Are you trying to lose weight? You are not alone. As per a national survey commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) in 2016, 46 percent of adults tried to lose weight actively.
Successful dieters share the importance of good eating habits. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating suggests substituting foods high in sugar, salt, and fat with healthier snacks.
Planning meals and having healthy snacks on hand is the key to effective weight loss. Fortunately, there are companies like Snackwize, a snack subscription service that delivers natural snacks to homes in Australia and New Zealand.
According to Healthline, the following nuts reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes:
- Macadamia nuts
- Brazil nuts
Studies show that a nut-rich diet does not significantly result in weight gain.
Another nutritious option is dried fruits. In another article by Healthline, dried fruit has the same nutrients as fresh fruit, but up to 3.5 times more fiber. Nutritionists recommend having the following dried fruits at home:
The Australian Dietary Guidelines suggest a daily intake of 5 to 6 servings of vegetables and legumes for adults. Some of the healthiest vegetables are kale, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, and beetroot. Dehydrated vegetables have the same fiber content as fresh vegetables.
While working or traveling, it may not be easy to reach the recommended number of servings. However, you can easily order a pack of broccoli chips from several food delivery services like Snackwize.
There have been conflicting opinions on the health benefits of popcorn. With popcorn being whole grain, it is supposed to be healthy. However, commercial popcorn is high in sodium, sugar, and salt.
Healthier versions of popcorn, are lightly salted, gluten-free, and cooked with sunflower oil. Some popcorn snacks even have 100% organic ingredients with natural flavorings.
Meat-based Dry Snacks
Paleo dieters get 30 percent of their calories from protein. To address their needs, they can opt for snacks like pale bars made from cacao, vanilla beans, and coconut.
Jerky snacks, rich in protein, are made from the best of Australia’s beef and pork, which is available in bulgogi, chili, and wagyu flavors.
Another kind of dried meat called biltong is low-fat and gluten-free.
Coconut is well-known for being rich in protein and in promoting loss in body fat. Therefore, it is not surprising that most healthy snacks contain coconut. There are coconut chips, fruit bars with coconut and almonds, and coconut oil popcorn.
Chocolate lovers will always crave for sweet snacks. An excellent alternative to chocolate is carob. Although it tastes like chocolate, carob is rich in fiber and does not have gluten or caffeine. Carob is also a good alternative for vegan and dairy-free diets.
The carob bars distributed by services that provide healthy snacks contain Australian-grown carob and cocoa butter. Other sweet snacks are nut butter balls and coated almonds.
By buying from Snackwize and other health-conscious providers, you are helping the Australian economy. Up to 99 percent of the snack items are hand-picked from small local brands.
Another good thing about these services is that their snack boxes are customized. Their in-house nutritionist curates items in the box. So, wherever you are in your goal of good health, there should be a snack box suitable for you.