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5 Unhealthy Snacks You Should Be Replacing With These Healthy Alternatives

You may think you’re doing it right and snacking down on healthy foods, but some foods can appear healthy but really aren’t. Below are some of those snacks, and then the snacks you should be eating instead.

Flavored Yogurt: We all know that plain yogurt is the healthiest option for you and although flavored yogurt may not be high in calories they are usually packed with added sugar or sweeteners.

Granola: So many people think granola, yogurt, and fruit is a great way to start off the day, and it can be, except you really have to check the nutrition label because some of these granolas contain added sugar or sweeteners. The healthiest way to eat this would, of course, be if you made it yourself.

Trail Mix: You may think fruit and nuts is a great post-workout snack, and it can be, but if you buy the prepackaged trail mixes they often contain added sugars, pieces of chocolate or biscuits. It’s also hard to control your portion size if you purchase a big bag, so be sure to read the daily recommendations and the nutrition and calories contained in the packages.

Fat-Free Anything: There is a myth that if something is “fat-free” it’s healthy. Your body needs some healthy fats like poly and monounsaturated fats.

Microwave popcorn: You may think that eating popcorn is a much better alternative to snacking down on crisps, but popcorn, especially the flavored ones like butter, are filled with sodium and trans fats or saturated fats.

Try These Instead

Dark Chocolate: If you have a chocolate craving then dark chocolate will satisfy those cravings. It's also good for you as it’s packed with antioxidants. In addition, dark chocolate is a soluble fiber and also contains iron, copper, potassium, magnesium, and manganese.

Sliced Tomatoes: Sliced tomatoes are delicious, nutritious, and low in calories, but according to Women’s Health, if you want to create a snack add sliced tomato with a sprinkle of feta and olive oil. This will reportedly be around 110 calories.

Fruit: Instead of opting for dried fruit which is packed with added sugar, opt for fresh fruit like an orange or a banana. These are a great source of dietary fiber, as well as Vitamin C, calcium and potassium.

Or if you want to try something different, then try out apple slices and almond butter.

Carrots and Hummus: While this may take a little preparation and is a harder to transport, carrots and hummus are a fantastic snack. One cup of baby carrots and 2 tablespoons of hummus is 100 calories.

Cottage Cheese and Vegetables: Cottage cheese is delicious if you add chives and salt and pepper, and you can eat this with celery sticks or rosa tomatoes.

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