Snacking plays a huge role in our society. Peruse the aisles of any given store and you will find a multitude of bars, chips, and candies, not to mention even more sweets and finger foods at the checkout counter. Our busy schedules have demanded portable foods that can be consumed on the go, but how do you choose a snack that’s good for you when there are so many options out there that don’t prioritize health? Below find a few nutritional qualifiers for a healthy snack.
Low to moderate amount of calories.
Roughly 100-250 calories per snack is adequate for a healthy diet. While it’s different for everyone, snacks aren’t comparable to meals in terms of macros/calories and should be treated as such. Regular healthy snacking can help regulate blood sugar, improve metabolism, and prevent overeating later.
Good balance of fats, protein, and fiber is optimal.
Doctors recommend about 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and no more than 12 grams of fat in each healthy snack to help keep you full. Snacks with plenty of protein along with other nutrients are the perfect way to fill up, and give us longer-lasting energy than carb-heavy options.
Low in sugar.
The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest limiting added sugar to less than 10% of your caloric intake. By lowering the amount of added sugars in your diet, you can lower your risk of diabetes and lower your blood pressure.
At ENLIGHTENED, we take pride in providing healthy snacks that are tasty and good for you, which is why we’ve made our Roasted Broad Bean Crisps, Marshmallow Treats, and ice cream with quality ingredients and nutritional profiles. We know that smart snacking options are an essential part of staying healthy. Whether you’re snacking on the train, at the office, in the car, or at home, by eating ENLIGHTENED you’re consuming something actually good for you, not just “better.”