We have all been there. You are in between meals or just ate a healthy meal but do not feel full. So you reach for that bag of chips or that candy bar to help fill the void in your mind and stomach. You know it is wrong and you will suffer but decide you need it. It makes it even harder when your family does not eat as healthy as you do and their goodies are everywhere and worse yet when they partake of those wonderful, sweet or salty, and sugar/carb filled nuggets in front of you. They love you so probably and you being the caring person you are say “No, go ahead”.
Alas, that does not have to be a problem for you if you like one of a few alternate snacks.
We will start with the Pepperoni pickled peppers in the featured picture. Warning these bare a hefty spicy kick but eating 5 to 6 will for sure crush that craving both by more sustenance and the spice. They also make a great meal addition for salads and soups. Traveling with these wonders are easy, just throw a bunch in a sandwich bag and then into your cooler on your method of travel. On the water they are an even easier snack in comparison with other traditional snacks due to them having stems on them you do not consume (unless you have problems) so you use the stem to bite off the pepper then discard the natural stem in nature so no pollution to the environment.
Pickles are another of the well traveled but often overlooked snacks. Get a jar of whole pickles to take on your trip or spears to just snack on at will. Eat all you want because they are awesome for you! They have 1.6g of fiber to 1.9g of carbohydrates which is a 0.3g of net carbs. They pack 4% of your daily requirement of Potassium which makes them great for you when you are burning energy because Potassium is an electrolyte completed in a cycle by the amount of sodium in the pickle. With 6% of your daily requirement of Calcium they also help you build stronger bones. Their super powers do not stop there because they are even rumored to by some to help with a major hangover and I personally can vouch that drinking pickle juice can help lower your blood sugar levels due to the vinegar contained in it.
Pork Rinds…Yes, its unbelievable that I brought pork into this as a healthy snack. Just as pickled they have Potassium and Sodium which combine to make an electrolyte that can help you when out on the water, after the gym, or on the trail with energy levels. They also contain Iron and a lot of protein which helps you feel full without ingesting a ton of extra weight to carry. They do contain some cholesterol so if you have an aversion by choice or health for cholesterol please avoid this but otherwise they will be beneficial and help fill you up.
Lastly, you can feel full fast by consuming a simple hard boiled egg. Again on the trail, at home, or traveling they are easy if they are prepared ahead of time. In our house we keep 10-20 hard boiled eggs on hand often and buy fresh eggs 36 at a time to keep our stock up. For traveling simply throw some eggs in a sandwich bag with some salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning and they can be eaten on the go anywhere with no utensils if you individually bag them.
When in doubt pickled vegetables, vegetables, and protein (meat or beans) are always your best bet in that order as far as value to your body is concerned. The pickled items are even better for you when you are a Type 2 diabetic because the vinegar helps lower your insulin resistance and they are probiotics which will help your good gut bacteria overwhelm the bad bacteria along with being much easier to digest. Green Vegetables can be consumed with no control on how much but be careful on what you add to it to make it taste better (salad dressings and the like) because if it has sugar in it then it is as bad for you as the chocolate bar. Proteins as always make you feel full because they digest in your stomach and take a long time for your stomach to break them down so the fullness effect stretches longer than vegetables do but they can be abused and are not always suggested for those who have cholesterol problems. As with any suggestions on what you take into your body consult your physician first to ensure it fits into their plan to make you healthy as well. If you have any ideas for healthy snacks be sure to share them in the comment below.