4 Ways to Snack Healthier, Better, and Tastier

Eating right doesn’t have to be a chore. After months of trial and error, I figured out 4 ways to snack healthier – without compromising flavour.

…and seriously: I am so happy to not have to give up snacking. *score*

Eating right doesn't have to be a chore. After months of trial and error, I've figured out 4 ways to snack healthier - without compromising flavour.

This is not a sponsored post. I received my Hot Air Popcorn Popper courtesy of Hamilton Beach – all opinions are my own. 

After giving birth, I wasn’t one of those women to “swing” back into my pre-pregnancy bod. I was eating poorly, lacking sleep, and lost all willingness to exercise.

I felt drained. Of course, I needed to cut myself some slack. Being a new parent, I knew there’d be adjustments. But after a few meltdowns (and yes, these included crying sessions in changing rooms where sales associates had to cut me out of dresses), I was ready to make a change.

I found myself a nutritionist (who is also a trusted friend) and together, we’ve been going through a well-rounded eating plan. And really, there’s not much to it: no sacrificing, no strict regimes… just smarter (and realistic) choices.

And yes: it includes snacking.

Here are some winning food-combos that will have you snacking healthier, better, and tastier:

Veggies + Hummus
Easy to prepare, easy to pack, and you could go cray-cray with your veggies variety. My personal favourite: green peppers, radish, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes.

Granola bar + handful of nuts
This is the snack that my nutritionist started me on. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t suffice. Boy, was I wrong! I often go for Kashi Bars (as she recommended) and 1/4 cup of unsalted cashews for my mid-day treat. I also love the idea of keeping a granola bar in my purse so that I have something to munch on if I’m on-the-go.

Hard boiled egg + piece of fruit
Yup, one simple egg can really keep you going when you need a pick-me-up.

Popcorn
You’re seeing correctly. I was ecstatic I was when my nutritionist suggested popcorn as a healthy snacking option.

Eating right doesn't have to be a chore. After months of trial and error, I've figured out 4 ways to snack healthier - without compromising flavour.

But wait, back it up: popcorn? Salty, buttery, warmly-popped kernels that can be deliciously washed down with an extra large soda?

Not exactly.

This is where a popcorn maker comes in.

So yes: forego the heavily poured-on butter. Flavourful, delicious popcorn is still a possibility: you just have to be creative.

Lucky for me, I recently received Hamilton Beach’s Hot Air Popcorn Popper. It has helped my snacking game tremendously.

It is so easy to use. I can make myself a snack in just a few minutes. Want to know just how simple? This is how it works: pour in your desired amount of kernels, plug it in, and watch it do its thing.

So whether baby is taking a nap or sitting in his high chair, I can multitask and prepare myself a delicious helping of popcorn. Yes, Hamilton Beach, you have made healthy snacking a possibility for a new mama. I applaud you.

Here’s how I flavour-up my bowl of popcorn:
– 1 tbsp of paprika
– 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese
– pinch of Himalayan pink salt
– 2 to 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Eating right doesn't have to be a chore. After months of trial and error, I've figured out 4 ways to snack healthier - without compromising flavour.

What do your snacking habits look like? How are some ways you can snack healthier?

Prepare yourself for… a giveaway!
In partnership with Hamilton Beach and my good friend Marielle of ladymarielle.com, we’re giving away a Hot Air Popcorn Popper to two lucky readers!
Hamilton Beach Canada: Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Eating right doesn't have to be a chore. After months of trial and error, I've figured out 4 ways to snack healthier - without compromising flavour. Eating right doesn't have to be a chore. After months of trial and error, I've figured out 4 ways to snack healthier - without compromising flavour.

Comments

  1. I love popcorn but unfortunately, I am no longer allowed to eat it due to some medical issues but I miss it so much. My family still eats it and I know they will love this, I never thought about the hard boiled egg snack, gonna try that out!

  2. I am always looking for ways I can snack healthier. I will have to start using my air popper. I have been using the microwave kind for years now and forgot all about my air popper.

  3. I think I like either cheddar popcorn, or caramel popcorn. Aside from movie-theater buttered popcorn! Popcorn is such a great snack, I will have to try your recipe!

  4. I find healthy eating to be insanely delicious – so I don’t ever really understand what people are talking about when they say healthy eating is boring and bland.

  5. I struggle with my eating habit. I always snack on sweet anything. This is good news for me, I really want the healthy popcorn style!

  6. I think these are all great ideas. There are many ways to have healthier popcorn without all the butter. I love that you can put anything on it to make it still taste good and be healthy.

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