Balancing your blood sugar levels is one of the most important factors for losing weight. It is a fact: If you eat processed carbs, your blood sugar levels are going to spike, which will lead to unwanted weight gain, fatigue, inflammation, and many other health complications.
The biggest mistake people make is with snacking. It is a weak spot for most people and I would even classify dessert as a snack too. Processed snacks are everywhere and have never been easier to get your hands on. Cookies, chips, soda, crackers, brownies, milk chocolate, pastries, doughnuts, and hundreds of other foods can be added to the list of processed foods.
That is why it’s critical to improve the quality of foods you eat and reduce processed foods that have gone through extensive processing. These types of foods have long recipes with nasty ingredients such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, soybean oil, artificial colors, hydrogenated fats, canola oil, natural flavors, and much more.
Clean out your diet one step at a time by incorporating the 8 healthier snacks that you’ll learn about in this article. Eating the right foods can add years on to your life, reduce medical bills, and dramatically improve your health for the better.
Snack #1 Dark Chocolate
Eating dark chocolate has severl benefits to your health. One great health benefit to eating dark chocolate is the flavonoids that chocolate contains. These flavonoids help to lower blood pressure. Another great benefit to dark chocolate is the antioxidants that fight off DNA damaging free radicals. Make sure you choose a dark chocolate that contains 70% or higher cocoa content. Eat a couple squares of dark chocolate each day.
Snack #2 Nuts & Seeds
This great snack will fill you up with healthy fats. Almonds, cashews, pistachios, and macadamia nuts are great snacks. Chia and sunflower seeds are also great snacks to eat. These nuts and seeds contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Eating healthy fats will help lower your triglycerides and lower bad LDL-b particle cholesterol.
Snack #3 Deviled Eggs
Eggs are a super food that contain a lot of protein. When you have hard boiled eggs ready, you can take them easily on the go. I like to make deviled eggs because it is easy to do and they taste delicious. The filling is egg yolk, olive oil, sea salt, and a little hot sauce. 2 boiled eggs contains 12 grams of high quality protein to keep you full.
Snack #4 Turkey Roll Ups
Another great snack to enjoy during the day or at night. A slice of turkey has as much as 4 grams of protein in it. You can roll your turkey slices up into roll ups and add mustard and chopped lettuce/spinach. Turkey roll ups are made of high quality food that you bought. Choose organic turkey slices if possible to avoid hormones and antibiotics that have been injected into the animal.
Snack #5 Flax Crackers
If you’re a fan of crackers, then flax crackers may be the perfect snack for you. Flax will keep your blood sugar levels stable and fill you up. Flax contains omega-3 fatty acids that can help reduce inflammation. Since flax seeds contain a lot of fiber you’ll detox and cleanse your body. Choose Mary’s Gone Crackers online or in the grocery store.
Snack #6 Apple With Cinnamon
Fruit is an easy and convenient snack to eat. Be careful with fruit because eating too much of it can prevent you from losing weight. It can also spike your blood sugar levels. Eat fruit once every other day for weight loss and to balance your blood sugar levels. Choose organic apples to avoid pesticides. Apples are sprayed with up to 30 different pesticides. If you add cinnamon to your apple you’ll enhance the flavor and balance your blood sugar levels more efficiently since cinnamon has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar levels.
Snack #7 Larabar
I love Larabars because they are convenient on the go snacks that are healthy and made with whole food ingredients. Unlike many other processed brands of protein, granola, and snack bars that are made with soy protein, trans fats, HFCS, artificial flavors, and processed ingredients, Larabars are extremely clean snacks to eat regularly.
Snack #8 String Cheese
Easy on the go snack that you can grab and eat on the go. String cheese is delicious. Choose an organic variety to avoid growth hormones that have been injected into non organic cows. Cheese contains fat but it is a healthy snack that can be eaten regularly. Swap sugary foods for fat and you will see a dramatic improvement in your health.