Make Healthy Snacking Fun with Bold Flavors
Those who work a traditional nine-to-five know the importance of having a healthy, satisfying snack to give them the energy they need to get through the day. And while candy, chips, and other processed foods are convenient, they often do more harm than good as preservatives and chemicals can actually make the body even more sluggish! Nutritious snacks with wholesome, natural ingredients provide the body with long-lasting energy help busy consumers to maintain health goals. Join us as we at Advanced Biotech take a look at some of the fun flavors that will encourage consumers to make smarter choices when snacking.
Nutrient dense, filling, and with a satisfying crunch, nuts are a very popular snack food for many. Packed with helpful omega-3 fatty acid, fiber, and magnesium, nuts are also thought to lower cholesterol and increase brain activity among other natural benefits. With many different varieties and unique flavor profiles, nuts are also a very versatile ingredient, making their way into popular health foods such as protein bars, energy snack balls, trail mixes, and granola. Paired with dark chocolate, nuts make a heart-healthy snack packed with anti-oxidants. Nuts can be candied with brown sugar and cinnamon, roasted and topped with sea salt, and tossed with fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme to create a flavorful snack mix. A quick handful of nuts is enough to tide many consumers over until their next meal while providing great flavor and health benefits.
A little spice can make any healthy snack an exciting flavor experience. Scientific research has explored the relationship between spicy foods and heart health, healthy blood pressure, weight loss and the prevention of certain types of cancer. Chilies, peppers, ginger, wasabi, and other spicy foods can add both flavor and health benefits to many kinds of snacks. Many spicy foods contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals essential for well-being. Low in calories but high in flavor, air-popped popcorn can be topped with spicy condiments like tabasco or sriracha as well as cayenne pepper or chipotle powder. Nutrient-dense kale chips can be dressed up in a similar way, coated in spices like paprika, black pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder for a flavor-packed snack full of essential vitamins A, C, and K. For those looking for a fresh and filling snack, spicy guacamole is a great option. Full of healthy fats from avocado, add diced jalapenos, cilantro, and red pepper flakes for a flavorful pick-me-up.
Foods that satisfy a sweet tooth can still be healthy and come in many forms. Natural fruit leather made from dried strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and mango are a great option for a tangy and toothsome snack. Chickpeas act as a base for homemade snacks like “healthified” cookie dough, packed with dark chocolate chips and vanilla flavor, as well as roasted chickpeas topped with honey and cinnamon. Energy bites topped with shredded coconut and packed with sweet dried fruits like cranberries, cherries, and dates are filling and satisfying, keeping grumbling bellies full for hours.
Healthy snacking doesn’t have to be boring with unique flavors inspired by nature. Nutritious, energy-packed snacks with wholesome ingredients are the key to maintaining health goals while also staying full until the next meal. Perfect for busy workers, those on the go, and even kids, healthy and flavorful snacks are a fun way to get nutrients in and satisfy cravings.