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Lifestyle & Diet

Nutrition is not rocket science, but food and dietary concerns consume a lot of time and energy and constitute a huge portion of popular attention in today's world. Parents are concerned about their children, while they and other adults worry about their own health; many also face additional agony over the well-being of aging parents.

Eating properly can be difficult for anyone who must follow a specific diet plan, whether it's prompted by a disease, a chronic medical condition or a desire for weight loss. One thing is certain: snacking is not only an American pastime but also an ongoing concern. Luckily, experts acknowledge that eating appropriate snacks throughout the day is actually beneficial to our health.

A study published to The Journal of Nutrition in 2010 noted that "97 percent of Americans" get as much as one-quarter of their daily calories from snacks (Bruso, n.d.). As such, we think it's essential that those snacks be healthy and beneficial rather than simply adding "bulk" to the diet. The question is: Is that even possible?

We believe it is.

Choose Wisely

Keeping these guidelines from the National Institutes of Health (2002) in mind can make for lasting wellness, whether you prepare foods for special diets or buy premade snacks.

  • Choose foods low in saturated fat, and keep total fat content as low as possible.
  • Fiber is good; and, certain starches are not only necessary but also beneficial for the satiety they supply.
  • Eat more plant foods.
  • Keep moving and stay active; exercise your mind as much as your body (Healthcommunities.com, 2014)
  • Find a healthy weight, and work to maintain it.

Learn What Works

Healthy people have learned what works for them. If you are not as fit or as healthy as you would like to be, take a closer look at your diet and make better choices. You have to find a balance between consumption and exertion. If you have specific dietary needs, be diligent about controlling your snacking habits.

Expand Your Repertoire

Pleasing a vegan and a meat-lover at the same time can be difficult, just as melding the needs of a paleo practitioner with those of mediterranean dieter may prove challenging. You can, however, select snack foods that will please everyone. Healthy snack foods are satisfying, tasty, easy to serve and usually simple. They fill an important gap during the work day, are great to count on at school or sports events, counteract "sinking feelings" throughout a busy day, and are terrific for traveling.

For specific advice for your particular preferences or dietary restrictions, take a look at the list of resources below. We are always expanding our repository of information, recipes, and snack suggestions to supply the support you need to stick with any diet, so be sure to visit again soon to find more great tips for healthy living.

Gluten-Free Snacks »

Who says gluten-free eating has to be bland? These certified gluten-free snacks are must-haves for your grain-free lifestyle. Don’t let gluten get you down ever again!

Late Night Snacks »

Seeking a late night snack to satiate an unexpected appetite? Stay healthy and supply a treat to support a good night’s sleep with these healthy late night snacks!

Low-Calorie Snacks »

Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of developing chronic medical conditions and diseases, while also helping you look and feel great. While exercising is essential to this effort, a healthy diet may play an even more significant factor. Surprisingly, snacking is part of a healthy diet- but keeping your calorie count low can be tough. Find low calorie snacks to support your goals today!

Low-Carb Snacks »

Searching to satiate your stomach while maintaining that low-carb diet? Find a sweet selection of savory and saccharine snacks that are low in carbohydrates here at Nuts.com.

Mediterranean Diet Snacks »

The Mediterranean Diet is renowned for its health benefits, tasty selections, and freedom to eat different delicious plates throughout your day. But, even when you have breakfast, lunch and dinner figured out- it’s essential to ensure that your snacks are still aligned with the eating pattern. Find our top 13 picks here!

Paleo Snacks »

Practicing paleo and seeking a snack? Whether you’re searching to bake something sweet or simmer something savory, we have the recipes and ready-made morsels for you!

Vegan Snacks »

Refuel your body with delicious vegan-friendly snacks. Packed with nutrients, these snacks support your vegan lifestyle with all the taste and health benefits of traditional snacks.

Vegetarian Snacks »

The vegetarian diet is a great way to eat ethically in a manner that is also likely to support a healthy lifestyle. However, the substance of a diet doesn’t reduce the need for sustenance throughout the day. Discover the best snacks to support your diet here!

Weight Loss »

Maintaining a healthy weight requires a solid strategy, especially if it means you need to shed a few pounds to do it. Find snacks to satiate your cravings for calories and learn how to rid yourself of that unwanted weight in a healthy, sustainable way.

Healthy Recipes

We have recipes to fit any need. See a small sample of our expansive selection for the different diets and snacks you need below:

No-Bake Pistachio Cookies

No-Bake Pistachio Cookies Recipe {gluten-free, vegan}

Ideal for diabetics or those in search of a low-GI, low-sugar sweet, these delectable desserts offer a saccharine flavor you’re sure to love!
Ingredients: Pistachios, unsweetened shredded coconut, gluten-free rolled oats, maple syrup, moringa powder, water, vanilla extract, cashews, almond butter, vanilla, coconut oil.
Total Time: 20 minutes | Yield: 16 cookies

No-Bake Cheesecake Bites {gluten-free}

No-Bake Cheesecake Bites Recipe {gluten-free}

Another sweet that is surprisingly accommodating, these delicious delights supply a scrumptious low-carb dessert or snack, offering only 6% of the DV for carbs in each serving-. And the dessert is completely paleo!
Ingredients: Pitted dates, almond flour, cacao powder, vanilla extract, almond milk, raw cashews, maple syrup, canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice.
Total Time: 20 minutes | Yield: 16 - 20 squares

Ideas for Special Diets

References

Bruso, J. (n.d.). Why Are Healthy Snacks Important? Retrieved February, 2016, from http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/healthy-snacks-important-6727.html

Healthcommunities.com. (2014, August 11). Healthy Living in Your 70s and Older. Retrieved February, 2016, from http://www.healthcommunities.com/healthy-aging/healthy-living-tips-70s-older-elderly.shtml

National Institutes Of Health. (2002, July 9). Six Guidelines To Healthy Eating. Retrieved February, 2016, from http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=18638