We’re all prone to snacking in between meals, especially when you’re looking to combat those late afternoon munchies. While it’s easy to grab the tastiest option from the vending machine (hello, Cheez-Its!), it’s better for you in the long run to replace your favorite snacks with a healthy alternative. Sneak in extra nutrients with the following satisfying snack swaps that are sure-fire fixes for common cravings.
Sweet Treats - Instead of milk chocolate eat… dark chocolate!
Milk chocolate candy bars are missing a key nutrient:antioxidants. While you may have heard that chocolate is good for you, milk chocolate contains higher amounts of sugar and does not contain as much cocoa, which houses the disease-fighting antioxidants that make dark chocolate so good for you.
Raise the Bar - Instead of granola or cereal bars eat… fruit and nut bars!
Conventional granola bars can contain hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial preservatives. They also tend to contain mostly refined carbs and loads of sugar. Fruit and nut bars provide protein that you won’t find in the alternative, but check labels! You want to be sure that they’re made with real food ingredients such as fruit, nuts, and spices, and ideally they should contain at least three grams of fiber and five grams of protein. Or, try your hand at making your own!
Salty & Savory - Instead of chips eat… crisps!
Potato chips as a snack tend to lack protein, fiber, and healthy fat - the perfect trifecta for a filling snack. By substituting chips for even just 1oz. of ENLIGHTENED’s Roasted Broad Bean Crisps, you’re getting 7g of protein, 5g of fiber, and just 100 calories per serving!
Fruity Snacks - Instead of fruit snacks eat… actual fruit!
While the fruit snacks you grab might say they contain a serving of fruit, they still don’t cut it in comparison to the real deal. Since they lack the fiber that real fruit contains, your fruit snacks can spike blood sugar and lead to a crash similar to that of candy (however, if you do have a hankering for something chewy, check out how to make your own all-natural fruit leathers!).
Sweet Sips - Instead of soda drink… iced tea!
Conventional soda can contain artificial colors and flavors, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. While water is the best option, sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. Satisfy your thirst for something sweet with a substitute that’s lighter on sugar. Homemade iced tea gives you something refreshing and tasty to sip on without all that sugar.