5 Tasty, Unique, and Healthy Snacks that are Filling
Healthy snacking almost seems to be an oxymoron. Many diets suggest you snack on vegetables or fruit and that's great advice from a health perspective. However, these snacks can leave you craving a snack that tastes better.
Below are a few snacks that are healthier than potato chips but better tasting than carrots. In addition, these healthy snacks will actually make you full. It's possible for a snack to be filling.
Without an excess amount of butter, oil, cheese, and salt, popcorn is actually a low calorie snack that will keep you full. Furthermore, since popcorn takes longer to eat on a per calorie basis than snacks like potato chips, it will actually give your brain enough time to signal that it's full. Your brain can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes to signal that it's full. So if you eat a snack that's done in a few minutes, you'll likely still be hungry.
However, making your own popcorn can be time-consuming. In particular, cleaning up an oily pan or popcorn cooker isn't fun. Conventional microwave popcorn is faster but it's also been called an absolute health nightmare due to its hydrogenated oils, preservatives, and chemically coated bags. Hydrogenated oils are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oils like corn oil or peanut oil. Adding hydrogen increases shelf life but it also may increase bad cholesterol and be bad for your cardiovascular system.
Quinn Popcorn has all of the health benefits of homestyle popcorn with none of the health risks of typical microwave popcorn. It has no hydrogenated oils, no chemical coatings/plastic, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and is made from organic, non-GMO popcorn. Oh, and it tastes great!
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Jerky gets a bad rap as being unhealthy, junk food but we believe it is much healthier for you than common snacks like potato chips, cookies, or crackers. Jerky is extremely low in calories, high in protein, contains a diverse mix of amino acids, and is definitely a snack that will keep you full.
Typical jerky does have some drawbacks, though. First, it can often be rough and tough to chew. It also doesn't always taste great. Furthermore, many popular brands of jerky contain nitrates, MSG, and other types of preservatives. Nitrates are salts that are frequently added to processed meats to increase shelf life. Whether nitrates are bad for you is a matter of debate but there are possible links between nitrates and cancer, diabetes, and other ailments. Monosodium glutamate (commonly known as MSG and many other synonyms) is a popular food additive that enhances the flavors of food. There are conflicting reports over whether MSG is healthy or not but it almost definitely makes you more hungry. Perky Jerky solves all of these issues.
Perky Jerky contains no nitrates, no added MSG, and no preservatives. And maybe more importantly, it tastes great and is tender and easy to chew. It does have a little more sugar than most types of jerky but we believe the huge difference in taste is worth a few extra grams of sugar.
Eating a variety of different whole grains like oats, rice, buckwheat, and quinoa is great for your diet compared to eating food with refined flour or other simple carbohydrates. A whole grain is simply a grain like rice in its original intact form versus eating a processed derivative like rice flour. Eating whole grains instead of refined grains has a variety of benefits including more nutrients, more fiber, and better satiety. However, cooking whole grains often takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes. And cooking a variety of whole grains at one time can be a challenge. KIND Healthy Grains Clusters are an ultra-convenient, great-tasting way to incorporate whole grains into your diet.
They include a myriad of whole grains including oats, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, and quinoa. They're also gluten-free, low in sodium, and adhere to KIND's philosophy of making food with "ingredients you can see and pronounce".
They're also an extremely versatile snack. If you're looking for a quick, crunchy snack, just open the bag and enjoy. But they also make a good base for a quick meal. For example, you can mix Healthy Grains with some almond milk, honey, and pumpkin seeds for a more complete meal. Or you can make them even tastier by adding some almond oil and seasoned salt.
Like popcorn, Harvest Snaps are good-tasting snacks that you can enjoy for much longer than a similar calorie amount of potato chips, candy, or cookies. On average, 3 servings of Harvest Snaps contains around 300-400 calories. A similar amount of the aforementioned snacks generally has at least double the calories.
In addition, depending on the variety you choose, Harvest Snaps are based on black beans, lentils, or green peas instead of wheat, corn, or potatoes. This makes them gluten-free and even if you don't have gluten sensitivity, a case could still be made to avoid wheat completely.
If you're looking for a decent-tasting, crunchy snack that gives you the best calories-per-crunch, corn nuts might be the answer. You can easily enjoy 300 calories worth of corn nuts for a good 10 minutes or so. You'll be done with a similar amount of potato chips in a minute or two.
Furthermore, corn nuts are a great value. For the price of a bag or two of kale chips, you can easily buy yourself enough snacks to last at least a month.
Our favorite flavor is Ranch but Chile Picante and Original also seem to be popular. You can also make your own flavors by adding oil and seasonings before you eat. For example, we sometimes like to add sunflower oil, garlic powder, and onion powder to intensify the ranch flavor.