Who doesn’t love snacks? Savory, sweet, salty, or sour, snacks come in a variety of different flavors, textures, and sizes. Unfortunately, many also come loaded with sodium, sugars, and fat three ingredients that are better if eaten in moderation. Particularly for hypertensive or diabetic individuals. But, have no fear, with careful consideration, everyone can enjoy snacks!
When purchasing snack options, be sure to read the food labels to determine the amount of sodium and sugar per serving. Always read the ingredients too, if there are many that are hard to pronounce and understand, it is a safe assumption to make that the product is highly processed and likely not the best option.
Or a better and more creative option is to make your own snacks! This way you can control the ingredients and maintain their nutrient value. Some of my favorite snacks to make at home include:
- Hummus with carrot sticks (hummus recipe)
- Low sodium tortilla chips and salsa
- Cut vegetables with a mashed avocado
- Roasted garbanzo beans (recipe)
- Apple cookies (recipe)
- Energy bites (recipe)
- Unsalted nuts and dried fruit
- Low sodium popcorn
When looking for a mid-morning/day or evening snack to help get you through to the next meal, think about these snack options or discover new possibilities by combining your favorite ingredients or discovering a new low sodium packaged snack in the store.