Although people swear by homemade snacks, store options become imperative on many occasions. So, choosing healthy snack options from a crowd could be a challenge. Although customers have an inner alert that many pre-packed snacks are sugar calorie bombs there are ways to choose healthiest snacks to make snacking a magnificent experience.
Here we are discussing some tips to pick the healthier non-perishable snacks.
Pay attention to the ingredients list
Labelled snacks need to be chosen after careful scan of the ingredients’ list plus the contribution each nutrient makes to the consumer. The first point is to pay attention to the serving size and “percent daily value” of each nutrient. Anything that looks 5 percent or less than that is considered low and something 20 percent and above will be deemed high.
Second is the attention on salt and sugar content in any packed snack. One rule of thumb is fewer ingredients will make healthier snacks. Now go to various packed snacks.
Granola bars: As far as granola bars are concerned, those between 100-200 calories will be good as they will be low in carbs, more fiber, and at least 6 grams of protein.
Try to avoid bars with lengthy ingredient lists. Shorter the list simpler will be the ingredients such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, honey and maple syrup. Similarly, stay away from bars with high fructose corn syrup as it abets weight gain and escalates insulin resistance.
Jerky: Many types of jerky foods are available including beef, salmon, turkey, and vegan. All jerky variants have low carbs and high protein but the downside is high sodium content because of the curing process involved. In choosing a good jerky organic and whole food ingredients must have priority and salt level must be less than 500 milligrams. Avoid jerkies containing nitrates that are linked to cancer and skip those with unknown ingredients.
Crackers: Crackers contain high fiber and give a feeling of fullness. Go for crackers with 5 or more grams of fiber per serving.
Nuts: Raw or dry roasted nuts, either lightly salted or unsalted, are fine but it is better to focus on list of ingredients that is short. In flavored nuts, high sodium content is at risk and skips excess sugar per serving.
Chips: Many nutritionists consider chips as one of the unhealthy snack options. But there are healthy potato chips. Look for those chips with fiber at a minimum of 3 grams and same percentage of protein per serving. Chips with whole grains as the first ingredient will be a good choice. Avoid chips with saturated fats and hydrogenated oils high in sodium.
Juices: As for juices, chia seed drink is advised. It is rich in omega-3s, protein, and fiber. It is available in many flavor combos including the blackberry hibiscus. One notable brand is Mammachia juices.
Biscuits: Sunflower seeds biscuits as in like Somersault’s seedy biscuits are good stand-in for cookies and they come in many savory flavors. Popcorn is also a great snack that is low in fat and calories. Among popcorn singles, ginger sesame caramel, black truffle, white cheddar, chipotle caramel and sea salt caramel are popular.