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8 Great Weapons for That Midafternoon (or Anytime) Snack Attack

Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola

What’s the first food you grab when you get a snack attack? If you’re an athlete, SWHELPER has a list of 10 things to eat that won’t interfere with your game, such as a handful of grapes or a plate of raw veggies and Greek yogurt. But what if you’re not training for a race or a big game? What is something you can grab that’s not only quick and healthy, but is tasty and satisfying — and isn’t a junk food?

Snacks

It’s true that one reason most of us grab a candy bar when we get the munchies is simply because it’s convenient. But did you know there are lots of other convenience foods that don’t come loaded with added sugars or artificial colors and flavorings? Plus, these other eight, great “convenience” foods — think of them as weapons against a snack attack — taste far better than any junk food counterpart you could name. Here they are:

1. Strawberries — Unless you overeat them, it is hard to go wrong with strawberries, which are an excellent source of vitamin C, carotenes, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. Plus, they're high in fiber.

2. Blueberries — Berries like blueberries are among the healthiest fruits you can eat, again assuming you don't overdo it. They're relatively low in sugar while being high in fiber and heart-healthy antioxidants. In one study, women who ate the equivalent of one cup of blueberries daily lowered their blood pressure after eight weeks.

3. Almonds — Like most nuts, almonds are an excellent source of high-quality protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can boost your health and even help with weight control.

4. Pistachios — Nutritionally, over half the fat in pistachios is from oleic acid, the same healthy fat that is in olive oil. One study found eating two servings of pistachios a day lowered vascular constriction during stress, which means the load on your heart is reduced since your arteries are more dilated.

5. Cheese — Cheese contains the powerful nutritional triad of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K2, which together channel calcium into your bones and teeth while keeping it out of your arteries. This, combined with its omega-3 fats, make cheese a very heart-healthy food. Just be sure you’re choosing natural cheese, which is simple fermented dairy — not a processed cheese “product” that is sold as a cheese substitute.

6. Dark Chocolate — Not to be confused with the highly-sweetened milk chocolate in most commercial candies, this chocolate comes from dark unprocessed cacao, like that in my keto fat bombs you can make in your own kitchen, and store for that snack attack. Keto fat bombs are excellent if you’re following a ketogenic diet. Couple them with thyme and onion crackers — found in the same article as the fat bomb recipe linked here — and you have two irresistible, healthy snack attack weapons.

7. Cookies — Well, not just any cookies, but rather sweet treats you’ve made ahead that you can eat without feeling guilty. Made with mashed sweet potatoes, ripe bananas and cashew butter, you can whip these up and arm yourself with a satisfying snack to get you through the rest of the day.

8. Sliced avocados — Avocados are ready-to-eat once you peel off their outer layer, and taste great with a shake of pink Himalayan salt and ground fresh pepper. Slice them and add a tablespoon of walnuts and you have a filling snack that will last you for hours.

The bottom line is you don’t have to resort to sugar-laden processed foods when you get the munchies, and if you think about it or plan ahead, there are lots of snacks out there that are just as quick and easy, and way more healthy and satisfying.