A common question I receive is about the types of snack food that don’t derail weight loss. Afternoons are a critical time for staying on track with healthy eating. Energy slumps and pre-dinner hunger can lead to the temptation to snack. And you might not always reach for the best options if you haven’t planned ahead.
Here are four foods you can swap out for the usual sugary or starchy snacks.
1. Pork skins or pork rinds.
This may be a surprising choice but hear me out. The conventional wisdom is that animal fat is bad for us, but actually human beings are made from animal fat. That’s what we are! Pork rinds are a naturally occurring fat and have high protein content. The problem is we eat too many non-natural fats. The fat in pork rinds is more natural than the corn oil your Fritos are fried in which is not naturally occurring. Pork rinds are also readily available and inexpensive. Instead of chips, dip them into salsa or guacamole.
They have the salty taste and a satisfying crunch. Nuts are a good source of protein and some also provide fiber. Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids and almonds are rich in vitamin E and minerals such as magnesium. Nuts have a high fat content, but again, this is naturally occurring fat.
3. Dill pickles
Pickles are great way to satisfy the craving for a crunchy, salty snack. Being chilled in the fridge, they can also be refreshing. Savory, low fat and inexpensive, keep a jar of pickles handy for an easy option on a hungry afternoon.
Olives are actually a fruit. They are low in sugar and high in healthy oil. There are different types of olives with their unique flavor but all offer that salty, savory taste.
Being prepared with these smarter food options will make those snack attacks easier to manage. If you need additional nutritional guidance, check out our LifeLong Health program with proven strategies to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Text our office at 325-268-0650 to learn more.