Try These 5 Healthy Snack Foods the Next Time You Have Movie Night
Snacking is a part of life. Think about it – when you're bored, when you're watching TV, and when you're hanging out with friends, what do you do? Snack. Snacking too often can lead to weight gain or at the very least trump your weight loss efforts. But don't worry – here are some healthy snacks you can prepare or buy that will boost your health and burn your fat too!
You're on a great fitness and diet plan – but you're guilty of still snacking between meals or when you're out with friends at parties or the movies. You don't have to feel ashamed because it's normal. In fact, 94 percent of Americans snack at least once daily. But 50 percent snack more than once everyday!
If you can't beat the odds, then direct them in your favor! You can snack as many times as you want as long as you're eating the right foods. Dblogged recommends these low-calorie, antioxidant-rich foods. These foods will heal your body, prevent diseases, and won't have enough calories to make you gain weight because one minute of HIIT will burn the few calories you get from these foods.
Chia seeds. Chia seeds melt in your mouth as you munch down on these bite-sized delectable health snacks. One ounce has only 137 calories (compared to 700 calories in a bag of potato chips). They're filled with nutritious minerals and heart-saving omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In fact, in clinical trials, women who took chia seeds experienced cardioprotective effects.
Almonds. Almonds have a deep flavor that almost resembles chocolate. One ounce only has 161 calories. They're rich in heart-protecting omega-3 fatty acids and loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Researchers also found that eating almonds regularly helps protect you from developing diabetes.
Celery. One standard serving of celery has only 18 calories! You can burn that doing 10 to 20 seconds of jogging, depending on your pace. But celery isn't skimpy when it comes to nutrients – that same serving gives you almost half your daily vitamin K and 10 percent of your vitamin A. It's also got fiber, which means it'll make you feel full without carbs. It's not just the stalks that are good for you – researchers found that eating celery leaves can protect your liver from fatty liver disease. And eating celery seeds has been found to help protect your cardiovascular system from hypertension. It's cheaper and healthier to grow your own celery at home because they'll be free of cancer-causing pesticides and other agricultural artificial chemicals. And if this leads to you creating your very own home vegetable garden, Ready Steady Sell (UK) says that such agricultural improvements boost your home's value. In fact, Texas A&M University says that if your home garden is attractive enough, it could improve your property value by 15 percent!
Pumpkin Seeds. One cup of delicious pumpkin seeds has 285 calories, which may be a bit much. But, pumpkin seeds are teeming with health benefits – so the calories are worth it! Eating them regularly can help reverse hair loss. They're also filled with vitamins and antioxidants, which helps ward off many diseases.
Lifesaving Popsicles. This one you'll have to make yourself unless you find a premade product you can purchase. But the time you spend is definitely worth it for this miraculous, tasty ice cream. Blend together one and a half cups of buttermilk, one banana, one and a half cups of berries, and one-fourth cup of manuka honey. Pour the elixir blend into an ice tray and place in the freezer. When it's ready, you'll now have a magenta-colored ice cream that literally heals you from head to toe. Why? Buttermilk is loaded with probiotics, which help you lose weight and boost your immunity. Bananas are loaded with nutrients and electrolytes to keep your nervous system's stores up. Berries are antioxidant-rich, which you know help slow aging and protect your body from harmful toxins. Manuka honey helps heal any inflammation and can help relieve pain. It's also rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Suffice to say, these popsicles lengthen your life rather than the preservative-filled junk food popsicles that only make you fat.
When you're out with friends or watching TV, change up your usual routine and try these healthy snacks in place of your usual favorite junk foods. You may find these actually satisfy you more because your body realizes it's taking in what it needs instead of the junk food that can't satisfy its nutrient needs.