10 healthier alternatives to your favorite snacks - including cookies, chips, and gummy bears
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- It's perfectly acceptable to snack during the day, but there are probably healthier ways you can be doing it.
- Traditional snack foods contain long lists of artificial, questionable ingredients and tend to be too sugary, salty, or fatty.
- These better-for-you alternatives still taste pretty close to, if not better than, unhealthy snacks. Instead of chips (or cookies, or candy), reach for these options.
Whether I'm at school, at work, or traveling, I've never been one to go from breakfast to lunch to dinner without snacking on something in between.It's a good idea to keep your stomach occupied in order to maintain energy levels throughout the day. Snacking is also understandable if you simply love food. However, it's still important to be mindful of what you graze on because many traditional snack foods - chips, cookies, candy, and trail mixes - are filled with excessive amounts of sugar, salt, oils, and artificial ingredients.
I love indulging in that junk as much as the next person, but it's not a sustainable dietary option that will help me become an octogenarian. To enjoy the same flavors and textures of my favorite snack foods while treating my body to healthier ingredients, I fill my office filing cabinet and apartment pantry with the following alternatives.
There's no need to vilify the habit of snacking when you're enjoying these 10 better-for-you alternatives to chips, cookies, candy, and more:
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