Eating a healthy snack allows you to add to your intake of essential nutrients. Many people avoid snacks due of the misconception that snacks lead to weight gain. On the contrary, a healthy snack can offer several health benefits. In fact, it can even be included in a weight loss plan. The trick is to choose a snack with about 100 calories and a mix of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Also, aim to eat your snack about halfway between meals to keep energy levels consistent. A healthy snack keeps hunger at bay and lets you stick to a moderate amount of food when you eat your next meal. Browse through easy healthy Indian snacks recipes which you can tryout anytime at home.
Additionally, taking healthy snacks between meals enhances focus and performance, both at school and work. Children are able to comprehend and retain information presented in the classroom at a higher rate when their bodies are fueled consistently, according to the American Dietetic Association. Similarly, adults may find that eating a small snack in the afternoon gets them through their tasks more quickly and efficiently. You can try healthy foods such as vegetables and hummus, popcorn or a low-calorie energy bar. Also, mixed nuts provide an easy way to get a delicious dose of protein in a convenient, shelf-stable package. Be it a mixed bunch for variety or a combo with dried fruit for some added sweetness, you will surely enjoy this snacks.
However, if protein powder is not your thing, there are plenty of alternatives to creating a high-protein beverage, including a banana drink, bulked up with chocolate milk and peanut butter, which provides both healthy fat and cardiovascular benefits in addition to protein. It is also interesting to note that with only 4 grams of carbs per ounce, walnuts can help you snack your way through a low-carb diet. What’s more, with their lofty levels of mega-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, it’s a great idea to go ‘nuts’ over them! It is advisable to opt for salt-free walnuts to keep your sodium intake in check. You should also consider switching to Nutralite, a healthy table margarine. It is rich in MUFA and PUFA which are known cholesterol combatants. Additionally, it is low in cholesterol and is also completely free of hydrogenated fats.