WATCH: 5 Healthy Alternatives To Common Snack Foods

Snacks. We all love them and we all buy them. Snacking is as much a part of our culture as reading Harry Potter and watching the Colbert Report. Old habits die hard, which makes kicking the snack habit a challenging endeavor. Luckily, you don’t have to completely avoid snacks to make a real change to your lifestyle. A habit shift may be just what the doctor ordered.

Instead of outlawing food between meals, make an effort to eat more healthy snacks. Only you can know how best to execute this plan. For me, it happens at the grocery store. If I only have healthy snacks stocked in my home, then I end up eating them. Though every now and again I still sneak a round of my all-time favorite snack food — cheddar cheese and crackers — my habit is to eat other, better things.

Healthier alternatives for snacks

You too can slay the snack food demon and train yourself to snack on healthier alternatives. At the end of the day, you will need to experiment with what works for you. Depending on your go-to snack and the characteristic (taste, texture, etc.) that you love about it, you may find a great alternative for you that wouldn’t work for someone else. In the meantime, here are a few ideas to get you started.

— Erin Wildermuth

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