Snacking between meals has gotten a bad rap—it’ll waste calories, make you sluggish or weigh you down. But choosing the right snacks can actually be an important part of your daily diet. They provide a midday burst of energy, keep your hunger at bay or rev up your metabolism after exercising. Here are a few filling, low-fat options to stash in your car, desk or pantry. This way, you can easily reach for guilt-free goodies between meals.
Grab n Go
This popcorn is gluten-free, vegan, all-natural and non-GMO with no artificial ingredients.
While the popcorn you order at the movie theater is usually covered in butter and full of fat and excess calories, the air-popped, lightly seasoned kind is a perfect way to satisfy that craving. Air-popped popcorn is a whole grain, making it high in fiber. Plus, federal dietary guidelines say half of all grains eaten on a daily basis should be whole grains. Need more convincing? This kind of popcorn actually has more fiber per serving than whole-wheat bread.
Available in a pack of 10 or 30.
A key to successful snacking is portion control. Snacks that come in individual packs, already doled out, take the guesswork out of figuring out if you’ve had too much. When choosing a snack pack, look for one that comes with a variety of flavors and options so you can try something new and have something different to look forward to each day.
Not Just for Breakfast
Flavors in this box include maple and brown sugar, apples and cinnamon, cinnamon and spice, and original.
You think oatmeal, and you’re sure to think of a breakfast staple. But start thinking outside the box for your snacking pleasure because oatmeal is an unexpected option that tastes great and can keep you satiated between meals. It’s slow to digest, so you’ll feel full longer, and it lowers blood cholesterol, which reduces risks of heart disease.