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Tasty and Healthy Snacks and Meals

Tasty and Healthy Snacks and Meals
by J. R. Workman


To eat healthily it is helpful to know about foods that are both tasty and healthy to eat. Down below you will discover a list of delicious snacks and meals that are also healthy to eat. A couple of the meals in this article make for healthy breakfasts, lunch recipes, or even simple dinner ideas. If you are into healthy food then this is the article for you.

"That physician will hardly be thought very careful of the health of others who neglects his own." ― Galen, Of Protecting the Health


1. Graham Crackers


Graham crackers are yummy and beneficial to your health. Because they offer a low-fat and low calorie means of tasting sugary sweetness they are often considered an excellent idea for a health-friendly snack:

"If you are trying to lose weight, the modern graham cracker offers a convenient, low-fat way to have a sweet treat without a lot of calories." (Graham Crackers and Weight Loss by Diane Lynn)

So if you have an urge to treat yourself to something sweet, but do not want to pack on the pounds doing it then Graham Crackers are a wise option for you! 

2. Lean Turkey Sandwich 


Lean turkey lunch meat, lettuce, and sliced tomato on whole wheat bread with cranberry sauce or your choice of sauce or spread. Low-fat cheese can be included as well. Turkey carries large amounts of B vitamins, zinc, and protein. It is also low in cholesterol and saturated fat (excluding the skin):

"Turkey...comes with amazing health benefits that includes strengthening immune system, boosting metabolism, maintaining psychological health, supporting weight loss, promoting cardiovascular health, a good source of protein, supporting teeth and bones health, maintaining cholesterol levels, managing diabetes, treating anemia and supporting healthy skin." (11 Amazing Health Benefits of Turkey by Brandi Marcene)

A stronger immune system, better bone and heart health— incorporating some lean turkey meat into your diet is something we all can benefit from.

3. 
Tuna Fish Sandwich with Pesto


Using pesto (olive oil, basil, and garlic) as an alternative to mayonnaise (which is high in cholesterol) is both healthier and tastes appetizing as well. You can even add a slice of tomato on top for extra tang (optional). Pesto can indirectly help to lower inflammation and other serious health issues due to its high-levels of healthy fats:

"Pesto is a delicious sauce often made from basil, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese and pine nuts...what makes this food considered “healthy” is that the fat is unsaturated. ...unsaturated fat can contribute to an improvement in cholesterol, as well as decrease inflammation in your body. Lowering inflammation is good because inflammation is associated with a higher risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many other conditions associated with aging." (Is It True That I Shouldn't Eat Pesto Because It Is High in Fat?) 

Try out some pesto as an alternative to mayonnaise and enjoy the palatable taste and the medical advantages in the process! 

4. 
Organic Garlic Hummus with Plain Rice Cakes (Don't Let the Title Mislead YouThe Taste Is Anything but Plain!) 


No need to worry about plain taste here, the delicious and healthy hummus adds oomph to the plain rice cakes, making for a delectable snack. Organic Garlic Hummus is also packed with nutrients and has a high protein content: 

"You can feel good about eating hummus, as it contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. ...Hummus is a great source of plant-based protein, providing 7.9 grams per serving." (Is Hummus Healthy? 8 Great Reasons to Eat More Hummus by Ryan Raman) 

Are you looking to add some savoriness to rice cakes, chips, or crackers? Organic Garlic Hummus is the way to go! 

5. Full Grain, Low Sodium Corn Tortilla Chips with Salsa or Guacamole


The low sodium is healthy for your body and the salsa and guacamole is delightful for your taste buds. Whole grain corn tortilla chips have an acceptable nutritional profile: 

"Whole-grain corn is as healthy as any cereal grain, as it’s rich in fiber and many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants." (Corn 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits by Atli Arnarson)

Dipped in some salsa low-sodium corn tortilla chips can make for a spicy, crispy delight. 

6. Almonds and Other Nuts


Almonds are a high-quality source of protein and healthy fats and they taste wonderful as well: 

"Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber, and are associated with a number of health benefits. Just a handful of almonds — approximately 1 ounce — contain one-eighth of our daily protein needs." (The Health Benefits of Almonds by Joseph Nordqvist) 

The rich protein found in almonds provides an almost meaty type of fullness and satisfaction after they are eaten. 

