Top 4 Guilt Free Snacks
It is usually during the evening time: when your stomach growls for the unhealthy snacks, and the mind oscillates between ignoring that tiny voice and heading to grab a bag of munchies.
What munchies do you choose? Do you find it difficult to find healthy snack options? Or do you want to continue eating those high-calorie potato chips?
There is nothing wrong with potato chips - it is a personal choice.
But those who want to avoid the appealing junk food and look for healthy and tasty alternatives are at no loss.
Guilt free indulgence is possible.
Once again, it boils down to preference - a choice to eat a healthy natural snack. And it is never too late!
To make your journey towards healthy living a tad bit easier, we have curated a list of natural snacks for 2021.
1. Mixed nuts
Nuts, the evergreen bar snack, is a superfood that is highly nutritious with an optimum balance of healthy fat, protein, and fiber. It has high-fat content and calories, so do not go overboard!
Studies suggest that nuts are incredibly beneficial for a healthy heart. They can reduce plaques — the buildup of deposits in your arteries — by lowering the low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Plaques increase the chance of heart disease because the long-term buildup of deposits causes artery blockage and becomes a hindrance in the heart’s chore job — pumping blood.
Nuts also improve the lining of arteries and reduce the risk of blood clots.
Plus, nuts are a tempting snack, easy to store, and easy to carry.
Almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pecans, and macadamia are some of the all-time favorites – just make sure they are not covered in too much salt or sugar additives – raw or roasted is best!
2. Peanut butter
Peanut butter — one of the world’s most popular spreads — is full of health benefits. Managing weight, heart health, blood sugar levels, risk of gallstones are some of its health benefits.
It is packed with protein (almost 25%) and other essential vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Peanut butter is high in calories and fat; therefore, moderate intake is advised. To get maximum health benefits, look for an all-natural, no sugar or low-carb peanut butter. The less ingredients the better! Almond butter is another similar, great option.
Avocado, a unique fruit, has appealed to consumers across generations, especially the Millennials. So much so that they are also called the avocado generation due to their extreme fondness of avocados.
Avocados come from a tree scientifically known as Persea Americana. This fruit is also known as alligator pears or butter fruit.
It is a superfood full of nutritional benefits.
This versatile fruit is added to different dishes because of its exquisite flavor and rich texture. It is also the vital ingredient for dishes like guacamole.
The health benefits of avocado are numerous.
The scientific community suggests that avocado can lower the risk of certain cancers, such as prostate and colon cancer; Arthritis and Osteoporosis; depression (by reducingthe buildup of homocysteine); cholesterol; inflammation.
The rich, creamy texture and mild flavor of avocado, along with its abundant health benefits, has made avocados a common sight on our tables, from dips to desserts.
4. Plain Greek yogurt
Plain Greek yogurt is a powerhouse of protein, calcium, and vitamins, and probiotics.
How is it different from regular yogurt? Greek yogurt is a creamy, rich yogurt with less sugar, more carbs, and a sour taste formed by removing excess water, lactose, and minerals.
It has numerous benefits too. It helps improve bone and gut health, satiating hunger, boosting metabolism, lowering blood sugar and pressure.
The benefits of these natural snacks are many, and that’s why consumers have embraced them with great love and care.
Why don’t you give them a try?
Author: Somrita Ganchoudhuri
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Homocysteine decelerate the flow of nutrients to the brain, thus ramping up depression.