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