Updated: Jun 21, 2018
Getting older doesn’t mean you’re restricted to just 3 meals a day. It is still normal to get hungry in between meals and crave a snack to hold you over until your next meal. While the classic options like potato chips and pretzels will still be available, we recommend something a bit healthier that can taste just as good, if not better!
Fresh fruit is a classic, healthy snack option that is sure to satisfy your cravings. Fruits are very hydrating and filled with antioxidants and vitamins. When it comes to fruit, there are a lot of options such as apple slices, berries, orange slices, and bananas. Fruit is a great snack as it is also very portable; it can easily be thrown into a small bag and taken on any trip. This is great for a situation such as a long car ride where food may be unavailable.
If fruits are a healthy snack option, you can guarantee vegetables will be as well! Just like fruit, there are many veggie options for you to pick on including baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, and more. Make it a treat by pairing them with a dip of your choice or packing them in a bag, just like fruit.
You may be surprised to see this on the list, but if prepared correctly, popcorn can be a very healthy snack. It is packed with fiber and is also very inexpensive. If you’re looking for popcorn, try to avoid microwave or prepackaged popcorn. Instead, you should look for air-popped popcorn or purchase an air popper and pop it yourself. Of course, you could also make popcorn on the stove as long as it is made with a healthy oil, such as coconut oil. Plain popcorn may not necessarily taste the best, but it’s fine to add toppings like salt or cinnamon in moderation.
These are just a few healthy snacks that are great substitutions for potato chips or cookies.
Whatever snack you decide to choose to satisfy a pesky craving, ensure it’s a healthy one and not filled with troublesome fats and sugars.