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 cup of sliced strawberries + 12 almonds
136 calories (16g Carb, 4g Protein, 8g Fat)
small apple + 1 tbsp nut butter (all natural, no added sugar or salt)
147 calories (17g Carb, 4g Protein, 8g Fat)
20 baby carrots + 2 Tbsp hummus
140 calories (21g Carb, 3g Protein, 6g Fat)
1/2 cup grapes + 25 pistachios
132 calories (18g Carb, 3.5g Protein, 7g Fat)
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. Here is to making healthy snacking easy and nutritious!
*All nutrition information obtained from Calorie King.