The last thing on anyone's mind when they're ripping into a snack is the nutritional value. We sort of already know that nothing good is going to come from the label so we it's best to let ourselves down easy by not even looking at it. Though, when we're trying to eat healthier or invest in a low carb diet or just better snacks in general, knowing about what you're putting in your body is in your best interest.
These popular snacks have probably landed in our cupboards at home more than once, so now's the perfect time to learn more about their nutritional value. We're here to break down the typical carb levels in some of the more well-known treats out there.
Bananas are snacks that have a lot of health benefits for you, including having a decent carb count. When you're on a low-carb diet, bananas are the last thing you want to be eating. They have about 23-24 grams of carbs per serving and if you're eating an extra large one or incorporating several into a recipe, then you'll be ingesting even more. If, however, you're not counting carbs then bananas do carry a significant number of additional health benefits like high potassium and fiber as well as several vitamins.
Sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative to regular potatoes and many of us have been making the switch. Given how versatile they are, it's easy to eat them as snacks or as a side dish with dinner. They're high in carbs, have good amounts of fiber and protein, and give tons of vitamin A, which promotes healthy reproduction and good eyesight.
Popcorn is one of those snacks that we often wonder about. Is it healthy or it something we should strive to avoid? Well, when you remove the butter and candy additions, popcorn actually does have some benefits. It's low in calories, high in polyphenols (even more so than fruits and vegetables) and contains lots of fiber. The amount of carbs and calories varies depending on what you do to your popcorn.
Apples are a popular, healthy snack we've been told to have on a regular basis. Fruits and vegetables are something we should be working to include in our diets and apples have lots of things to bring to the table. They have 13 grams of carbs per 100g serving, low calories, and have a decent amount of potassium and fiber. They also reduce the risk of cancer and are considered to be a superfood.
They might be going out of season soon, but strawberries are definitely a staple of the summer. They offer lots of health benefits such as vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber. They're also low in calories and can be included in a variety of recipes. Not to mention, they're great if you're on a low carb diet and are considered a superfood.
Speaking of superfoods, almonds are one of those nuts we munch on throughout the day to curb our hunger and give us nutrients. Rightfully so considering they're packed with fiber and protein and have been linked to potentially fighting the effects of skin cancer by reversing the effects of unhealthy eating.
Here's another snack you should really be keeping your distance from if you're on a low-carb diet. Overall, pretzels are a snack that have lower amounts of fat and sugar, but they're high in carbs and sodium (over 1,000mg per 100g serving). On the bright side, they do have a lot of protein and iron so you're really taking the good with the bad there.
Technically speaking, eggs might not seem like a midday "snack" but they are a healthy way to keep you nourished in between meals. They also come with a lot of health benefits such as having lots of protein, iron, and calcium. There's also the added advantage of being able to make them in a variety of ways. Aside from the cholesterol level, eggs are a pretty good thing to have in between meals to keep hunger at bay.
Depending on the chocolate you're having, the number of carbs are obviously going to fluctuate. For the most part, though, you're looking at anywhere from 10-15 grams of carbs per 100g serving. Dark chocolate also comes with the added bonus of being a great bitter food possessing antioxidants and stress-relieving properties.
Yogurt comes in a variety of flavors and brands, which is why the carb count is bound to shift based on the kind you're getting. For the sake of argument, though, we're mainly going to focus on Greek yogurt. You'll be getting a healthy amount of calcium and protein from just 100 grams and all yogurts come with probiotics, which have been linked to reducing cold symptoms and helping your digestive system.
We may have hated getting raisins for Halloween, but they really do have a few different benefits to give us. They have a decent amount of fiber and iron per serving, are low in fat and can lower blood pressure. On the other hand, they're high in sugar. It's worth looking into the nutritional value of dried fruits to see which ones are best for you.
Spreading some peanut butter or jam on crackers is a tasty little snack we can make for ourselves. But crackers are pretty high in carbs, sodium, and fat. They are a good source of iron, though, and also contain magnesium and vitamin B-6. Depending on which brand of crackers you get and whether or not they're salted will play a huge role in the nutritional value.
Blueberries are another little snack we like to indulge in during the summer months by including them in tons of different recipes and munching on them in the morning. They're fairly low in carbs, especially when compared to other items on this list, and they have a ton of health benefits. They're considered to be a superfood that have been linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Avocados are a healthy snack we can all treat ourselves to every once in a while. They are pretty high in fat, so it's best to avoid eating them all the time, but they also come with lots of healthy perks. They're packed with fiber, vitamins, and can curb your hunger throughout the day, which leads to weight loss. Oh, did we mention that avocados are also considered to be a superfood?
Our final item on the list is quinoa. This is another one of those foods that can be eaten as a small snack but is often cooked and served alongside dinner. It has a good amount of fiber and it's low in sugar and fat. Quinoa has also been considered a healthy food for several years now thanks to its high levels of protein and being gluten-free.