Do Healthy Snacks = Boring Snacks?
It’s that time of day again. You’ve been slaving away at work all morning and you’ve hit a slump. There’s still an hour or two to go before lunch, but you really can’t concentrate on anything other than the grumbling of your stomach. You could eat an apple or a rice cake to tide you over, but they just don’t quite cut it!
Let’s be honest - who really chooses carrot sticks over those tasty fudge cupcakes a colleague brought in to the office to share? You would have to have a mind of steel to choose the healthy option. In fact, according to Mintel, only 27% of snackers choose healthy snacks.
“Why’s that?” I hear you ask...isn’t it obvious? We all crave something indulgent.
But what if we told you that healthy snacks don’t have to be boring? Read on to find out more!
What is a Healthy Snack?
Well, that depends. Snacks vary drastically and can be considered healthy in different ways, depending on what you want to achieve. For example, if you are hoping to lose weight and you’re already eating healthy meals, then your snacks would focus on being low in calories. In contrast, if you’re grabbing a bite to eat to bulk your nutrition, then a healthy snack would have a high concentration of your desired nutrients.
As you’ve probably guessed from the title, we’re going to focus on healthy snacks for weight loss.
Are Macros Important to Track When Trying to Lose Weight?
As confirmed by nutritionist Sydney Torabi from MyFitnessPal, yes and no. The only way you will be able to lose weight is by burning more calories than you consume - the most important thing to track is calories out vs. calories in. However, tracking your macros can help you to understand where those calories come from and how they benefit your health and well-being.
Read our previous article for more information on macronutrients and why they are important to regulate pre- and post-workout
Furthermore, tracking your macros can help you to become more flexible in what you eat. No more fad dieting, you can actually enjoy munching on your food guilt-free! Balance is better if you want long-term success in weight loss, which is why flexible dieting (focusing on adjusting your macronutrients accordingly) is the best way to go.
How Can I Lose Weight by Snacking?
By eating snacks that are low in calories. Calories are units of energy, which are required for basic bodily processes needed to survive. We also burn them off during physical activity. It’s important to get enough calories to function properly, but to lose weight we must create a calorie deficit. In other words, weight loss depends on burning more calories than we consume.
All three of the macronutrients contain calories, but fat has more than protein and carbohydrates. Therefore, when tracking your macros and attempting to lose weight, it might be a good idea to choose snacks that are low in fat.
Try not to eat any snacks with empty calories (foods with solid fats and added sugars). Yes, we know fat makes stuff tasty, but hold on a minute...we’ll show you some healthy snacks that are low in fat and still have buckets of flavor!
What is the Best Healthy Snack for Weight Loss?
We may be biased...but we reckon Macro Snacks are pretty awesome! That’s because our healthy bags of chips are packed with 11g of protein and only have 140 calories! Not only that but our macronutrient ratios are perfectly balanced to optimize your nutrition. Oh, and did we mention they’re delicious?
Our mission is to provide people with healthy snacks that don’t cut back on flavor. They provide a fantastic source of plant-based protein from a blend of peas, chickpea flour, and brown rice flour. In addition to protein, our bags of chips contain a balanced amount of complex carbs and healthy fats.
What’s more, everyone can enjoy our Macro Snacks because they are vegan (apart from the pizza pie flavor), non-GMO and gluten-free as well! Crunchable, munchable, and craveable - our chips crunch like a kettle cooked chip and finish like a savory puff.
What are you waiting for? Check out our full range of flavors here!