Avoid The “Quarantine 15” With These Healthy & Tasty Snack Ideas

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Stay Slim During Lockdown With These Delicious & Healthy Snack Ideas

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COVID-19 and its ensuing lockdown have wreaked havoc on our lives. The fortunate people are the healthy ones confined to their homes.  

Being home can be lots of fun and an opportunity to rest, catch up on movies, enjoy family time, talk to friends, work on projects that usually fall by the wayside, and more.

However, if you’re like me… the most frightening aspect of being locked up in your house 24/7 is that there’s plenty of time to wander into the kitchen. And then you also have plenty of time to devour the contents of the refrigerator and pantry!

Wouldn’t it be comforting to sit on the couch with a family-size bag of potato chips, smother each one with dip, and eat every last one of them?!

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After many trips to the grocery store (or ordering online), you’ve probably acquired an impressive stockpile of food and snacks. How do you resist all the yummy stuff when you’re ALWAYS less than a minute walk away from it?!

If there’s ever been a time for stress eating, it seems like it’s now!

Someday, hopefully sooner rather than later, you’ll be allowed to roam outside of your confines again. When you do, you won’t want to have to diet and exercise until you lose your COVID 19 (or Quarantine 15) pounds… (similar to, but less fun than, the Freshman 15). 

The best plan is to have healthy snacks available so you won’t make bad choices and wind up consumed by guilt, remorse, and regret. Fitting into your clothes is an added bonus!

So, to help you stay healthy (but also satisfied) during lockdown… we have some snacking tips, as well as tons of healthy & tasty snack ideas!

Helpful Snack Hint #1: Fill Up On Fiber & Water

Foods with healthy fat and fiber are filling. Think nuts and seeds, fruits, vegetables, quinoa, oats, popcorn, chia seeds, sweet potatoes, and—surprise–dark chocolate!

Drink as much water as you can. Sometimes thirst feels like hunger. Hydrating is great for your body and skin… and water will make you feel full.

Helpful Snack Hint #2: Watch Your Fat, Sugar & Salt Intake

Try to avoid foods with a lot of fat, sugar, and salt. Be sure to check nutrition labels, because you’ll find them in unexpected places. 

Foods with lots of fat include beef (and any cut of meat that’s fatty), French fries, donuts, deep-fried foods, cookies, cakes, processed snacks, and whole dairy products.

Of course, there are healthy fats, toothe kind found in nuts, fish, and avocados, for example. Just watch your intake of the not-so-healthy kinds.

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Sugar is abundant in most desserts and is often added to cereal, baked goods, sauces, condiments, dressings, canned vegetables and fruits, bread, smoothies, and dried fruit.

You’ll find added salt in peanut butter, cheese, canned food, salted nuts, many frozen and canned foods, meat, poultry, eggs, smoked meat, cured meat, fish, poultry, bacon, ham, hot dogs, sausages, anchovies, and caviar. Choose low-sodium products when possible.

Tasty & Healthy Snack Ideas For Lockdown

For Your Sweet Tooth

Thank goodness! There are plenty of sweet treats that aren’t excessively fattening (in moderation).  

  • Dark chocolate
  • Non-fat frozen yogurt
  • Frozen mango cubes taste like dessert because of their natural sugar content. You can also try freezing bananas, pineapples, berries, peaches, and other fruits.
  • Chia pudding is very healthy and easy to make. Plus, you can make it in chocolate or other flavors.
  • Smoothies
  • Greek yogurt with berries
  • Peanut or almond butter on apples
  • Dry, unsweetened coconut chips
  • Dark chocolate-covered frozen bananas—just melt the chocolate, dip the banana in it, and freeze.
  • Dark chocolate avocado mousse—mush up an avocado and mix it in melted chocolate to taste.
  • Frozen yogurt fruit bark—a fun and delicious dessert you can make quickly.
  • Banana “ice cream”—cut the banana into slices, freeze them, and then put in a food processor for an ice cream-like treat.
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Savory Snacks

There are plenty of savory snacks that fill your belly but aren’t fattening.

  • Low-fat cheese—add a slice of fruit for extra flavor
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Edamame
  • A handful of unsalted sunflower or pumpkin seeds 
  • Half of a baked potato with salsa
  • A can of salmon or sardines
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Olives—add grape tomatoes and a touch of salt for an even tastier snack.
  • An avocado—fill with tuna or a fried egg for extra flavor.
  • Parmesan garlic-roasted chickpeas are a flavorful and easy-to-make savory snack.
  • Veggies with dips—Many vegetables are just begging to be dipped into something delicious. Celery, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and others are perfect dippers and also taste great with toppings. 

Healthy Toppings & Dips

  • Nut butters—check that there’s no added sugar.
  • Hummus
  • Tahini
  • Low-fat sour cream
  • Guacamole—just mix lime and a sprinkle of salt (jalapeño and tomato optional) into mashed avocado.
  • Low-fat cottage cheese—try adding some cinnamon and/or fruit.
  • Natural, low-fat dressings 
  • Shrimp and cocktail sauce
  • A small bowl of cereal (not a sugary brand)—cereal can also be a great topping for yogurt.

Easy & Healthy Make-Your-Own Snacks

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Store-Bought Healthy Snack Options

  • Popcorn without lots of salt or artificial additives, like SkinnyPop
  • Pretzels (look for natural ingredients)
  • Tortilla chips with salsa
  • Lara Bars have very few ingredients (so they are natural and healthy) and come in many flavors.
  • Good Health Veggie Pretzels
  • HIPPEAS
  • Snapea Crisps (addictive!)
  • Popchips Sweet Potato Chips
  • Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips w/Sea Salt

Plus, click here for “Eat This Not That’s” list of many healthy snacks you can buy at the store.

Being at a healthy weight depends on making good eating choices, even when you’re stuck in your home until you want to scream out the window. It’s all about having nutritious ingredients and food in your kitchen. 

Bear in mind that food companies want you to love their food and to buy them repeatedly. Many innocent-looking (and not-so-innocent-looking) products are filled with addictive substances like sugar, salt, and fat. 

You can’t stop eating them because they are delicious and your body demands more. They activate addiction centers in your brain!

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For instance, sugar consumption causes the release of opioids and dopamine in your brain… resulting in a high/happy sensation and causing you to seek it out.

Reading labels and being aware of the effect that different foods have on you enables you to stay away from snacks that aren’t good for your body.

Being quarantined actually provides you with time to experiment with fruits, veggies, grains, and dairy… so you can learn how to create new healthy, drool-worthy combinations!

The “Secret Ingredient” That Makes These Snacks Healthy & Quarantine-Friendly…

Almost all of the above snacks have one thing in common:

They’re packed with protein!

Quarantine snacks with protein are great because protein helps you burn fat just by eating more of it.

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So from the list above… cottage cheese is great… regular cheese is great… nuts are fantastic… eggs are ideal…

Just be sure to get at least this much protein to naturally boost your body’s fat-burning power.

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