My guess is you walk to the vending machine and buy a bag of potato chips, because salty snacks are a common snack food in the United States.
I’ve been there.
But, I’ve also learned that tiny bag of salty goodness won’t keep my hunger at bay until dinner. I’ve found that fruit will. Why, you ask? Fruit contains carbohydrates that provide energy and slow digesting fiber that quells hunger and keeps blood sugar stable (goodbye 4 PM sugar crash!).
Apples are a key player on my healthy and affordable snack roster. Apples are a healthy snack choice, but obsession worthy? Yes, if you pair your apple with a bit of something special.
Lately, Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese has been my indulgence of choice. It’s an easy, portable snack and when you nibble on a morsel of cheese with a slice of apple you’ll have a delicious snack experience. The sharp tang of the cheese coupled with the sweet, tart flavor of the apple lifts your spirit (and your hunger). This is not a snack to gobble down. That would be a choking hazard and a missed opportunity. Slow down, savor the experience. Contemplate the lush, green hills of Vermont. (I feel less stressed already.)
Not only does adding a bit of cheese to your snack make you feel like you took a mini-vacation, a half-ounce portion of cheese has some healthy snack benefits. You’ll get 10% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium and little bit of fat and protein to help you feel full longer.
Watching your nutrition a bit more closely? Here’s some more stats for you to consider:
- A medium apple contains about 100 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates, over four grams of fiber, 14 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and is fat-free.
- A half-ounce portion of cheese contains about 55 calories, zero carbohydrates and three grams of protein. It does contain five grams of fat (three of those are saturated fat), so moderation is the key to making it a part of a healthy diet.
What’s your snack obsession? Because mine change over time, I’m always looking for suggestions. Leave them in the comments or take part in the discussion happening on Facebook.