Imagine you can choose between two snacks. Both are crunchy and tasty. One of them will make you stronger, happier and fuel your brain power. The other will make you weaker, slower and may reduce your immunity.
Which Snack Would You Choose?
Store-bought and packaged snacks, chips, crisps, cookies, chocolate bars and candy are snacks that sap your power despite our thinking they boost energy with a “sugar high”. It can be hard not to choose them. They are fun, and hit the taste sensors! But they are often full of sugar and chemicals that cause havoc in your body and destroy your health.
The good news is that snacks can be fun and tasty, while still being healthy. Even better, they are full of vitamins and other great things you need for a strong body and mind that ages gracefully.
Fruit is a the ideal snack. Firstly, it tastes great! Also, there are so many different fruits to choose from: Apples, grapes, cantaloupe, raspberries… There are even fruits you’ve probably never heard of or tried, like star fruit, durian and jackfruit.
When you eat fruit for a snack, you can count on it giving you energy. This is because fruit is made of natural sugars. Natural sugar isn’t like the chemically laden bad sugar that can give you cavities. Fruit’s sugar is like nature’s energy reserve created specifically for your body.
Fruit is also full of vitamins such as:
- Vitamin C (boosts your immunity)
- Vitamin A (increases eyesight and skin health)
If you aren’t crazy about the fruit you’ve tasted so far, head to the farmers market and try some new fruit that is in season.
Veggies can be hard to love because on their own they can seem bland and tasteless. But did you know that there are more than 400 different kinds of vegetables? Surely you can find a handful you like in all of those!
Veggies are the goldmine for nutrition and make for some pretty delicious snacks.
Here are a couple of good things veggies have plenty of.
- Protein is what your body is made of—your muscles and your hair. You need it to grow. And you can get it by eating veggies, like beans and broccoli.
- Fiber keeps everything inside your digestion in check and your body working like it should. It also helps you to feel full. Veggies are chock full of it.
If you are not sold on the Fruits and Veggies idea as a snack, throw them together into a smoothie! I have tons of recipes for you in my Green Smoothie Challenge. It's free and you can sign up by clicking here:
Did you know you can make fries with sweet potato?
Here’s a recipe you might want to try.
Sweet Potato Chips Recipe
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Wash the sweet potato and slice it as thinly as possible. Try to keep all your slices the same thickness so they’ll bake evenly. Soak them in water for about 10 minutes.
Pat your slices dry and put them in a bowl with the olive oil. Toss them with a fork until they’re coated.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put a cooling rack on top of it. Lay your sweet potato slices on the cooling rack and sprinkle them with salt and maybe something a little bit spicy- chili powder is one I like to add! Put the whole tray in the oven.
Bake for 40 minutes to an hour until the chips curl up a bit and just turn brown a little. Enjoy!
So, the next time you need a snack, remember to reach for something that doesn’t come from a packet and see how you feel after eating it!
What fruit or vegetable are you reaching for today? Comment below!
Want more healthy snack ideas? Read my recent blog called Five Weight Loss Friendly Snack Ideas You Will Love
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Gaylene Gomez, NNCP, C.H.N.