Whether pre or post baby, these 5 snacks will help you to maintain a healthy weight and provide you with the nutrients your body needs.
- Almonds: These nuts are low in calories and packed with protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and also help promote healthy cholesterol. Almonds in their raw form are also slightly sweet, which can satisfy if you have a sweet tooth. Other healthy nuts include, pistachios, walnuts, and cashews.
- Edamame: This preparation of the immature soy bean is a healthy, quick snack that also contains many of the health benefits of soy and tofu-they are high in protein and low in fat, promote a healthy cardiovascular system as they are rich in dietary fiber and omega 3s. The manganese, potassium, and magnesium found in edamame strengthen bones, and the compounds found in edamame promote a strong immune system.
- Banana: this fruit has enough potassium to fuel a light workout and is a great way to curb cravings. They are also high in vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, biotin, and copper. Bananas have a low glycemic index value, which means they have great digestive benefits. Other healthy fruits include: apples, kiwi, blueberries, pineapple.
- Carrots: These root vegetables aren’t just good for the eyes, they have many other health benefits including cancer and stroke prevention, anti-aging–the beta-carotine slows down the aging of cells, acting as an antioxidant, healthy teeth and gums, and cleanses the body by flushing out toxins from the liver and other organs and hastens waste movement.
- Grapefruit: This super-fruit is a great asset to ones healthy snack diet. Grapefruit’s help to lower insulin levels, which makes it easier to lost weight and keep it off. If it’s hard to keep a whole bunch of grapefruits in your refrigerator, you can always try grapefruit juice. However, be careful when buying any kind of fruit juice as many times they are loaded with sugar. Try to stick to juice brands that have the highest levels of fruit juice inside them, and as low levels of concentrated juice as possible.
By Anna Bradshaw