Oh, ya. Don’t you love articles that tell you snacking can get you healthier, fitter and sexier?! Snacking really can – IF you know what you’re doing. So here’s today’s guest post by Chelsea Sawyer to direct you in the right way to snack to get you the results you’re looking for!
Snacking is not a bad thing; it’s what you eat that makes it bad. Most people have grown up on snacks loaded with sodium and processed sugar, with little to no nutrients at all. Eating enough of these short meals in between will not only wreak havoc on your waistline but also have adverse effects on your overall health and well-being.
The right snacks do the opposite. They not only give you the nutrients you need to sustain your energy, but they also even keep you fit and sexy. To help you add healthy snacks to your diet, here are six of the best ones you should have in your kitchen and at your office.
- Edamame. This nutritionally packed bean is filled with fiber (which keeps you from craving sugars by improving digestion) and protein (which fuels growth of lean muscle mass and increases metabolic rate as well as calorie burn). You can eat it hot or cold, sprinkled with a bit of salt, or roasted with cherry tomatoes.
- Popcorn. Make it the old-fashioned way: over your stove with healthy oils, like olive oil and coconut oil. Corn, in any form, is good for snacking. Just make sure it isn’t loaded with processed ingredients, and that it is taken with less salt.
- Berry Smoothies. Any fruit smoothie will do actually, but berries really pack a nutritional punch, not to mention flavor. You can use coconut milk or almond milk, or even just plain water with your choice of berries. Smoothies are also perfect for boosting your work out routine; a good cardio workout snack could include a creamy mix of avocado, which lowers cholesterol and powers up the heart, with blueberries, which is loaded with antioxidants.
- Apples and Peanut Butter. Not your usual bananas and peanut butter combination, yes, but this duo should make for a highly nutritious and delicious snack, too. Apples boost your immune system while the peanut butter delivers sufficient protein.
- Hummus and Whole Wheat Pita. Get your carbs and protein from the hummus and get the fuel you need from pita. Together, this scrumptious snack can help repair muscle tissues and replenish glycogen stores after you’ve worked out.
- Tuna on Whole Wheat. If you want something more filling, grab a tuna on whole wheat sandwich instead of a burger. Make your own with olive oil and lemon juice. And you’ll fill up better without putting on the excess pounds.
Eating better snacks should become part of everyone’s health care plans. When you choose to eat better, you will feel and look better. So the next time you feel like snacking, make a fruit smoothie or whip up a tuna sandwich.
About the Author:
Chelsea Sawyer is a certified health coach and a content creator. She writes about health and fitness, beauty, weight loss, anti-aging solutions and other topics that can help improve health. She shares this resource http://mywellnessrevolution.com/?p=23751 for more healthy snacks and health care plans.
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