Jessica Colyer
Updated: February 15, 2017



One thing that makes it difficult to stick to a healthy diet is the plethora of unhealthy snacks out there, and all of them within an arms reach in pretty much every grocery aisle at the store. Our sister brand Cooking Light presents one last installment in their Simple Swaps series to give us all some great snacking tips. In order to save time wandering up and down the aisles at the store, it's really helpful to have a plan before you go in, which is why we've discussed how important meal planning is when sticking to a heart-healthy diet. Also, when it comes to dining out, we've talked about how easy it is to make good, healthy decisions from a restaurant menu. And in the case of cutting carbs, here are some easy swaps you can make to snack healthier throughout your week. For even more snacking tips, today we're venturing into some heart-healthy territory with snacks that have cholesterol busting properties and fiber that also helps keep your heart healthy. These seven snacks are simple items that you can easily keep stocked in your pantry or fridge. What are they? Let's check them out below:

  • Nuts
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Sunflower seeds
These simple snacks are a great way to keep your healthy diet in check throughout the week. For example, when you find yourself in an afternoon rut, nuts are a great go-to item to keep your hunger in check. Not only do they contain protein, fiber, and essential minerals like magnesium and iron, but they also curb cravings that could cause you to reach for unhealthier snacks. Speaking of unhealthier snacks, when the urge to grab a bag of something crunchy hits (we're looking at you, potato chips) instead, go for some crisp veggies or a handful of sunflower seeds. These snacking swaps are a great addition to a heart-healthy lifestyle, and would also be a great boost to add to your diet even if you aren't watching your cholesterol levels. Do you have a favorite heart-healthy snack? Let us know what it is in the comments below, and as always, happy cooking!