Healthy (& Yummy) Snacks

Healthy (& Yummy) Snacks

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Healthy snacks may be the key to keeping you slim, energized and satiated all day long, and the extra perk…. you'll save a bit of mullah.

Ever get that mid day lull, where you find yourself staring mindlessly into the Starbucks glass snack counter? After inhaling a chocolate chip cookie in one bite, you're still hungry and realize that this entire scenario and pointless calorie consumption could have been avoided if you just had a handful of nuts....we’ve all done it!! Healthy snacks can not only save you from overeating at a meal, it also prevents you from eating junk food when you need a quick pick-me-up in times of unexpected hunger. And, wouldn't you know that after a week of not wasting your cash on fattening pre-packaged snacks (ok, it's not a lot, but it adds up), you may even have some extra dough. It's a win win situation! No matter where you nest or travel, it's always important to keep a bag of healthy snacks at your finger tips to keep your pallet pleased and stomach satiated. 

Eating small meals and snacking throughout the day will allow your body to run more efficiently, while boosting your metabolism. Healthy snacking prevents your body from entering starvation mode, which causes your body to store fat. Not only will you naturally flatten those abs, you'll also shed lb.’s due to your body’s ability to avoid inflammation, which occurs when you eat fewer, but larger meals. Instead of having to instantly release and raise your insulin levels to lower your blood sugar, which leaves you tied and fatigued, you'll feel balanced and energized throughout the entire day. 

So now, what are your snack options? Below is a hand full of healthy finger foods so you don’t get bored. Bring only what you need for the day to make sure that your snacking is still somewhat regulated. Just remember to stock up over the weekend or when you have some free time. Munch away!!
Happy Because We're Not Hungry!
Seeds:
The original “egg” of the plant, seeds contain all of the nutrients needed to nourish the growth of a new plant, and thus can do the same for our bodies. With a gold mine of healthy minerals, vitamin E, niacin and folic-acid contents, seeds are an excellent nutrition package. Seeds are among the better plant sources of iron and zinc as well.  In fact, one ounce of pumpkin seeds contains almost twice as much iron as three ounces of skinless chicken breast and are also a good sources of protein. For those who are lactose intolerant, sesame seeds are an excellent vegan outlet to the bone building and strengthening mineral, calcium. Be sure to store them in a dry cool place to ensure their longest shelf life!

Pears:
Fresh pears are so low in calories and high in fiber, you could eat one before every meal and still lose weight. But even better, pears are loaded with catechins and flavonols, two antioxidants that appeared to hinder the storage of belly fat in a 14-year study. A pear has 30% more potassium than an apple. Potassium is necessary for maintaining a steady heartbeat, muscle contractions, nerve transmission, carbohydrate and protein metabolism. They’re easy to carry, sweet and will give you a boost of energy especially during that 3pm sleepy hour.

Popcorn:
I’m not talking about the movie popcorn, people. Pop your own corn. Sans the butter and salt, popcorn is a real gut whittler. Why? Because popcorn is a whole grain, and it's fun to eat!! A study revealed that people who ate lots of whole grains had smaller middles compared with folks who ate mostly refined grains. The American Diabetes Association lists vitamin A, three grams of protein and the following minerals are contained in plain popcorn: iron, magnesium, folate, potassium and phosphorus. Pop it the night before and you’ll have yourself a fun and healthy treat for the next day.
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Raw Almonds:  
Raw almonds make a delicious and healthy-fat snack. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. While they do contain a small amount of saturated fat, most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat, which is known for its ability to promote healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health. Almonds make a great snack because they are a good source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These nutrients are essential for keeping your bones and teeth healthy and strong. Just one oz. of nuts contains eight percent of your daily intake of potassium, 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of magnesium and 14 percent of the phosphorus you need. Almonds contain tons of soluble fiber, keeping you full in between meals, and insoluble fiber keeps you "regular" (wink, wink) and feeling light!

Avocado:
Not only is this yummy fruit a satisfying addition to any meal, its also great to scoop up for a mid day snack. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a nutrient enhancer, by aiding the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, when eaten with the avocado. Known (by me) as the cheese of the earth, avocado’s rich and creamy texture satisfies even the most decedent taste buds. Avocados are one of the few fruits that deliver "good" fats, with 3g of mono and 0.5g polyunsaturated fat per one oz. serving. Bag and pack a half of avocado with you throughout your day, scoop it out and eat it plain or with a squeeze of lemon…yum!
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