During the day we often want to take a snack and sometimes, we eat wrong foods that won’t help us to achieve our goals of lean figure.
In today’s article we bring to your attention 11 healthy snacks ideas.
There is a saying : “One apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This is 100% true, because apples are rich in vitamins and minerals, they are strong antioxidants and are low in calories. Apples lower the cholesterol levels in the body, high in fibre apples will fill you up which will help to control your weight. This fruit will also boost and fortify your immune system, detoxify the liver and help your teeth to stay healthy by lowering the levels of bacteria in the mouth. All of the above benefits make apple a perfect snack for healthy diet.
2) Dark Chocolate.
Natural dark chocolate (containing no less than 80% of cocoa) also stays strong in the list of healthy snacks. It’s good for your heart, your brain, it helps to control blood sugar, it’s rich in antioxidants and is high in vitamins and minerals (potassium, copper, magnesium and iron). Chocolate can also improve your mood, it stimulates the production of endorphins (substance in the brain that brings feeling of pleasure) and it contains serotonin, which acts as antidepressant, this is why “choco-snack” can also make you happier! :). But pay attention to sizes of chocolate bar, moderation is the key, no more than 3 ounces per day!
Blueberries are my favourite snack, I often eat them between meals. If you do some intellectual work, this berry will help you to concentrate and will stimulate the work of the brain, they are rich in vitamins and low in calories, just perfect for those who decided to walk on the road of slimmer figure. Blueberries have been proved to preserve the vision and can help to reduce belly fat. They contain a lot of vitamins such as C, B complex, E, A, zinc, iron, etc.. As a natural strong antioxidant, blubbery will neutralise free radicals which will help to slow down the ageing process. The list of blueberries’ benefits can go on and on and it definitely has its special place in the list of healthy snacks.
Avocado is a very valuable product for those who love to stay healthy and in shape.
This snack is not only very tasty but also amazingly beneficial, because it’s rich in fibres and good healthy natural fats, it will help to keep young looking skin and take down the levels of cholesterol in the body. Rich in vitamins B, K and E, avocado is a real friend of your heart maintaining it’s health, it protects from cancer because it’s high in oleic acid and it’s also widely used even in cosmetic industry. To make an easy avocado snack, take a slice of bread, spread avocado on top and then put a tiny amount of salt. It is incredibly delicious!
5) Green tea.
Green tea is very rich in antioxidants, it helps to boost the metabolism and cleanses the body from toxins, therefore it’s a very heathy helper of those losing weight. There are also other bonuses to the green tea benefits’ list: it helps to reduce stress, improves the appearance of the skin and can boost exercise endurance. All these praises of green tea are only a tiny glimpse of it’s true beneficial properties.
Although each nut has it’s own nutrition profile, almost all nuts contain healthy fats and fatty acids, fibre, vitamin E, and other beneficial substances.
Nuts are perfect snacks, they contain high amounts of Omega-3 which helps to lower the cholesterol levels in the body. Nuts are great source of vitamin E which is a very powerful antioxidant and is essential for the good functioning of the immune system, healthy skin and DNA repair. Among nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts have the highest content of vitamin E per serving.
Important to remember that nuts are high in calories and you don’t need big amounts to satisfy the hunger between meals. I often carry nuts in my handbag and when I’m hungry I eat some almond, cashew and pecan nuts, it helps to keep the levels of energy high without having a full meal.
This is a true friend of those loosing weight because it has negative calories which means that it burns more calories that you ate, it helps to burn fat and is rich in antioxidants, fibbers and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C. Celery contains calcium, magnesium, iron, essential amino acids, potassium and helps to regulate the blood pressure and improves digestion. Drinking celery juice during the day can prevent cravings for sweets. Celery juice also equalises the body’s PH which is necessary for maintaining great health. You can eat fresh celery or blend it into a juice mixing with any other fruit or vegetable (For example, celery+apples+carrot is one of my favourite combinations.)
One of my friends likes to carry carrots in her handbag during the day. Every time she wants a snack, she pulls out a carrot. Rich in fivers, vitamins E, C, D, PP and B complex, carotin and minerals, carrot is a wonderful snack for those who desire to eat healthy.
It has a big list of health benefits: strengthens the immune system, normalises the metabolism and digestive process, improves the vision, etc.
9) Coconut water.
This is one of nature’s most refreshing drinks. We can find a coconut water in shops specialised in healthy foods. The water is obtained by opening a green and healthy coconut. The liquid inside is a clear and sweet water, composed of natural sugars, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial for health substances which help to boost the metabolism and strengthen the immune system. Coconut water can improve the appearance of the skin and can help to lose weight.
This is a great snack and a perfect breakfast in one! Oatmeal is rich in minerals and vitamins A, E, B1, B2, B6, K, it normalises the digestive processes in the body and lowers the levels of cholesterol. Almost all Hollywood stars include oatmeal in their menu because they know the best that the beauty is more than miracles of photoshop, the list of benefits of this amazing product is really big!
Yogurt is easier to digest than milk, it can boost the immunity, lower the cholesterol levels and contributes to the colon health!
It’s a very healthy and light snack, rich in calcium and vitamins necessary for healthy functioning of the body. I would recommend to eat just a plain yogurt and then to add honey if you want it sweet.
The theme of healthy snacks and healthy foods in general is very big, that’s why I will continue the topic in later posts.
I hope you could learn something new.
What is your favourite healthy snack? Please, share your thoughts in the comments below.