In these times when we are constantly being told that we need to eat healthy snacks, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle and forget about the things that are actually good for us. It is especially important for athletes to find ways to stay healthy, but often forget that healthy eating should start at home. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to get the important vitamins and minerals we need without excess fat and calories. It has also been shown that eating larger portions of fruits and vegetables lowers our cholesterol levels, improves our immune systems, helps clear up our digestive system, and even boosts our energy. That is something worth getting excited about!
If you are one of those people who is trying to slim down or just want to try something different for their lunch each day, fruits and vegetables are a great place to start. Eating an apple with a piece of trail mix may seem like a bit of a stretch, but if you combine apples with some sliced cucumbers and some lightly fried or baked tortilla chips, your healthy snack will have just what you were looking for. You can also snack on a carrot and a piece of fresh pita bread instead of the traditional potato chip bagels you get at the store. Yes, you heard that right: You too can snack and shed pounds doing it very simply. And, no, you do not need to resort to preparing everything from scratch only to fulfill your dietary needs.
When you are choosing healthy snacks, it is best to choose ones that are made entirely from fruits and vegetables, and that doesn't contain any nuts, salt, or sugar. There are many different types of dip you could try, including dips for sandwiches, wraps, pasta salads, and even potato chips. One of my favorite healthy snacks is hummus, which is made with tahini, Egyptian hummus that is made from chickpeas that are soaked and then strained. It is creamy, and goes great on just about any kind of sandwich, but the best way to eat it is straight out of the fridge.