Make Snacking a Satisfying and Guilt-Free Experience With These Heart Healthy and Nutritious Snack Ideas
Whether you’re embarking on a new path to living a healthier lifestyle or looking for tips on how to snack better, I get it. This is the second in my two-part series about healthy snacking. It can be tricky at first, regardless of your health and wellness goals-whether it’s for weight-loss or healthier food choices. I’ve got you covered with some guilt-free heart healthy and nutrition packed ideas for in-between meals.
Celery and Apple Slices with Peanut Butter
Celery, Apples and peanut butter are a flavor packed and tasty combination. Not to mention, apples and celery are highly-beneficial for the digestive tract.
Apples are known to be prebiotic and contain a high-fiber content along with antioxidants, which can help the beneficial bacteria living in the gut. It’s also worth noting apples have beneficial compounds to aid in fighting asthma.
Celery contains essential anti-inflammatory nutrients as well as antioxidants and minerals and like vitamin B6, K, C and potassium. Just one cup of celery contains at least 5-grams of fiber. That’s great for your gut.
Peanut butter contains protein and has some heart health benefits. As a monounsaturated fat has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterols and triglycerides. Consume peanut butter in moderation, and choose a brand low in sugar.
Simple and easy to prepare. A nutrition packed and filling snack.
Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins D, B-12 and B-6. Because eggs are filling, they may satiate hunger for several hours or in-between meals—which is great for reducing caloric intake and weight loss. Studies show eggs don’t increase your risk of heart disease.
Cucumber with Cream Cheese or Hummus
The perfect hydrating and heart healthy snack combination.
Cucumbers contain antioxidants, vitamins C and B-1, potassium, magnesium and other minerals. They promote healthy hydration in the body and are low in calories.They can also help aid in weight loss and lower blood sugar.
Hummus is a hearth healthy food, made from chickpeas. It contains copper, iron, magnesium, zinc as well as vitamin B-6,C, E, and K.
Cream Cheese contains conjugated linoleum acid (CLA) a healthy fat, vitamin B-12, calcium and protein.
Oatmeal with Fruits and Nuts
You can’t go wrong with oatmeal for all it’s health benefits along with wholesome and nutritious fruits and nuts.
Oatmeal helps reduce blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, aids in weight stabilization, provides energy by being a good source of protein and carbohydrates. It is rich in iron and fiber as well as being packed full of antioxidants.
Fruit is a food item you can’t go wrong with. Whether you choose dried or fresh, most fruits are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients.
Nuts are another source of heart healthy foods and omega-3 fatty acids. Many nuts contain fiber, vitamin E, copper, selenium magnesium. phosphorus, antioxidants and more.
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*This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.