New Year Healthy Snacks
Post holiday guilty feeling of being a glutton for the last few weeks is normal if you are reading this right now. As if, you can still feel the fats melting in your stomach, running to your veins cursing your conscience that you over indulged in not so good foods.
Now, New Year has come and makes you think of another useless new year mantra as a resolution to get back in shape. Thinking about the exercise you need to do every day and prepare the real healthy foods in the morning, made you cringed. But you decided in your heart and soul that eating the right food this year will ease away the pain.
Recommended snacks and meals below will surely take away that guilt in one way or another. Use it daily day and get back to your healthy, happy self.
Fresh Fruits: Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals, and are full of great natural sugar. A great source of antioxidants needed for a stronger immune system and a better performance at work.
Dried Fruit: Dried fruit is always a great snack option. Try mixing dried apricots, raisins, apples, or bananas. These snacks are sweet, chewy, high in fiber, and high in potassium.
Almonds: Almonds are a great source of protein and healthy fat that is satisfying. Contain nine essential nutrients; have the highest rate of proteins when compared to other nuts; have the highest rate of fiber, are rich in Vitamin E and contain monounsaturated fats that help increase HDL levels.
Low-fat Popcorn: This low-calorie snack will satisfy your craving for something salty and crunchy, and it’s also a good source of fiber.
Dry Cereal: The brain draws nearly all its energy from glucose, which is the most important simple sugar in human metabolism. Consumption of low glycemic index foods like bran flakes will release glucose at a slow rate in the bloodstream, which will minimize blood sugar swings and optimize brainpower and mental focus.
Flavored Rice Cakes: Rice cakes are great because they are low calorie and come in different flavors. For instance, you can get cheddar or caramel, depending on whether you want salty or sweet.
Pretzels: Though they’re salty, pretzels are low in fat and give you some carbs to hold you over until lunch or dinner.
String Cheese : If you have an office refrigerator, these are good sources of protein to have on hand. Protein will keep blood sugar levels steady and will not make you sleepy.
Wasabi Peas: These are perfect for satisfying any salty, crunchy, or spicy craving. And they have protein and fiber, which will energize you and prevent blood sugars from dropping.
Yogurt: Yogurts are made using “good bacteria,” which is great for your digestive tract. It also contains probiotics, and offers protein, calcium, vitamins, potassium, and magnesium.
Peanut Butter: The peanut butter provides healthy monounsaturated fat and protein, which stabilizes blood sugar ups and downs.