We all know that celery and carrots are healthy snacks, but after a while they can become a bit boring. There are other flavorful and surprisingly healthy snacks and beverages that can satisfy the taste buds.
Green tea gets lots of glory but coffee is a surprisingly healthy beverage. Besides waking you up in the morning in, it lowers your risk for many conditions like: diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, mood problems, headaches and even cavities. Coffee contains chlorogenic acid that may help with sugar metabolism. Coffee has magnesium which aids in glucose tolerance. Medicinenet.com states that “a review of 15 studies on coffee and type 2 diabetes published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who regularly drank coffee had lower risk of type 2 diabetes.”
2. Red Wine
Red wine is considered to be very heart healthy. The alcohol and antioxidants increase the good cholesterol helping to decrease artery damage and heart disease. It can help to reduce the formation of blood clots. While drinking red wine in moderation has health benefits, an excess can cause many health problems. According to the Mayo Clinic “If you already drink red wine, do so in moderation.”
3. Dark Chocolate
If you were searching for a reason to indulge in chocolate here are a just a few. Dark Chocolate has flavonoids similar to those in fruits and veggies. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can improve blood flow and insulin sensitivity, potentially helping to reduce the risk of diabetes. A study in Hypertensionmagazine stated that dark chocolate may reduce high blood pressure. In the same study, the participants reduced their bad cholesterol levels. So enjoy a small portion of dark chocolate daily.
Black, green, white, and oolong tea are a healthy beverage choice. There is some evidence that tea has the ability to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and even bad breath. This calorie free beverage can pack as much antioxidants as veggies or fruits.
Many are afraid of this fruit because they are full of fat. However, most of the fat is heart healthy, monounsaturated fat, the types of fat that can actually lower total and bad cholesterol. Besides having healthy fat, they are full of carotenoids, vitamin E, potassium and fiber. Make guacamole and dip whole wheat pita chips. Mash avocados and spread on sandwiches to replace mayonnaise for a more flavorful and healthy spread.
Popcorn has a crunch appeal that many other healthy snacks lack. It tastes and feels like you are eating junk food. However it is light and contains a high amount of fiber, which helps to keep you full longer. For a tastier treat spray a little fat free butter spray or fat free parmesan cheese. Best of all, a cup of air-popped popcorn has just 31 calories.
This yummy spread is a staple in a Mediterranean diet. The olive oil found in hummus slows digestions and stabilizes blood sugar levels. The Chick peas are an excellent source of protein and fiber which keeps you feeling fuller for longer and more satisfied. Use hummus as a dip or spread it on a sandwich.
Craving something salty? Skip the potato chips and try olives. 5 olives contains are 45 calories. They are rich in vitamin E, minerals, monounsaturated fats, and even antioxidants. They help to prevent cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, constipation, inflammation, early aging, effects of aging and asthma. The Polyphenols found in olives have incredible anti-inflammatory properties. So besides fulfilling your salty snack craving this super snack can help you to look and feel younger.
9. Peanut Butter
While peanut butter has around 94 calories in one tablespoon it is very nutritious. It is very high in protein, containing 25 grams per a 100 gram serving. It is a great source of energy. It has vitamin B3 which helps to raise the good cholesterol. It has vitamin E and bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids help to prevent plaque in arteries.
10.Hard boiled Eggs
A hard boiled egg can be a quick protein packed snack. They are wonderful source of protein and are nutritious to boot. They have vitamin A, D, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, Iron, Zinc, iodine, and selenium. They have almost every necessary vitamin and mineral. Eggs are so full of protein it is the standard that by which other foods are compared. A hard boiled egg has 70 calories.