Imagine you can choose between two snacks. Both are crunchy and tasty. One of them will make you stronger, happier and fuel your brain power. The other will make you weaker, slower and more, reduce your immunity.
Which Snack Would You Choose?
Store-bought and packaged snacks, chips, crisps, cookies and candy are snacks that sap your energetic & power despite our thinking they boost energy with a “sugar high”.
It can be hard not to choose them. They are fun, and hit the taste sensors!
But they are often full of sugar and chemicals that cause havoc in your body and destroy your health.
Ya, I know – who wants to hear that?
The good news is that snacks can be fun and tasty, while still being healthy. Even better, they are full of vitamins and other great things you need for a strong body and mind that ages gracefully.
Fruit is a the ideal snack.
Firstly, it tastes great!
Also, there are so many different fruits to choose from: Apples, grapes, cantaloupe, mango, raspberries… There are even fruits you’ve probably never heard of or tried, like star fruit, durian and jackfruit.
When you eat fruit for a snack, you can count on it giving you energy. This is because fruit is made of natural sugars. Natural sugar isn’t like the chemically laden bad sugar that can give you cavities. Fruit’s sugar is like nature’s energy reserve created specifically for your body.
Fruit is also full of vitamins such as:
- Vitamin C (boosts your immunity)
- Vitamin A (increases eyesight and skin health)
If you aren’t crazy about the fruit you’ve tasted so far, head to the farmers market and try some new fruit that is in season.
Veggies can be hard to love because on their own they can seem bland and tasteless.
But did you know that there are more than 400 different kinds of vegetables? Surely you can find a handful you like in all of those!
Veggies are the goldmine for nutrition and make for some pretty delicious snacks.
Here are a couple of good things veggies have plenty of.
- Protein is what your body is made of—your muscles and your hair. You need it to grow. And you can get it by eating veggies, like beans and broccoli.
- Fiber keeps everything inside your digestion in check and your body working like it should. It also helps you to feel full. Veggies are chock full of it.
Speaking of veggies!
Did you know you can make fries, yummy crispy totally delicious fried, with sweet potato and beets?
Who knew? (ok I did!)
Here’s a recipe I’m sure you will want to try!
Sweet Potato & Beet Chips
- 1 large sweet potato (yam)
- 1-2 large beets
- 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Wash the sweet potato & the beets and slice it as thinly as possible. Try to keep all your slices the same thickness so they’ll bake evenly.
Ok, I like to use my Mandolin to keep them thin and of consistent width. You could also just use a potato slicer ;-).
Once sliced, soak them in water for about 10 minutes.
Pat your slices dry and put them in a bowl, toss with the olive oil until well coated.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or I LOVE this new reusable parchment paper that I just discovered, and I LOVE!) and put a cooling rack on top. Lay your sweet potato slices on the cooling rack and sprinkle them with just a wee bit of salt.
Put the whole tray in the oven.
Bake for 40 minutes to an hour until the chips curl up a bit and just turn brown a little.
So, the next time you need a snack, remember to reach for something that doesn’t come from a packet and see how you feel after eating it!