“Sliced cucumbers and tomatoes can be a natural and healthy snack.” Wikipedia entry on “List of snack foods”
Writing an article on snack foods always poses a predicament for me. That’s because I know that many people who are interested in reading an article on snack foods are really only interested in reading about what many people consider junk food — candies, cakes, potato chips, and other treats that are often served as people watch a football game. Many of these people hope to learn that science has concluded that the junk food they enjoy is good for them.
Healthy Snack Foods
Technically, though, snack food doesn’t consist of just junk food. That’s why I began this article by noting that cucumbers are considered snack foods. The list of snack foods includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, energy bars, bagels, cheese, meats, and noodles.
So what should I write about when writing a blog about healthy snack foods? Should I write about foods that are technically considered snack foods — and thus have a list of healthy snack foods that many people consider health foods and not snack foods? Or should I write only about the kind of snack foods that people munch on when they want to pig out?
I’ve chosen to write about both. The list of the healthiest snack foods will not be all fruits even if it turns out that the healthiest snack foods are, in fact, all fruits. Hopefully, I will find that some “junk foods” are healthier than I thought.
First, let’s look at snack foods that are healthy for you if your concern is weight. Women’s Health magazine has identified 28 snack foods that are 100 or fewer calories in this article. The snack foods include foods that many people are more apt to classify as health foods rather than snack foods. Bananas, carrots, cantaloupe, oatmeal, raspberries, and strawberries are all on the magazine’s list.
The list, though, also includes the following foods that are more often considered treats:
- A muffin called a vitamuffin that the magazine also calls a “fudgy treat.”
- Popcorn. This treat makes several “healthy” snack foods lists.
- A granola bar called a Curves Granola Bar that can include chocolate and peanuts or strawberry and cream.
- Peanuts. Yes, nuts have a lot of fat, but it’s unsaturated fat — a “good” fat, believe it or not.
- Five dark chocolate kisses. Dark chocolate reduces your risk of heart disease. Seriously.
- Eighteen pretzels. But who’s counting?
Now let’s take a look at snack foods that are healthy in the sense that they give you an energy boost. In other words, they’re beneficial to you if you need the energy for exercise. Fitness magazine has a list of these snack foods in an article entitled”11 Energy-Boosting Snacks.”
The energy-boosting snacks include foods that are normally considered health foods like apples, bananas, cereal, peppers, and yogurt. However, they also include foods that you are comfortable munching on while watching the Super Bowl. Who wouldn’t feel comfortable munching on almonds and walnuts. Just don’t tell your friends that these nuts have “good” nutrients in them such as omega-3, selenium, and vitamin E. The list also includes soy chips. The magazine says they give you more energy than potato chips or pretzels.
If you’re looking for a particular kind of healthy snack food, the article “The 12 Healthiest Snack Foods” is your best friend. It identifies the best cracker, the best popcorn, the best candy, the best “savory snack,” the best trail mix, the best breakfast bar, the best snack bar, and more.
The highlights include:
- Chia Crisps are the best cracker. They have “a healthy helping of healthy fats.” Seriously.
- Boom Chicka Pop is the best popcorn. It has 37 calories a cup. That’s not a typo.
- Bear Naked is the best granola. It includes blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. I can’t explain the name.
- Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans are the best candy. They’re loaded with vitamin C.
- Saffron Road Falafel is the best savory snack. Just the description makes me want to taste it. I never have.
There are so many healthy snack foods that you can no longer lecture your spouse about the dangers of fatty food when he, or she, tells you that he, or she, is planning a party for the next football game.