, including peppers, carrots, broccoli, etc. If you have trouble eating enough veggies, dipping them in hummus for extra flavor might do the trick. Just watch so that you don’t empty out the whole container in one sitting!
You don’t have to freeze the grapes, but it adds extra crunch and prolongs their shelf life. If you are buying a large package, you can leave some on the counter to eat now, put some in the fridge for later and freeze some for a week after that! Grapes are delicious on their own, but you could also add them to your morning yogurt, oatmeal, cereal or other meal. They add a punch of flavor to salads as well!
Rochelle’s Taste Program:Today in the office I will be offering frozen grapes! Not only is it a hydrating tasty snack…
Seriously! Have you tried this yet? Roasted seaweed is an awesome and healthy snack you might enjoy. It’s crunchy, not messy and has a surprisingly refreshing and pleasant flavor if you are into seafood. No, it doesn’t taste anything like fish. The sheets of roasted seaweed are very thin and there are usually around 10 of them per package. They are great for satisfying a salty craving and supplying your body with vital vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B-12 and iodine. Because they are so thin, they usually get eaten pretty fast, so you might need something else to actually curb the hunger.
Hopefully, you have found some new healthy snack ideas to replace your old unhealthy snacks! And if you are wondering where to get all these foods in Towson, check our local Trader Joe’s. That’s where we purchased most of them, but the organic section of some other stores may have them too. Good luck on your journey to a healthier diet, and feel free to comment with any questions or other healthy snack ideas!