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Healthy Snacks

Chances are that snacking is something you do regularly. Snacks have become a common part of our culture, and for many people, they are a daily occurrence.

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It may come as no surprise, though, that not all snacks are created equally. Some snacks can support your health and provide lasting energy, while others can take a negative toll and leave you with an energy crash not long after you eat them. That’s why it’s important to know how to choose the right energy-boosting and healthy snacks to fuel and nourish your body right.

The Benefits of Choosing Healthy Snacks

When done right, snacking can definitely support your health. Some potential benefits of snacking include:

• Helping control hunger, which may make you less likely to overeat at mealtimes

• Can help improve mental clarity and focus

• May help control cravings

• Can provide you with enough energy to fuel your body and daily activities

• Can support balanced blood sugar levels

• Can help provide your body with essential nutrients

How to Identify a Healthy Snack

As with all foods, some choices are better than others. Many typical snack foods are low in filling nutrients like protein and fiber and instead are high in refined carbohydrates and added sugars and refined carbs. Unfortunately, this combination is likely to leave you with a crash in your blood sugar, which can trigger more hunger and cravings just a short while later.

That’s why it’s important to include a combination of high-fiber carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fats with your snacks. Each of these nutrients plays a role in not just giving your body immediate energy, but calories and nutrients that will keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable and keep you feeling full until the next eating time. Here are a few examples:

• Veggie sticks with hummus

Low-sugar trail mix

Whole-food energy bar

• Apple or banana paired with natural nut butter

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Healthy Snacks for the Entire Family

Planning a family fun night? Or maybe you’re preparing your grocery list and seeking ideas for lunchtime and after-school snacks. Either way, we’ve got tons of flavorful healthy snacks for the entire family, including Siete Grain-Free Tortilla Chips (nachos, anyone?!), Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers for dipping in guacamole, Plant Snacks Vegan Cheddar Cassava Root Chips, Unreal Dark Chocolate Covered Peanuts and more. We also love the idea of a healthy snacks charcuterie board that includes crispy veggie sticks and fresh fruit as well.

Find Healthy Snacks at Vitacost

The dedicated people behind Vitacost (hi, nice to meet you!) are no strangers to snacking – and we love variety. Crunchy, chewy, salty, sweet – sign us up! That’s why our growing healthy snacks selection offers nearly 2,000 organic and natural products. From plant-based faves to keto diet must-haves, rest assured that we’ve got something familiar and something new for you and your family to try.

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