5 Ways to Snack Smarter

Food  |  May 19, 2017
  • Grab an Avocado
    1 / 5 Grab an Avocado

    Snack breaks are usually rife with high calorie foods full of saturated fat like cakes, cookies, candy bars, bubble tea, fried puffs, and chips. However, you’d be better off with an avocado instead, shares research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. By replacing the unhealthy saturated fat with unsaturated fatty acids from the avocado, you could improve bad cholesterol levels as well as reduce the risk of heart disease. An avocado is as creamy and satiating as any snack, plus, unlike pastry, its phytonutrients offer your body a bounty of benefits, and you can use it in a variety of ways. Put it on toast with some zatar, mix it with some salad, or make a tasty guacamole—just be sure that you’re not scarfing down the dip with salty chips.

    Also Read: Why Avocados are Good For You

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  • Go For Cocoa
    2 / 5 Go For Cocoa

    You don’t need an excuse to eat some chocolate, but we’re giving you one anyway. According to a study by Kingston University in the UK, the flavanols in dark chocolate help produce nitric oxide in the body, dilating blood vessels and reducing oxygen consumption, factors which supposedly improve athletic endurance. Beetroot juice has the same effect, but dark chocolate somehow seems infinitely more enjoyable.

     

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  • Eat Your Fruits
    3 / 5 Eat Your Fruits

    Chowing down on fresh fruits have been linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart attack, and stroke, and you don’t even need much to enjoy its benefits. A joint study by Oxford University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in China revealed that just 100g (about ? of an apple or orange) is enough to reduce cardiovascular mortality by a third. If you find it a drag to wash and cut fruits. Wash a whole bag and store the fruits in a clean container in the fridge so you can enjoy them anytime, hassle free.

     

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  • Pick Filling Snacks
    4 / 5 Pick Filling Snacks

    Bananas, nuts and legumes contain a resistant starch that acts like fibre to help with blood sugar control, satiety, and digestive health. The starch is “resistant” because it can’t be digested by our small intestine, and scientists believe there are still more benefits to be discovered.

     

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  • Chow Down on Nuts
    5 / 5 Chow Down on Nuts

    Nuts are snack pantry heros. They taste great, are filling, and keep well, and now researchers in Germany are claiming they may fend off cancer too. Lab tests by nutritionists at Friedrich Schiller University Jena revealed that nuts are able to trigger our body’s protective systems, as well as neutralise cancer cells to inhibit their growth. The experts tested macadamias, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios, and this effect was seen in all five varieties. Next up, the scientists will do more testing to see if roasting reduces the healthful qualities.

    Also Read: 6 of the Best Nuts for Your Skin and Health

     

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