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5 Nutritionist-Approved Healthy Snack Food Swaps
March 16, 2016
Whether you’re looking for a convenient post-SoulCycle snack or a healthy go-to to replace the chips on your desk, snacking right can be nothing short of difficult. The sheer number of food products that claim to be “healthy” can make anyone feel overwhelmed. So we turned to Tovita Nutrition pros (and SoulCycle riders!) LEAH SILBERMAN and MOLLY RIEGER, who shared their top 5 favorite snack products to guide you through any healthy eating slump.
Instead of GUMMY FRUIT SNACKS, try APPLE CHIPS.
While we all crave something sweet, avoid going for the gummy fruit snacks that claim to be made with real fruit. Instead, they're loaded with artificial colors and corn syrup, which has been linked to heart disease, obesity and diabetes. On the other hand, apple chips are made with one ingredient: organic apples. That’s it! While fruit snacks are made with processed ingredients and added sugar, apple chips are the natural sweet. Plus one serving has 4 grams of fiber!
Instead of POTATO CHIPS, try JICA CHIPS.
We already know that potato chips are unhealthy — a study at Harvard University revealed that consumption of them is strongly linked to weight gain and obesity. But that doesn’t always stop us from succumbing to our salty cravings! Back away from the taters, and choose jica chips instead: They're made with three ingredients: baked jicama, olive oil, and sea salt. One bag is just 100 calories and contains 5 grams of fiber!
Instead of CORN NUTS, try DRY ROASTED EDAMAME.
Corn nuts are a deep-fried don't. Instead we like to recommend the 100 calorie snack packs of dry roasted edamame to set yourself up for success. (We all know how eating straight out of the bag goes…). One pouch has 11 grams of protein — which helps keep you satisfied and prevents overeating later on — and 6 grams of fiber, making it a great post-SOUL snack, especially if you’re on the go!
Instead of PRETZELS, try WHOLE GRAIN CRACKERS.
We all crave carbs, but try not to pick pretzels, which are made with refined flour and added salt! Satisfy your urge for a crunchy carb with crackers made of healthy whole grains, which have been shown to reduce your risk of death from cancer and diabetes by 20 percent. Mary's Gone Crackers are chock-full of grains and seeds like brown rice, quinoa, and flax seeds.
Instead of A CHOCOLATE BAR, try CHOCOLATE RICE CAKES.
Most of us have a weakness for chocolate, and that’s okay! Dark chocolate has loads of health benefits thanks to its antioxidant concentration. But rather than diving into a drugstore counter bar, reach for the dark chocolate covered rice cake. One serving (2 cakes) contains 120 calories and has only 4 grams of sugar. Plus you’ll get a good dose of whole grains.
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