According to survey results published by the NPD Group that might not be a completely accurate assumption. In fact Americans with the healthiest eating habits were twice as likely to snack as compared to their less-healthy counterparts. More specifically people with healthy diets consumed 36 percent more snacks over the year than the average consumer.
It makes sense. Snacking is a great way to curb hunger through out the day and when you curb hunger you’re less likely to overeat at main meals. If 50 calories curbs your hunger 2 hours before lunch it might save you a few hundred when noon rolls around.
Snacking healthy does, however, require a little knowledge. While we all know a bag of chips isn’t a healthy snack, sometimes even “healthy snacks” aren’t that healthy. Here are five “healthy snacks” to watch out for:
- Dried Veggies: Snapea Crisps for example are not so light on calories: a one-ounce serving, or about 22 crisps, has 150 calories and 8 grams of fat. That puts them in Doritos territory.
- Veggie Chips: Same story. Terra Chips contain 150 calories and 9 grams of fat in each one-ounce serving.
- Granola Bars: Healthy grains are a plus, but the sugar and syrup dousing they get isn’t healthy at all. Add in some chocolate, dried fruit and other sugary additives and you might as well grab a cookie.
- Dried Fruit: It takes more dried fruit to feel full than whole fruit and that equates to more sugar and more calories. Additionally, most dried fruit is also covered in sugar.
- Bran Muffins: One medium muffin contains 305 calories, 8.4 grams of fat and 9.3 grams of sugar. To compare, a cake doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts has 280 calories, 18 grams of fat and 6 grams of sugar.
- Greek Yogurt: 6 oz of Greek non-fat yogurt, with a little honey and some chopped nuts makes for a great protein filled snack.
- Roasted Seaweed: Roasted seaweed comes in these great little 16 calorie grab-and-go packs. It tastes great and is surprisingly filling.
- Apple: Seriously just grab an apple. They fill you up and with a little almond butter you can get some protein in there too.
- Avocado: Another favorite. Throw a little salt and maybe some lemon on it for a little variety.
- Dried Cherries & Almonds: A smart combo of one of the healthier nuts and a low sugar dried fruit.
- Hard Boiled Eggs: Filling and packed full of protein.