Snacks make up an important part of a healthy diet. It is wise to make sure that those snacks are healthy choices to avoid packing on the pounds. Poor snack choices are high in calories and low in nutrients. Choose snacks that leave you feeling satisfied and energized. The healthy ideas listed below are options that can be enjoyed multiple times a day, throughout the week.

Frozen Fruit

Popping certain fruits into the freezer to enjoy when frozen is a great way to turn an otherwise ordinary snack into a real treat. Grapes and blueberries lend themselves especially well to this chilly treatment. Simply wash and dry the fruit and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer. Once the fruit is frozen solid, transfer them to an airtight container.

Once sealed in the freezer, the frozen fruit is ready to be enjoyed at any time. Some prefer to let their fruit thaw slightly while others like it better frozen solid. The choice is yours.

Strawberries and Cream

At the end of a day of low calorie meals, it can feel just divine to indulge without guilt. This snack of strawberries and cream tastes like a decadent dessert, but is really a low calorie, healthy snack. Choose berries that are in season for optimal sweetness and top with your favorite whipped topping. Whether it be vegan, homemade or a store bought option, a dollop of whipped cream is always a great way to take a snack to the next level.

Low Calorie Waffle with Nut Butter

This snack could also fall into the category of low calorie meals . Perfect for breakfast or a snack, simply pop a low calorie frozen waffle into the toaster and once it's done, add a teaspoon of your favorite nut butter on top. You can also add fresh fruit on top of the nut butter. You'll get whole grains and protein in this snack without too many extra calories.

Raw Veggies and Hummus

A tablespoon of hummus goes a long way when enjoyed with raw veggies. Cucumber slices, grape tomatoes, halved mushrooms and baby carrots are all excellent choices to dip in the hummus. This low calorie snack is full of vitamins and is a very nutritious choice.

Edamame

When the craving for a salty snack hits, grab a bag of frozen edamame to satisfy your craving. A quick few minutes in the microwave and the edamame pods will be ready for a quick sprinkle of sea salt. Choose edamame that is in the pod; the act of popping them before eating makes the snack last a little longer and forces you to take longer than if they were already shelled.

Low calorie foods are easy to find at your local grocery store or farmer's market. Or you can have the ultimate in snacking convenience, with healthy meals delivered right to your door. Keep your home stocked with these healthy choices and you'll be more likely to grab them instead of an unhealthy option.

At first it may take a little time to get used to healthier snack foods, but your body will thank you in the long run. Chips and cookies may sound great now but they’ll feel terrible years later. With a few dietary tweaks, choose some of the snacks listed above. Snacks can become a healthy choice to enjoy every day. Be careful not to snack too close to a scheduled meal time, drink plenty of water and take comfort in knowing the scale is not going to go up due to unhealthy snacking.

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