Healthy snacks are not only beneficial to curb hunger pains in between meals, it’s also a great way to get needed nutrients as well as watching your weight.
Now I know that sounds hard for some but healthy snacks doesn’t have to be something we dread.
In fact accord to research Americans like to snack just as much as they want to loose weight.
According to the USDA we are in fact consuming less nutrients and gaining weight by the way we are snacking.
However I strongly believe that if done correctly snacking can be delicious as well as well as provide our nutritional needs.
Eating snacks with the right ratio of nutrients, with the right calories, will help keep you body energized and help you lose weight.
Protein (plus exercise) fuels the growth of lean muscle mass, which boosts metabolic rate and increases calorie burn.
Fiber, meanwhile, helps improve digestion and keeps you from binging on fats and sugars.
So while there’s no food that will literally “burn fat” while you eat it, smart choices with these ingredients will help your body operate at maximum efficiency to burn body fat as well as maintain lean body muscle.
Before you start to feel worried that all your going to be snacking on is vegetables, ill point out that even certain chocolates can not only be delicious but also nutrient valuable.
So I went through the top healthy snacks I could find and listed them below.
6 Easy Healthy Snack Ideas worth Knowing About
If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then not only is it tasty but also nutritious.
In fact dark chocolate is considered as healthy snack because contains a decent amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals.
A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains over 11 grams of fiber.
Yes 11 grams, which hands down is a great in-between meals snack that can have multiple uses if you get what I mean.
Dark chocolate also contains over 67% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for Iron, as well as 58% of the RDA for Magnesium, 89% of the RDA for Copper, and as well as 98% of the RDA for Manganese.
Dark chocolate also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce Nitric Oxide, which is a gas.
One of the functions of nitric oxide is to send signals to the arteries to relax, which lowers resistance to blood flow and therefore reduces blood pressure.