by Divyata Raut
Antioxidant-rich berries are one of the most nutritious buys from the supermarket. These tiny fruits are small enough to be popped in your mouth as you rush through important job tasks because each one of them packs a punch with their potent anti-ageing properties. All berries are high in fibre so don’t be fooled by how small they look- a handful is enough to satisfy your hunger.
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Protein boosts your metabolism and burns more calories so purchase a bag of nuts for snack time. Although they are packed with protein, fibre, and healthy fats, limit your portion size as binging on nuts can quickly add up to a high-calorie count. Buy nuts that are still in their in shells so you won’t be tempted to consume the entire bag in one sitting.
These sweet chewy treats are yummy but be sure to check the ingredient list before dumping those delicious cranberries into your shopping basket. Ensure that there’s no added sugars or syrups. Since dry fruits are basically just dehydrated fresh fruits, a study by the Journal of American College Of Nutrition revealed that dried fruits contain twice as many as antioxidants as fresh fruits. That doesn’t mean you can eat an entire bowl of dried plum- do keep the serving size in mind.
Packaged microwavable popcorn contains an insane amount of sodium so grab a bag of plain popcorn kernels instead. Toss a few kernels in a bowl, mix it with your choice of seasoning and bake it in the oven. Alternatively, they can be cooked in a microwave with a brown bag or a microwave-safe bowl. Don’t load the entire bowl with kernels though, a tablespoon and half make about three cups of popcorn. Low in calories, fat and cholesterol, plain popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can have.
Can peanut butter be considered health food? Harvard Medical School says yes! It’s packed with fibre, potassium and protein. Peanut butter lovers are also less likely to develop type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Smeared over bread, fruits or even eaten by its own, it makes a delicious afternoon snack that won’t bust your calorie bank. Even better if you opt for less processed and unsalted peanut butter.
Keep an orange in the fridge and peel it open for a cold, pulpy and delightful mid-afternoon snack. Its zesty aroma will refresh your senses while the high amount of Vitamin C will boost your immune system and prevent colds. It also includes Vitamins A, B, and a whole host of other nutrients. This tiny snack packs a punch!
Wheat Biscuits and Cheese
If you’re craving for something fancy to nibble on, go for wholegrain crackers. Apart from the delicious nutty taste, the wholegrain variation will keep you fuller for longer. For a bit more extravagance, enjoy these biscuits with some feta, cottage or gouda cheese. Yummy!
Eating clean restricts unnecessary sugars that are found in all flavoured yogurts. So go for creamy Greek yogurt with a handful of berries or a drizzle of honey. It tastes wholesome, rich and is packed with calcium and protein. The good bacteria in it is also great for your gut!
The easiest snack to grab and go from the store has to be dark chocolate. Minimally processed dark chocolate is good for heart health and lowers cholesterol. It’s also loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids, which improves brain function. Pop a square before a meeting or demanding job tasks for better focus and improved memory. Plus a couple of squares are only about 60 calories. Safe to say that dark chocolate is the healthiest sweet treat ever.
This yummy fruit can be scarfed down within two minutes and keeps you full with about 105 calories. This nutrient dense fruit makes for the perfect snack when you have no time to prepare anything elaborate. And it’s mess proof! Having a banana every day supplies your body with Vitamin B6 and prevents type 2 diabetes. It also increases serotonin levels so you’ll be in a much better mood, preventing the risk of emotional binge eating.