Snacking is often times unavoidable. In reality, it shouldn’t be avoided. Snacking can actually be a good thing, especially between meals to keep the metabolism at a high level and to avoid overeating at the next meal. As for what to eat, that’s the more important issue. Here are a few easy foods that will keep your stomach satisfied without putting your health on the sidelines. Also, don’t be afraid to add some spice to these items by combining or adding other healthy ingredients.
Nuts are a great protein and healthy fat source. Always go for raw and unsalted and take quantity into account. They can be high in cholesterol and fat so limit intake to a small handful daily.
Avocados are high in mono and polyunsaturated fats and glutathione – which blocks intestinal absorption of saturated fats that can cause oxidative damage. Once again, all fatty foods should be in moderation. But, also remember that fats are essential to our health; they cover the outside of cells, transport nutrients and vitamins, and are an essential energy source.
With high antioxidant properties and a good source of bromelain (anti-inflammatory enzyme), pineapples can be a great sweet tooth craving. As with all fruits, only eat them earlier in the day or before activity as this high energy source food will provide instant energy.
Being a great source in protein and calcium, cottage cheese can be a great afternoon snack. Opt for the fat-free versions to avoid excess fat and calories.
Another great source of protein and calcium, greek yogurt is also simply delicious. Add fruit into your snack earlier in the day for increased energy or try it plain at night for a low sugar, high protein snack.
Whether it is in powder, bar, or drink form, whey protein is great for the muscles and recovery. It is high in BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) that help build and repair muscle tissue. Great snack for anytime of the day or post workout.
By Sean Spire – a fitness professional, specializing in athletic development, weight loss, post-rehabilitation, and the geriatric population. With a degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University where he was a scholarship athlete in swimming, he currently resides in South Florida where he pursues his passion – helping people live life the way it is meant to be lived. More articles and tips can be found on Sean’s blog – http://www.aspirefitnessandhealth.com/
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