Eating healthily isn’t always easy, especially as the festive period approaches and chocolate and candy seem to be everywhere.
Having indulgent snacks and desserts within your reach while you are relaxing at home makes healthy eating even harder. When your cupboards are packed full of sugary treats, it’s almost impossible to resist your cravings.
Making a conscious effort to fill your cupboards with nutritious snacks will make your healthy eating journey must easier and more enjoyable. Below, we have listed four delicious snacks to keep in your cupboards at all times so you always have something nutritious on hand when you’re peckish.
- Dried Fruit
Those of you who have a sweet tooth might be tempted to reach for chocolate bars, candies, and cookies when you are hungry. To satisfy your sugar cravings without negatively impacting your health, switch to dried fruit instead.
Because they don’t spoil or rot, you can buy bulk dried fruits and store them in your cupboards for an ongoing supply of healthy snacks. Consider buying a range of different dried fruits, such as raisins and sultanas, as well as dried bananas, apple slices, apricots, and mangoes.
- Cans of Beans
Beans might sound like a very unusual and unappealing snack but bear with us! Beans are one of the healthiest snacks that you can choose and they’re highly versatile.
Different kinds of beans are abundant in unique micronutrients that are essential for your body. Whether you go for kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, or one of the many other varieties, you can fuel your body with everything that it needs to thrive.
Beans are also a great source of plant-based protein so if you’re following a vegan diet, they’re a suitable high-protein snack. Feel free to add spices or sauces to make the beans more interesting and tastier.
When you’re looking for a more substantial snack, grains are great options. They contain complex carbohydrates (sugars) that provide a slow and sustained release of energy throughout the day because they have a low glycemic index.
Some grains are arguably better than others. When you want to enhance your nutritional intake as much as possible, going for whole grains is the best choice.
Generally, whole grains contain a higher number of micronutrients than white alternatives because they are made using the whole of the grain (hence why they are called whole grains)!
Stock your cupboards up with whole grain rice and pasta, as well as healthy grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and cous cous.
Nuts are another cupboard staple. There is a wide variety of different nuts, each of which offers unique nutritional profiles.
For example, almonds are particularly high in calcium, Brazil nuts are packed full of selenium, and cashews are high in zinc and iron.
All nut varieties are high in healthy fats called omega-3s. Consumption of these unsaturated fatty acids has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and improved cognitive function.