Choosing healthy snacks is important, but it can be a difficult task for busy people who just don't know where to start. It can also be hard for food lovers to give up their favorite treats and try something new, especially since healthy foods tend to get an undeserved bad reputation where taste is concerned. How can you start eating healthier while satisfying your craving for a tasty snack and getting through your daily to-do list? Here are some delicious and convenient snack options that can also provide fantastic health benefits to improve your life.
Tofu is one versatile snack option that contains a specific type of highly beneficial amino acid. This nutrient helps our bodies to increase specific neurotransmitters that can help boost concentration and alertness. It also contains high levels of protein, which can make it a great snack to help you plow through the day with greater energy. Tofu can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. In fact, it is a favorite food for many vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike that can be eaten as a baked snack, in a soup or as part of a diverse array of other recipes as a quick and healthy substitute for other, less nutrient-rich options.
Almonds are more than just delicious nuts - they are nutrition powerhouses packed with vitamin E, omega fatty acids, beneficial minerals and fiber, to name just a few of the nutrients contained in these tasty treats. They are even low-glycemic, making them compatible with many diets. However, there is one important question that many nutrition-conscious foodies ask: do almonds have lectins in them? Lectins are a type of protein that can potentially have negative health effects if a person consumes too many of them. As it turns out, almonds do contain these proteins, but don't let that discourage you - lectins are only found in the skin of the almonds. If you purchase blanched almonds, which are also known as skinless almonds, you can enjoy the many health benefits of these amazing nuts without worrying about any health issues that could be caused by lectins. Almonds are also a small, portable snack, allowing you to eat healthy while on-the-go.
Pumpkin seeds are among the healthiest snacks you could add to your diet - and they're delicious. They contain zinc and magnesium, two powerful nutrients that are lacking in many modern diets. Some research even suggests that magnesium and zinc may benefit individuals who use medication for depression. Whether you like them raw, toasted or hulled, pumpkin seeds can boost your nutrient intake while helping you feel satisfied and energized until your next meal. Like almonds, they are small and easy to carry so you can eat them wherever you are.
This one may come as a surprise to some and as a welcome announcement to chocolate lovers: dark chocolate has a variety of health benefits. It also contains many calories, so try to eat it in very small portions. If you are attempting to lose or maintain your weight, you may want to ask a professional if adding chocolate to your diet is a safe move. In general, as long as you eat this scrumptious treat in moderation, you can potentially enjoy such health benefits as lowering cholesterol, the prevention of cognitive decline and a lower risk of cardiovascular issues from this interesting and tasty treat. It is also an easy treat to enjoy at work, home or wherever your busy life takes you.
While it is easy to give up on healthy eating due to excuses such as time constraints or a lack of delicious options, there are always nutrient-filled snacks available for people with varied schedules and tastes. Try a few different healthy snacks and see which ones are your favorites. From there, slowly incorporate other tasty additions to your diet that boost your health while satisfying your hunger.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, and growing young. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to contact her through Facebook.
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