When we hear the term “snacking,” most of us think it’s something we have to stay far away from if we want to lose weight. However, with the right food choices, snacking can actually be healthy and still be something you can enjoy.

The holiday season is right around the corner and is generally the time of year when food consumption hits an all-time high in North America. From chocolate to fruitcake, to chips and dips, the holidays can be a tempting time to overindulge in things we wouldn’t normally find ourselves eating on a regular basis. By eating things like potato chips, chocolate, and other sugary foods, you’re not actually getting any essential nutrients. For example, proteins, vitamins and minerals – all of which are required for good health.

If you’re following a strict diet – for example, a low-carb diet – then you’ll have to pay close attention to the snacks you choose to consume. Many low-carb snacks require little to no preparation. Eggs are a great low-carb option as they’re high in protein, as well as vitamins and minerals. They can also make you feel fuller, which means you’ll be less likely to consume more calories throughout the day. If you’re inclined to eat potato chips, replace them with raw vegetables; celery, carrots, broccoli, peppers, etc. For some extra flavour, make your own low-calorie ranch dip (click here for a great recipe.) However, if you’re more of a sweet than savoury fan, instead of eating cake and chocolate, replace them with fruits (strawberries, grapes, bananas, prunes) and yogurt.

There are many healthy meal and snack options out there, it’s just a matter of finding the right ones and making sure they’re things you like so that you can stick to making healthier eating habits.