replace_snack_cravings_wi_122801_225544In the United States, the hands-down most popular snack is chocolate. We just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. Unfortunately, as snacks go, all the sugar and fat make it a fairly unhealthy snack. You’re getting a calorie dense snack with virtually no actual nutritional value, which is what dieticians refer to as “empty calories.” Fortunately, there are some great alternatives to our favorite snack food. You don’t have to do without if you want to be healthy, you just have to shift gears a bit. Here are some better, healthier alternatives:

Dark Chocolate

You don’t even have to say goodbye to chocolate forever, but the dark version is much better for you than regular milk chocolate. Loaded with antioxidants and other things your body needs, it’s got a rich, full flavor that many people prefer. As a bonus tip, some people claim it’s a bit of an aphrodisiac.

Go Nuts!

Some people don’t like the texture, but if you’re a nut lover, you’re in luck. You’ve got a wide range of options here. The unsalted varieties are better for you, of course, but in moderation, even the salted varieties are a decent option. Here, your best bets, in terms of both flavor and nutrient punch are almonds, Brazil nuts, and walnuts.

Seeds

Like nuts, most varieties of seeds are extremely good for you, and packed with a surprising nutrient punch. Here, the best in class are sunflower seeds, flax seeds and surprisingly, pumpkin seeds! Enjoy any of these by the handful!

Fruit

Nearly any type of fruit is a good option, and certainly much better than anything you can get out of a box or a can. Fruits are loaded with nutrients you need, and packed with antioxidants, which have all sorts of health benefits for those who eat them. As a bonus, fruits come packed with fiber. While man cannot live on fruit alone, you can’t go wrong by adding them to your diet in abundance.

While there’s no such thing as a completely guilt-free snack, these come as close as you’re likely to get. Mix and match for greater variety and enjoy these healthy alternatives.

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