7. Organic Yogurt with Granola Sprinkled on Top


The taste of this is as encouraging as the positive impacts it has on your stomach and intestinal health. Fruit can be placed on top for additional health and flavor benefits:

"Yogurt is a dairy product made by fermenting milk with a yogurt culture. It provides protein and calcium, and it may enhance healthy gut bacteria." (Everything You Need to Know about Yogurt by Megan Ware)

Need an extra boost of energy and sugar in the morning without any harsh consequences? Have a bowl of organic yogurt to get your day started! 

8. Low Sodium Trail Mix


Fine flavor, low sodium! Nuts (a common ingredient in trail mix) include healthy fats and anti-oxidants that aid in suppressing the arrival of certain forms of cancer and preventing heart problems and other potentially life-threatening ailments:  

"Trail mix isn’t trail mix without nuts. Whether it’s almonds, cashews, walnuts, or peanuts. Take your pick, all of them have health benefits, and when mixed together they are a powerful, high energy, and tasty snack." (What are the Health Benefits of Trail Mix?)

Next time you are on the go and need something quick to eat, grab a small bag of low sodium trail mix and head out on your mission. 

9. Low Sugar, Whole Grain Cereal


Nutrient-packed and a bite-filled snack. Integrate more whole grained foods into your breakfasts to add loads of nutritional value to your diet and to bring a host of medical boosts into your life:  

"Whole grains are packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer." (Tips for Reaping the Benefits of Whole Grains by Kathleen M. Zelman) 

If you plan on living a long life low sugar, whole grain cereal might serve you right. 

10. Nutritious Toast


Made with whole grain bread with peanut butter spread on top. You can also add jelly or jam. Use whole-meal bread for added fiber, longer lasting energy, and heart health: 

"The whole grains in whole-meal bread are a good source of fiber, they provide energy for longer, and they help prevent cardiovascular and other diseases." (Bread: Is It Good or Bad for You? by Megan Ware) 

Longer lasting energy throughout the day is something that all of us could use more of and whole-meal bread works great for that.


So there you have it a list of 10 healthy and tasty snacks and meals. Get started giving some of these meals a try and use your own creativity and originality to come up with other tasty ways of eating healthy too. I hope you all enjoyed this article if you did then please share this article as much as possible so that many others can try these snacks out also. 


Read my articles on health:


Raman, Ryan. “Is Hummus Healthy? Top 8 Benefits of Hummus.” Healthline, Healthline Media, www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-hummus-healthy.

Marcene, Brandi. “11 Amazing Health Benefits of Turkey.” Natural Food Series, 6 Apr. 2019, www.naturalfoodseries.com/11-benefits-turkey/.

Jones-Mueller, Anita. “Is It True That I Shouldn't Eat Pesto Because It Is High in Fat?” Healthy Dining Finder - Pesto and Healthy Fat, www.healthydiningfinder.com/blogs-recipes-more/Ask-the-Dietitians/should-i-eat-pesto-even-if-it-is-high-in-fat.

Lynn, Diane. “Graham Crackers and Weight Loss.” LIVESTRONG.COM, Leaf Group, www.livestrong.com/article/434174-graham-crackers-and-weight-loss/.

Arnarson , Atli. “Corn 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits.” Healthline, Healthline Media, www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/corn.

Nordqvist, Joseph. “The Health Benefits of Almonds.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 14 Dec. 2017, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269468.php.

Ware, Megan. “Everything You Need to Know about Yogurt.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 11 Jan. 2018, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295714.php.

“What Are the Health Benefits of Trail Mix?” ArborExplorer, arborexplorer.com/health-benefits-of-trail-mix/.

Zelman, Kathleen M. “Tips for Reaping the Benefits of Whole Grains.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/reap-the-benefits-of-whole-grains#1.

Ware, Megan. “Bread: Is It Good or Bad for You?” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 30 May 2017, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295235.php.
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