As important as it is to have good meals, it is also important to have some guilt-free snacks on hand. Guilt-free snacks are exactly what they sound like they are. They are snacks that you can enjoy without having to worry about the calories or fat content you are consuming. Not only are they diet friendly but they have at least a few healthy benefits, as well.
Popcorn is one of the best guilt-free snacks. It is light, airy and very low in calories. You can eat a good portion of it and still not be taking in a lot of calories. You only get in trouble when you start adding in high calorie things like butter or cheese. Popcorn has good fiber content, too.
2. Fruit Salad
If I make fruit salad, I can count on it disappearing very quickly. My family would prefer to have fruit salad to most desserts. It is just as sweet and yummy as dessert but much lower calorie and much healthier. You can take a fruit salad in many different directions to suit your tastes. As for my family, the more variety the fruit salad has, the better.
3. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is a way that you can enjoy chocolate without the guilt. Experts are finding out that dark chocolate has many wonderful benefits that we didn’t always know about. It is full of chemicals that make you feel happy. It also has antioxidants in it, as well as good for you minerals. It is good for your heart and many other parts of your body, too.
4. Yoplait Light
I have fell in love with Yoplait Light. It is a yogurt that has a much lower calorie count but tastes wonderful. In fact, I prefer it to regular yogurt. It is usually my evening snack. Some of my favorite flavors are blueberry, pineapple upside down cake and peach. If you want to put a little twist on it, try putting it in the freezer for about an hour before you eat it.
5. Peanut Butter Whole Wheat Toast
I love peanut butter on toast. If you put it on whole wheat, you have upped the health benefits considerably. I actually have this for breakfast a lot but it is a great snack, too. It is a great combination of protein and carbs and fills you up for hours. It has a very decadent feel to it with the warm, melted peanut butter.
Nuts are a great idea to have for a snack. They are healthy and good for you. They are packed with minerals and give you a bit of an energy boost from the protein. You can have them on their own or with a piece of fruit. You do have to watch portion size a bit when you indulge in nuts as they can run into a lot of calories if you eat more than the serving size.
7. Veggies and Dip
Veggies and dip are a great snack. They give you the crunch of chips that you may be craving but without the calories and fat. You can even get low fat dip or make your own if you want to get a healthier option on dip. My favorite veggies to add with dip are green pepper strips, broccoli and cauliflower. But there are so many options and you can enjoy whichever you wish.
These 7 snacks are all choices you can feel good about enjoying. But there are many more healthy, diet friendly options. What are your favorite guilt-free snacks?