Snacking should be as mandatory as breakfast
Think about it: If you allow yourself to get too hungry between meals, it can deplete your energy and make you feel hangry. Instead, try to choose nutrient-rich healthy snacks and filling combos of protein and fiber, like these popular picks from top dietitians and weight-loss bloggers. We ran the following snacks by dietitian and Real Mom Nutrition blogger Sally Kuzemchak, and they are more nutritious than you may realize.
Baked sweet potato fries
This vitamin A-rich snack is a healthy-kid favorite, but there’s no reason you can’t also enjoy this Food Network recipe: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Cut five sweet potatoes, peel and slice into 1/4-inch-long slices. In large bowl, toss with just enough olive oil to coat. Sprinkle with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of a salt, black pepper, and garlic powder mixture. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment, and bake until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes.
Crispy kale chips
This unbelievable source of vitamins K, A, and C may become one of your new go-to late-afternoon healthy snacks. From Self: Place 1 large bunch raw kale leaves, stems removed, on a cookie sheet, then drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a pinch of salt. Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until crispy, about 10 to 12 minutes.
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