Healthy Replacements: Snacks


Brielle Schrader

Start 2021 off right with switching out your unhealthy snacks for nutritious ones that will make you healthier and happier.

It can be very difficult to give up the delicious snacks that you are craving, so the best way to change up your diet is to find healthy alternatives for your unhealthy snacks. Finding nutritious food that is similar to junk food is perfect to satisfy your cravings while staying healthy.

Try replacing Chocolate for dark chocolate. If you make sure you’re eating organic dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate, you’ll find that it’s much better for you. Dark chocolate is very nutritious and contains fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium which are all good for you. It is also full of antioxidants, which help keep you young. Even try coat things like fruit and nuts into dark chocolate for a nutritious snack.

Replace you Chips with sweet potato wedges. Sweet potatoes have high level of beta-carotene and have been proven to raise levels of vitamin A in our blood. They’re also full of vitamins B6, C and D. Vitamin B6 may help reduce levels of degenerative diseases and reduce the risk of having heart attacks.

Pizza is extremely popular and delicious as well, but it is not very healthy for you due to the layers of cheese, thick dough and salty sausages. Instead of ordering pizza, why not make some homemade pitta pocket(s). Use warmed whole wheat pitta breads and fill them with spicy chicken and salad for a healthier dinner while still being rich in savory flavor.

Instead of eating ice cream, try eating frozen yogurt instead. Ice cream is essentially churned, frozen fat and sugar. Frozen yogurt is a lot lower in both and contains probiotics to help our digestive system. Try pairing with fresh fruit or nuts as a sweet and tasty replacement for your dessert.

Most cakes aren’t usually healthy, but if you want an option that has some benefits try a whole wheat organic banana bread. It’s full of fiber, and the whole wheat contains potassium magnesium and zinc.

Test out these healthy options to find new foods that you like with the bonus of them giving you nutritious value.