As a mom, you probably don’t have a lot of extra time in your day, and it can be easy to get sucked into snacking on unhealthy options. Everybody has a few guilty pleasure foods they just can’t seem to kick, but this day in age, there are so many healthier alternatives. So, no matter what your favorite unhealthy food is, there are plenty of healthy—yet delicious—snacks to choose from. Here are just a few healthy food alternatives that taste great and should definitely get you started in the right direction!
Who doesn’t love fresh strawberries with a sweet twist? Instead of reaching for the sugar or dark chocolate to dip your strawberries in, consider making some delicious vegan “whipped cream” with coconut milk and other natural ingredients. You can also make it keto-friendly by using a sugar-alternative. I like to make some ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for when that sweet tooth craving hits. You can even introduce this delicious snack to your little ones (age and allergies permitting) to start them on a healthy track when it comes to sweet little snacks.
Many believe, my husband included, that one of the best parts of a restaurant experience is the warm, toasty bread made better only by the toppings. When you’re craving this warm delicious treat at home, you can make it yourself—with a healthy twist. Heat some whole-grain (or paleo-friendly) bread in a toaster or convection oven. This will give it that warm and comforting feeling you get from freshly made bread. Next, spread some avocado across your warmed bread and voila, avocado toast! The creamy avocado spread will mimic the butter restaurants often provide with their bread baskets, albeit a whole lot healthier. This is not only a delicious snack for when you’re craving something savory, but it can also be served as an appetizer for dinners at home, giving your children the “restaurant experience” and introducing them to healthy eating in a fun and unique way. You can also add some sautéed veggies and an egg, to make a quick healthy and delicious meal!
Instead of reaching for the chips in your pantry, opt for a cut-up red bell pepper. This may not sound as delicious as chips, but the flavor may surprise you. Red bell peppers are full of antioxidants, and they provide that signature crunch that makes chips so satisfying. As for the dip, use a homemade hummus or even guacamole to add flavor to your “chips.” This is an easy-to-make, completely customizable snack. If you’re into spice, make sure to add a little kick to your dip. Or, if spice deters you, make a milder one.
Obviously, there are TONS of other healthier food alternatives out there, but here are some sweet, savory and salty ideas to get you headed in the right direction!