Snacking is a great way to boost metabolism, and keeps you energized throughout the day. Pairing together a healthy carbohydrate (like an apple, orange, or carrots) with a healthy protein (like nuts, cheese, or yogurt) is an effective way to make your snack more energy-balanced.
The carb and protein combo helps balance blood sugar, curbs your appetite, and leaves you feeling full longer. Additionally, healthy snacking can be a great way to get additional servings of fruits and vegetables!
Check out these 5 healthy, balanced carb + protein snack combos.
1. Small apple + 1 tbsp nut butter (all natural, no added sugar or salt)
147 calories (17g Carb, 4g Protein, 8g Fat)
2. 20 baby carrots + 2 tbsp hummus
140 calories (21g Carb, 3g Protein, 6g Fat)
3. 1/2 cup grapes + 25 pistachios
132 calories (18g Carb, 3.5g Protein, 7g Fat)
4. Small banana + 12 almonds
143 calories (18g Carb, 4g Protein, 7g Fat)<
5. Blueberries (½ cup) + Greek yogurt (8 ounces, nonfat plain Greek yogurt)
142 calories (18g Carb, 19g Protein, 0g Fat)
By keeping simple grab-and-go snacks on hand, you can reduce your cravings for sweets and set yourself up for healthy eating success throughout your day.
What’s your favorite healthy snack? We would love to hear from you so leave a comment below. Here is to making healthy snacking easy and nutritious!
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*All nutrition information obtained from Calorie King.
Article by Kim Denkhaus, MS, RD, a registered dietitian nutritionist with a master’s degree in nutritional science. Kim is CareZone’s contributing nutrition writer, and privately counsels clients in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.