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Snacking the Healthy Way

Written by Cecilia Otero

With diet culture running rampant through our lives, settling on a healthy lifestyle can feel overwhelming. We are surrounded by appetite suppressants, flat-tummy-teas, fitness influencers and countless other sources of health propaganda. How are we expected to choose the right healthy snacks when we are so constantly inundated by often inaccurate health rhetoric? 

Well, the good news is that healthy snacking doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it shouldn’t be! The first step in cultivating a healthy lifestyle is to keep it simple and nourish your body. So toss out those weight loss supplements and listen up. 

3 Tips for Healthy Snacking 

  1. Be consistent!

The human body thrives on regularity! As a result, sitting down down for each meal at around the same time every day encourages good digestive health.

  1. Listen to your body!

Running on empty is the opposite of healthy, leading to things like dizziness, weakness, nausea, and profound focus issues. Remember- Your body is an amazing biome of complex systems that work together to tell you what you need, so if it says you’re hungry, nourish it!  

  1. Choose nutritious foods! 

A well-balanced assortment of vitamins and minerals is a key component of human health. Aspire to choose healthy snacks to keep you full, focused, and energetic throughout the day. 

The Mighty Pecan

As you journey through the nut aisle in your quest for delicious healthy snacks, stop and take a moment to consider the pecan. If you brush it off as an indulgent ingredient for fall desserts, you’d be wrong. Pecans are packed with nutrients, so they’re them an excellent addition to your arsenal of healthy snacks.

Here are just some of the nutrients found in pecans. 

  • Monounsaturated Fats (such as oleic acid): Promote heart health by helping to keep cholesterol in check. 
  • Fiber: A necessary component of healthy digestion that promotes colon health. 
  • B-complex Vitamins: Directly impact energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism.
  • Vitamin E: Important for the health of your blood, brain and skin.
  • Manganese and Copper: Essential minerals that promote overall bone health, especially in older adults. 

Delicious Pecan Recipes

There are endless ways to snack on pecans. They taste good sweet, savory, spicy, whole, chopped, raw, roasted…You name it! Because of their adaptability, you can incorporate them into pretty much any recipe.

Trail mix

Trail mix is a delicious, customizable way of getting a variety of nutrients into your diet. The pecan’s versatile flavor profile makes it a perfect addition. Here is a guide to making your own.

Energy Balls

Energy balls have seen a significant boom in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason! Deliciously satiating and nutritious, they make a great healthy snack. Try this recipe for coconut pecan energy balls.

Yogurt 

Yogurt is one of those tasty ingredients that feels indulgent but packs a nutritious punch. Sprinkle pecans on your morning yogurt bowl to add texture (and extra protein). Feeling more adventurous? These Pecan, peach, and raspberry yogurt pops are sure to make your mouth water.

Fruit and Nuts

Sometimes, you’re in the mood to just keep it simple! After all, what’s more enticing than a big bowl of delicious, juicy fruit between meals? Enhance that refreshing snack with a handful of pecans to add some crunch and keep you full for longer.  

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