10 Snack Items to
Stock Your Fridge With for a Healthy Week
that means an onslaught of festive cookies, pies, treats, and candies—and it
can be tempting to taste each one. But you can still satisfy your taste buds
with some healthier options and avoid bingeing on sweets this year. Here’s a
tasty list of Modernize’s
favorite healthy snack ideas to help you keep your sugary indulgences in
Typically made with fiber-filled chickpeas and
antioxidant-rich olive oil, hummus is the perfect snack option when you’re in
the mood for something quick and filling. Use it as a dip or in sandwiches, on
salads, and in wrap
Nuts happen to be a great source of both
protein and heart-healthy fats. Just an ounce of roasted nuts in the morning or
afternoon will satisfy your need to munch and will fuel you until your next
meal—eat them by the handful or try adding a few to your pasta for extra
Sprouts are really filling and effectively complement everything from soups and salads to sandwiches and even homemade smoothies. Their fatty acids are easy to digest, and they’re full of protein, so just a handful can satisfy you when enjoyed alone with a little dressing. Choose from a wide variety of sprouts such as sunflower, alfalfa, broccoli, and even chickpea.
Enjoy these items throughout the week, and you are sure to appreciate the energy, improved health, and peace of mind that comes as a result.
Pesto can spiff up a boring pasta salad, a morning egg
sandwich, or even your evening soup. Ditch the dairy and make your own healthy
pesto simply by blending pine nuts, basil, and some lemon juice together until
well combined and smooth.
Fruit is an excellent option when your taste buds are
looking for a sweet treat. For a big dose of vitamins and minerals without the
sugar and fat of traditional treats, peel and roll a few bananas in some
cinnamon and then freeze them for a few hours. You’ll be left with awesome
frozen pops that are perfect for any time of the day.
Dates can help relieve constipation and also happen to be
rich in both minerals and vitamins. Medjool dates are large and super sweet, so
enjoying just one will get rid of your sweet tooth. When chopped into small
pieces, dates are great on salads and in wraps, too.
Whether black, pinto, or kidney, the health benefits of
beans are many. Beans help protect the heart, encourage optimal digestion, and
balance out blood sugar levels for hours after being enjoyed. Boil dry beans in
some broth and keep them in the fridge to make meal and snack creation a breeze
when you’re low on time.
Celery is rich in vitamin K and flavonoids, which protects
cells and organs from oxidative damage. The crunchy texture of celery helps
keep teeth white and healthy, too! Keep inch-long pieces of celery in the
fridge and fill a few pieces with cream cheese, peanut butter, or even pesto.
Rich in iron, potassium, and B vitamins, raisins are a
filling snack that can be enjoyed alone or with a handful of nuts or berries.
When eaten, raisins stimulate saliva production, which naturally cleans the
teeth and rinses away plaque.
Frozen Juice Cubes
Get a dose of energy and put a stop to hunger pains while
you’re waiting for your next meal by enjoying a cold glass of water with frozen
juice cubes. Make your own juice cubes by blending apples, berries, pineapple,
or watermelon with some water and then straining it. Then simply fill a couple
ice cube trays with the juice and freeze them overnight.