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Snacking is important for your health and can help you lose weight. We often get hungry in between lunch and dinner, making it a wise choice to always have healthy snacks on hand. However, when you think about snacks, chips and soda often come to mind. We want to avoid these foods because sugary and salty snacks have no nutritional benefits.

You should always be snacking with your health and weight loss goals in mind. It’s important to eat nutritional snacks in between your meals to help you feel energized,  lose weight and be healthy. To make it easier on yourself, choose some easy snacks you can grab when you’re on the go.

Here are some healthy grab and go snack ideas to enjoy in between meals:

Apple with almond butter

As an excellent source of healthy fat and protein, almond butter will make you feel full longer.  Although peanut butter can also be considered healthy, usually store brands sell it with added sugar, salt and saturated fats. Almond butter often comes packaged without additives and also has cancer-fighting properties. Paired with an apple, this low-calorie snack will give you a boost of energy and keep you feeling satisfied until your next meal.

Greek Yogurt

Grab some low fat Greek yogurt and add any of your favorite fruits to make a delicious, nutrition-packed snack. Yogurt is a wonderful healthy treat to have around in case you start craving sweets. It will tame your sweet tooth and is also a creative way to enjoy your needed daily servings of fruit.

Walnuts mixed with dry fruit

Walnuts are heart-healthy, tasty and filling. They have more health benefits than peanuts and still have the savory taste. Rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids, they can help lower cholesterol and the risk of coronary artery disease. Pair these delicious nuts with dried cranberries, raisins or bananas to add a hint of sweetness to this snack.

Triscuit crackers with cheese

With a short ingredient list of all natural food items, Triscuit crackers are the perfect substitution for chips. Spread your favorite cheese on these crackers to add flavor. Just be sure to set portions aside to limit the serving since cheese is high in calories. You’ll ditch the chips in no time!

Veggies with hummus

This is an easy snack to have around the office. Hummus is much healthier than vegetable dip, containing fiber, protein, vitamins and calcium. Eat a colorful blend of your favorite vegetables with a delicious hummus spread for an afternoon snack. It’s the perfect way to enjoy vegetables!

Water

Lastly, you’ll want to enjoy these snacks with a healthy beverage. Avoid any sodas or sugary juices. Water is the best choice. There are plenty of ways you can drink water while still enjoying flavor. Add lemon or a pinch of cranberry, orange or pomegranate juice to a glass of water or carbonated mineral water. This will help you enjoy water and drink it more often.

All these options will help you reach your health and weight loss goals. The more nutritious your snacks, the more full you’ll feel and the less calories you’ll take in during the day.  Not to mention these snacks are all easy options you can grab right before you leave the house when you’re in a hurry.

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