Healthy Snacks to Eat Everyday
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Healthy Snacking on the Move
Avoiding hunger increases the likelihood that you'll choose healthy snacks rather than raiding the biscuit tin. You should aim to eat smaller meals and snacks every three to five hours. Life can be hectic so it's handy to have a snack you can take with you to work or school and eat on the go.
Try a handful of dried fruits and nuts. Include nuts such as almonds, which are a great source of vitamin E and apricots, which when dried concentrate all their nutrients (including vitamin C, iron and calcium) into an easy-to-eat bundle.
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Bananas are a staple of any healthy diet and you can simply unzip and eat this potassium-packed treat. Or why not trying slicing a banana on to a piece of wholemeal toast for an even more filling snack?
Grapes are filled with antioxidants which help you to combat heart disease. Make your snack more substantial by serving them with a strong and flavoursome cheese. Hard cheese is high in fat but it is a great source of vitamins such as B12 so try a couple of dice-sized cubes with your grapes.
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Curb Your Cravings
Your blood-sugar level dips three to five hours after you eat so make sure that your snacks are satisfying and filled with fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Hummus and raw vegetables are a good option. Made at home using chickpeas, hummus is a filling, fibre- and protein-packed snack. Serve with a choice of raw vegetables such as carrots, peppers and celery. Low-fat shop-bought hummus can be a great stand-in if you don't have the time to make your own.
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A homemade smoothie is one of the easiest snacks to conjure up. You can use any fruit you want but for a filling smoothie add a handful of bran and some honey. Make sure you use all the fruit, not just the juice, to increase your daily fibre intake
Low-fat natural yogurt is a dairy treat that can be combined with either honey or fruit. It's a great calcium-filled snack when your sweet tooth gets the better of you.
Brain and Mood Food Snacks
Food is your body's fuel but if you choose nutrient-poor or sugary snacks the result will be a surge in energy followed by a crash and burn. Make the right snacking choices and this can be avoided. Your concentration levels and mood can be lifted and stay there. Protein-rich foods can to help you achieve this and maintain a good level of mental alertness.
Hardboiled eggs contain vitamin B2 and lots of protein. Currently expert says there is not limit how many eggs you can eat per day but remember that eggs are relatively high in fat.
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Canned tuna is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are the ultimate brain booster. However, you should choose tuna from cans filled with spring water rather than brine or oil. For a more substantial snack, try spreading it on rye crisp bread.
Walnuts contain omega 3 oils and a few of theme go a long way to helping achieve mental alertness. They are also infused with Vitamin E, which is a great for your skin.
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