Afternoon Snacks

When I get home from school or work, I often get hungry or my sweet tooth kicks in. To stop this I try to make a quick snack that keeps me full until dinner but easy enough to make so that I won’t lay my hands on the cookie jar.

First off we have Fruit, an average apple contains fiber and phytonutrients that helps to regulate one’s blood sugar. Most fruits contain large portions of antioxidants, vitamins and fibers which keeps you full and energized for hours. We are told to eat 5-9 servings of fruit each day, so start eating!

Nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber. The fats in nuts are good fats that our bodies need so start consuming more of them! Don’t settle for one particular nut, you should be eating almonds, cashews, pistachios etc. because a mix of different nuts is the best way to consume it according to a 2004 review in the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. Mixed nuts, ideally raw and unsalted, provide the best variety of nutrients and antioxidants

Popcorn are a delicious snack that most people enjoy. It contains whole grain and antioxidants, it’s cheap and it’s easy to prepare. The best way to eat popcorn is to pop whole popcorn kernels, in the microwave or on your stove. Don’t add any extra fats or sugary seasoning. Grass-fed organic butter and a pinch of salt is the best way to go.

Hummus & crackers go hand in hand. Hummus is rich in protein and iron. It makes for an incredibly yummy taste together with a multi-seed cracker. This will fill you up real good and takes about 20 sec to fix. If you have a bit more time on your hands, peel a carrot, a cucumber or take out some celery to go with it.

Peanut and almond butter contains protein, antioxidants, magnesium, iron and healthy fats. When buying these you want to make sure it’s pure and natural with no additives, so look for the words raw and organic. I love to spread some raw peanut butter on a slice of apple, it keeps me full and soothes my sweet tooth. You can also make your own peanut or almond butter at home, you just put the desired amount of that nut in a food processor and using the highest setting, let the nuts get processed adding minimal amounts of water so that a paste forms.

 

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