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8/19/2014 11:52 AM grooming • 0 Comments

4 Healthy Man Snacks

The danger of snacking comes from indulging—the same thing that makes snacks so amazing in the first place. Sure, they’re cheap, convenient, and sweet (or salty!) but consuming them too often is far from healthy. Luckily, we have a few healthy alternatives that are not only delicious, but also cheap and convenient.

 

1. Beef Jerky

Surprisingly, beef jerky is actually pretty healthy for you if you go with the more natural stuff. Take a look at the nutritional facts and you’ll find a lot of protein and not much fat, but be sure to avoid the ones with MSG and a lot of preservatives to prevent excessive sodium intake. Added bonus? Beef jerky doesn’t affect your body’s level of insulin, which signals your body to store fat. So it fills you up without triggering your body to start packing on the weight. Now that’s a damn good snack. 

 

2. Fresh Berries

Fruit is nature’s candy bar and a reasonable portion of fruit is always a great snack. Fresh berries are our personal favorite at the moment. Pop a bunch in the freezer and you’ll have a snack that’ll last longer than leaving them in the fridge. Not only are they delicious and sweet, freezing them gives an added crunch and makes it taste like you’re biting into a mini Popsicle each time.

 

3. Dark Chocolate

Chocolate, as it turns out, can be pretty beneficial to your health. But you’ve got to go darker to get the most benefits. Keep a few bars of dark chocolate in your desk drawer for a natural and healthy boost during the day. The psychological benefits are great too, since chocolate has been proven to improve your mood. Is there anything chocolate can’t do?

 

4. Baked Kale

Crave the crunch and saltiness of potato chips? Pop these in the oven for a low calorie, nutritious snack. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, onion powder, or Old Bay for some added flavor. Watch the oil—just a little dash will do. Don't add to much oil during the cooking process.

 

Ingredients of Kale Chips

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. With a knife, remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.

 

 2. Bake until the edges brown. 10 to 15 minutes.

 

PRZ Tip: Keep any snack below 300 calories—anything more and you’re essentially eating another meal. Don’t snack when under stress either, that’ll only cause you to eat more and store more fat. If you’re going for a midnight snack, be sure you have at least an hour to go before falling asleep to start up the digestion. Otherwise, just wait until breakfast. 

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