Healthier Alternatives to Snack & Drink Cravings
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Healthier Alternatives to Snack & Drink Cravings

Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 8:00 am
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Eating cleaner is not only good for your waistline, but it's good for your long-term health too. We've come up withideas on what you should be eating.Was eating cleaner one of your goals for the new year? If so, you’re one of many! Eating cleaner is not only good for your waistline, but it’s good for your long-term health too. However, making the right choices regarding what to eat isn’t always the easiest thing to do. To help you through the year we’ve come up with some ideas on what you should be eating or drinking to maintain your diet goals.

Healthy Snack & Drink Alternatives

1. “Healthy” Sports Drinks

There are countless drinks on the market being sold to you as “healthy” choices. The truth is many of these drinks have plenty of simple sugars, artificial sweeteners, or calories you just don’t need in your diet. In fact, Dr. Oz states “If they’ve got more than 1 to 2 ingredients, my advice is to skip it”. Instead of guzzling the latest reformulation of Powerade or another sweet drink, try downing some water, tea, or coffee. These options are not only better for you, but in many cases they’re more affordable too.

2. Nutrition or Snack Bars

Nutrition and snack bars are probably one of the most convenient foods for when you’re on the go, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best choice for your diet. Despite the “High Fiber”, “High Protein”,  or “Real Fruit” gimmicks on the packaging, snack bars are packed with unneeded sugar and calories! If you’re looking for something that is high in fiber, protein, or fruit we recommend going back to more basic ingredients. If you’re looking for something that is convenient and healthy try grabbing a piece of fruit or cheese to snack on.

3. Store Bought Trail Mix

If you thought snacking on pre-made trail mix is a healthy alternative you thought wrong. Most store trail mixes are made to look healthy, but the majority of them are loaded with calories. This doesn’t necessarily mean all trail mixes are bad, but if you want to get the healthiest mix possible your best bet is making your own from scratch. Try mixing nuts, dark chocolate, and dried fruit for a more nutritious option.

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