I get it-the temptation to grab a bag of chips on your way home after a long day, or the urge to indulge in some candy especially when your energy levels are low.
While it’s okay to eat candy and chips, daily intake can have an adverse effect on your health. Fortunately, here are some healthy snack options you can try.
Dark chocolate has some high nutritional value and can help decrease body fat. Moreover, it has antioxidants that reduce blood pressure and magnesium which helps reduce menstrual cramps. Nevertheless, do not overindulge and choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content.
Seeds and nuts
With seeds and nuts, you are spoilt for choice. From almond nuts, cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecans, pistachio; you have a variety that can last you for months.
Seeds and nuts contain important nutrients that can help improve digestion, reduce the risk of heart disease, boost your brain performance and increase energy levels. Next time you find feeling sluggish at work, loose the coffee or energy drink and grab some nuts.
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You didn’t think fruits would miss on this list, did you? Fruits are nutritional powerhouses. They are excellent sources of important vitamins, minerals and fibers that boost the body’s metabolism and ultimately health. Fruits also prevent certain life-threatening diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
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The beauty with fruits is that you can eat them alone or you can use them to make delicious smoothies and juices. You can also use them as toppings for yoghurt. The next time you go to the grocery, make sure to get a variety of fruits., Its time you stop using your fruit rack as house decor.
Juices and smoothies
Juices are another healthy snack option, especially on a hot lazy day. The beauty with smoothies is that you can easily make them at home. You just need a blender, a couple of fruits and recipes that are easily available on the internet and in a matter of minutes you get yourself a healthy smoothie or juice.
Unless you are lactose intolerant, there is no reason why you should not add yoghurt to your healthy snacks list. Yoghurt contains calcium, live culture, and vitamins that strengthen the bones, boost the immune system and help prevent digestive problems. Sometimes, yoghurt can also boost your weight loss efforts. However, make sure that your yoghurt is natural with little or no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, as these can be harmful to your health.
Kale is highly loaded with nutrients that are especially useful in decreasing blood pressure and the risk of colon cancer. You can use kale to make a delicious snack for you and your loved ones. You just need some chopped kale, some olive oil and salt. Mix the ingredients together and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10–15 minutes and Voila! You get yourself some finger licking kale chips.
Snacking doesn’t have to be a guilty affair. With the healthy snack options provided here, and many more, you can enjoy your snacking time without worrying about your health or weight. Try some of these today.
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