Keep these snacks on hand so that you aren’t reaching for junk when hunger strikes. By Ayushi Khandelwal
1. Low-fat popcorn
This is a popular snack that’s healthy if eaten without all the butter. Popcorn is packed with nutrients like iron, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2. It also contains protein and is high in fibre and whole grains, which aid in digestion and formation of new blood cells, while make us feel full at the same time. It’s low in calories and fat, and makes for an idea snack if had in moderation.
2. Dark chocolate
If you have a sweet tooth, this is welcome news. Dark chocolate is a healthier alternative than regular chocolate that’s packed with calories. The dark variety is known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It has anti-oxidants that prevent cell damage and increase your body’s immunity. The healthiest dark chocolate is the one that has the highest cocoa content, and the least amount of sugar. So check the ingredients box before picking up a slab.
3. Fresh fruits
As the adage goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And it’s not just apples that keep you healthy and fit while also satiating your appetite. Fresh and seasonal fruits are a great way to get fibre, which aids digestion, into your diet. Fruits are also packed with nutrients, minerals, and energy boosting properties making them rank higher than packaged snacks on the healthy scale. So remember to take one to work with you today.
4. Low-fat yogurt
Yoghurt makes for a great snack, especially when combined with fresh fruits. The calcium in yoghurt aids in weight loss as it helps burn calories faster. It’s also an excellent source of protein, helps build immunity and rejuvenates cells. Yoghurt is a great option for those suffering from digestive ailments as it has good bacteria that speeds up your metabolism and improves digestion.
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5. Dry fruits
Despite how small they look, these little dried fruits are a power house of vitamins and minerals. They’re also perfect to stash in your office drawer as they don’t get spoiled easy. Dry fruits like almonds contain healthy fats, protein, magnesium, fibre, and vitamin E. These aid in lowering blood pressure and sugar levels. Walnuts are rich in anti-oxidants, while raisins help in the formation of red blood cells.
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These are a powerhouse of nutrients like iron, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, vitamins C and A, and potassium. Dates are also high in fibre and protein. They help in the formation of red blood cells, increase the body’s immunity, lower cholesterol levels, and aid digestion. They’re a great snack when you’re feeling low as they have natural sugars that boost your energy levels. All of these benefits make them a healthy, tasty snack. But a word of caution, they’re only healthy if eaten in moderation. So limit yourself to a handful at a time.
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