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5 Healthy Snack Ideas


Our favourite snacks for a balanced diet



These snacks have huge flavour, and they won’t leave you feeling empty.

 

1. Tortilla chips


Blanco Niño’s slow-cooked corn tortilla chips are available in three flavours: Lightly Salted, Chilli & Lime and Ancient Grain, with a number of new products in development scheduled for release in 2022-2023. While tortilla chips may be considered a fast and convenient snack, Blanco Niño are embracing a slower approach to achieving the most authentic corn tortilla chip. Every batch takes three days to make - using an ancient Aztec process, and grinding corn using beautifully hand carved volcanic stones.


While many brands opt to use corn flour, non-GMO whole corn produces a superior taste and texture. Blanco Niño tortilla chips are naturally gluten free, vegan friendly, contain no additives and are Kosher certified.


Image: Blanco Niño

 

2. Cheese


Many of us have been taught to be cautious of high-fat, calorie-heavy foods like cheese. However, cheese does have nutritional value and is an incredibly satisfying snack if you’re craving dairy.



 

3. Mixed nuts and seeds


Nuts and seeds have an extensive assortment of nutritional benefits and are a good alternative or addition to your everyday nibble. They carry many crucial, healthy nutrients that can help make your cholesterol and blood sugar levels better, as well as improving your heart health, while lessening your risk for certain diseases, providing the perfect balance.



 

4. Coconut chips


Coconuts are rich in fat, vitamin B, minerals and other nutrients. Yet, because they are so high in saturated fatty acid, they are also high in kcal, so you should consume them in moderate rather than large quantities. Subject to your kcal needs and intake, they might encourage weight gain if you don’t think about the additional kcal elsewhere. A small number of key, healthy nutrients in coconut chips include chloride and ferrous, as well as potassium, magnesium, and calcium.


Rich in fibre and MCTs, coconut chips may provide a lot of benefits, which include better heart health and weight loss. They are great on breakfast food, salads, or with rice, grilled tofu, veggies, and peanut sauce.


Dried coconut is of course sweet; a controlled, one ounce portion has 150 kcal and has 14 grams, or 3.5 teaspoons of sugar. Therefore, it is best if no extra sugar is added, and unsweetened coconut makes a great addition to a balanced food and drink diet.



 

5, Popcorn


Salted and sweet popcorn are both some of the world's most cherished salty snacks - and for good reason. Popcorn is actually a really healthy snack, especially if you pop it yourself rather than buying it ready to eat in a bag!



 

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