We’ve all been there. You eat a great breakfast, pack a super healthy lunch, and even order the salad instead of the fries with dinner. But then…those cravings hit. Maybe you’re working late, and the vending machine is looking awfully tempting. Or you go to pick up a prescription and spot the candy bar display by the register at the drugstore. And then there is that bag of chips the kids are inevitably digging into in front of the TV.
No matter how virtuous your meals have been, just a couple unhealthy snacks can easily add up and derail a day’s worth of good eating. Beyond the added calories, snacks that are high in sugar, empty carbs, and processed fats can leave you feeling sluggish, and often even hungrier than you were before you started snacking! But that doesn’t mean you have to stick with just three meals a day. When done right, snacking can actually be a great way to regulate your blood sugar and give you steady energy to get you through a long day.
So what’s the trick? Simply be prepared! Stock up on healthy, flavorful snacks to keep in your car, office, and fridge for the next time the cravings hit. We’ve even made it easier for you by scouring the grocery store shelves and picking out 7 healthy snacks that are low in calories, high in nutrition, and (of course!) packed with great Latin flavors. Here are our top picks.
Calories: 65 per serving
High in iron, potassium, and powerful antioxidants, we all know that sweet, earthy beets have earned a solid spot on the superfoods list. The only problem? They can be a (messy!) pain to peel and prep. Enter Love Beets, a great little company that sells freshly cooked and marinated beets in conveniently portable snack packs. Toss your favorite flavor into your bag in the morning (the spicy chile-marinated Sweetfire flavor is incredible!), then enjoy in the afternoon with a bit of cheese and whole grain crackers or sliced over a simple salad.
Calories: 100 per serving
When it comes to avocados, it is way too easy to have too much of a good thing! After all, those healthy fats still contain calories that add up quickly if you’re not paying attention. Enter Wholly Guacamole Minis! These convenient 100-calorie cups make portion control a breeze. Made with ripe avocados and other real, unprocessed ingredients, the minis can be stored in your freezer for up to three months. Grab one in the AM, and let it thaw in the work fridge until that afternoon craving hits. And don’t forget to dip responsibly! That means skip the high-carb chips and enjoy the spicy dip with crunchy cucumber or red bell pepper slices instead.
Calories: 150 per 1oz serving
Skip the cheap vending machine chocolate, and instead pick out a luxurious bar of high quality dark chocolate, like a bar from Cacao Prieto. These elegant chocolate bars are made in Brooklyn, NY, from cacao grown on the owner’s family farm in the Dominican Republic. At $10 each, the beautifully packaged bars are best savored and enjoyed in small portions. Keep one in your purse or desk drawer, for when a sweet craving hits. One rich square is just enough to satisfy without sending you crashing later on.