Rather than reaching for the chips when you get hungry between meals, try these smart, healthy snack ideas:
Cottage cheese with flax: Cottage cheese is a great source of protein and calcium, and flaxseeds will help give you energy.
Grapefruit: Grapefruit can help reduce insulin levels, which helps the body process foods more efficiently and store less fat.
Cucumber and avocado salsa: The monounsaturated fats in avocados help slow down the emptying of your stomach, so you feel satisfied longer. Cucumber is rich in potassium and magnesium, which combat high blood pressure and help eliminate uric acid. To make the salsa, dice the cucumber and avocado and combine with lemon juice and salt to taste. Substitute whole wheat crackers for chips for an even healthier snack.
Sweet potato fries: Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients that help skin stay clear and eyes sharp. Rather than frying the sweet potatoes, coat them lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon. Then bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Artichoke hearts: Nutrients in artichokes act as anti-inflammatory agents and clear up blemishes and acne breakouts. Steam artichoke hearts in water and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Warm pineapple: Research shows that pineapple may reduce the inflammation associated with asthma and may ease joint pain. Grill or boil pineapple chunks for five minutes and serve with chopped hazelnuts, a healthy protein that will help decrease hunger.
Tuna with lemon: Tuna is packed with health-healthy monounsaturated fats, which protect against heart disease, high cholesterol, blood pressure, and strokes. Mix a three-ounce can of light tuna with lemon juice and pepper.