Forever fighting hunger pangs or snack attacks? These healthy bites will satisfy and nourish you.
Snacking sometimes gets a bad rap because of all the high-calorie, low-nutrition stuff that’s out there, but if done right, snacking can be good for you. Besides the convenience that snacking offers for those with busy lifestyles, a report by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shares that snacking can be a great way to get in more nutrients or calories if you need it. Of course, the key is choosing your snacks wisely. Here are five that are absolutely worthy of being on your list.
Full of essential vitamins and minerals, nuts can help to lower bad cholesterol, prevent illnesses and even lower your risk of heart disease by 37 per cent. To get the full benefits, eat a variety, but keep your serving to no more than a handful a day as nuts are rather high in calories and fat.
Store a pack of these soya beans in your freezer at all times. They take up little space and can be cooked in a jiffy – simply boil for three minutes in salted water or steam in the microwave. Besides being a low-calorie, plant-based snack, edamame is a good source of protein, fibre and calcium. Japanese scientists also found that the isoflavones in soya beans can help prevent muscle loss.
Believe it or not, popcorn may contain more antioxidants than fruits or vegetables, reports a study presented at a meeting held by the American Chemical Society. Plus, it’s a 100 per cent wholegrain snack that’s full of fibre! Prepare it the healthy way, by adding just a tiny drizzle of oil and a pinch of salt, before sealing it in an airtight bag.
Gut-friendly probiotics in yogurt will help to settle your tummy and reduce bloat. Further, yogurt contains filling protein so just a small amount will tide you over till your next meal. Just be sure to steer clear of flavoured variants and go for plain yogurt without added sugar.
Fruits are high in nutrition and energy, but the fresh kind is a little hard to carry around (and heavy) if you’re always on the move. All Kurma’s Springdale Cottage collection of dried fruits comes in resealable packets that you can easily pop in your bag for snacking at any time of the day, with no fuss or mess.
The range includes premium-quality dried fruits such as cranberries that help reduce your risk of illnesses and heart disease, jumbo golden raisins which reportedly have the highest vitamin C content and antioxidant and phenolic activity among raisin varieties, as well as figs, apricots and prunes which are high in fibre and essential minerals, and guard against inflammation and free radicals.
The collection also carries delicious tropical ingredients like coconut, mango which is good for your hair and skin, and guava which shows promising results for infections, pain, and even cancer. These dried fruits are delicious on their own, but you can also use them as toppings for yogurt or cereal, add them to bakes and salads, or even incorporate them into stir-fry and rice dishes for a fruity twist.
To support your healthy lifestyle, All Kurma carries other good-for-you snacks including nuts, grains, seeds and dates, some of which form part of the Springdale Cottage collection. All products are processed with little to no preservatives, and suitable for vegans, vegetarians as well as those on the Paleo diet.
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