Craving a Treat? Here are Three Healthy Snack Swaps You Can Try Instead

There are so many different options on the market for snacking when that craving hits. Whether it is sweet, salty, or sour there is an endless variety of packaged chocolates and candies to devour. However, there may be a healthier alternative to some of the most popular snacking options that we crave. 

Dark chocolate over milk chocolate

As delicious and satisfying as a good old-fashioned chocolate bar may be, there is a much healthier option that can be just as tasty. Dark chocolate as a swap for milk or white chocolate is a great heart-healthy, and delicious choice. Dark chocolate is high in magnesium, and may lower blood pressure depending on the cocoa content in the chocolate. Dark chocolate can also be a great alternative if you are lactose-intolerant or follow a vegan diet as pure dark chocolate does not contain any dairy. Next time you’re in need of a chocolatey, sweet treat reach for dark chocolate instead! Your body will thank you. 

Kale chips over potato chips

The crunchy, salty, savoury snack that is top of the list for bbq’s and backyard gatherings. Potato chips are sure to satisfy when a salty craving hits, however there may be a healthier option to swap for your favourite chip brand. Next time you find yourself craving potato chips try reaching for a veggie alternative. One highly popular, and healthier swap is kale chips. Kale is full of vitamins and nutrients that can be highly beneficial for the body and they provide that satisfying crunch upon first bite. Kale is loaded with fiber and antioxidants, and is also high in vitamins A, C and K. Kale chips can be found pre-packaged, but they are also a very easy snack to recreate at home. 

Dried fruit over candies

Candy of all shapes and sizes can be a sweet or sour treat that hits the spot for a movie night in, or a mid-day snack. However, several of these varieties of candies are extremely high in sugar and other unwanted additives. A healthier option for your favourite gummy snack is dried fruit. Dried fruit is a healthy source of fiber, but should be consumed in moderation as the condensed nature of the snack makes it much higher in sugar compared to fresh fruit. Dried cranberries, apricots, and raisins can be a tasty swap for a sour gummy treat. 

With so many alternatives out there, a healthy option is certainly within reach. Swapping these various snacks with more mindful choices can be a great way to incorporate more nutritious variety into your everyday life. Now, get snacking! 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/29-healthy-snacks-for-weight-loss#section1

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dried-fruit-good-or-bad#section7

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