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.