The Good Snack!

Recently I came across this range of new snacks called the Good Snack , the healthy option! They make a range of snack sized bags that contain a range of different peanuts, chocolate raisins, dried fruit and seed mixes. They don’t contain anything artificial!!

Remember! Snacking is good, you just need to snack good. Meaning… Snacking is not a bad thing in fact it can be better than eating three big meals without snacking and it helps metabolism too, however you need to choose the right food to snack on.

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• Veggie sticks: Celery is a great snack!
• Sliced tomato and feta cheese.
• Piece of fruit
• Yogurt
• Granola bar
• Air popped popcorn
• Egg whites and wholegrain toast.

Evening Snacking!

Do you always find your snacking before bed, sitting watching television and next thing find yourself half way through a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and leaving yourself feeling down and not great!? Well there is a solution!

Snacking is good and healthy and an evening snack can also be a good thing you just need to know the right foods to be snacking on.

Before bed there are snacking no no’s! These include caffeine (unless you plan to be awake all night, avoid the caffeine before bed to ensure you get a good sleep), alcohol, heavy meals (that will leave you feeling full and also contribute to weight gain) and packaged unhealthy snacks that are high in sugar and salt such as crisps and chocolate.

There are many reasons for evening snacking such as dehydration, boredom, low salt or sugar levels, lack of protein or genuinely hungry. Whatever the reason there are certain foods that snacking in the evening wont have you feeling guilty and will ensure you get a good night’s sleep! 🙂

Food’s high in protein are good as they leave you feeling fuller rather than foods high in carbohydrates. If you have evening cravings, first drink a glass of water and if this doesn’t satisfy your cravings small portions of high protein/fibre foods such as a granola bar, yoghurt , fresh fruit, veggie sticks, cereal (with low-fat milk), hardboiled egg, mixed nuts or seeds and plain popcorn are good healthy evening snacks.

So before you go to grab the quickest option to munch in front of the telly, first consider the evening snacking no no’s, try a glass of water and if this doesn’t work try a low-fat, high protein or fibre, small serving size snack, you will be feeling more positive and feeling overall better.

Remember a small change can have bigger benefits! 🙂

Fruit of the Day 4: Apples!! (“)

Apples are probably the most common fruit (or at least the oldest?), however today I decided they were well worth a mention. Apples are packed full of nutrition that provide many health benefits! They are also delicious to taste and come in loads of different varieties’ :)🍎🍏🍎

Apples contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. These minerals aid healthy bones and can prevent the development of osteoporosis which can develop especially in older women.

Polyphenols are also found in apples and have great health benefits such as anti-aging. These polyphenols also have a role in fat management and can help the maintainance of weight or aid weight loss. Polyphenols in apples reduce LDL cholesterol and lower plasma total, therefore help our cardiovascular systems and reduce chance of developing lung cancer and asthma.

An average apple contains approx. 17% dietary fibre. Fibre contains properties that aid digestion and weight loss and also reduce cholesterol and the slow release of energy helps in blood sugar regulation.

Not only are apples good for our bones, cardiovascular system and digestion system but eating an apple could also mean whiter teeth :D, prevent development of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, help prevent development of cancers, diabetes and gallstones, control irritable bowel syndrome, aid towards a healthier heart, boost your immune system and detoxify your liver!

With all these benefits, why wouldn’t you like apples ???

Calorie Counter!

Its hard to count every single calorie you consume everyday. But luckily we have Supertracker to help you along the way!
It doesn’t only have a huge database of food and drinks but it has full nutritional information on each food, therefore you can keep track of every part of your diet!
The great thing about Supertracker is that it is easy quick and will help you to stay on top of health and help you reach your goals. Not only does it allow you keep track of your diet it also keeps track of your physical activity!
Try it yourself and see what you think ———->>>>>>>>>

Supertracker

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/supertracker-tools/supertracker.html

FRUIT OF THE DAY : 2

Feeling peckish?

Don’t know what u want?

Why not try eating a ….

GRAPEFRUIT!

An average grapefruit is made up of 73% Vitamin C, which boosts our immune system, lowers cholesterol and reduces the chance of developing any disease or illness.

Grapefruit also contain fat burning properties and research has proven that eating just half a grapefruit before each meal can stimulate weight loss.

This low calorie fruit is perfect for breakfast, lunch, a snack or any other meal you fancy!

 

Tip: Why not try grapefruit juice with breakfast!

Healthy Dinner Suggestion: Two

CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA

Approx 1 and 1/2 cups = 329 calories

• Cook 105g of lean chicken breast (3 servings). Season with cajun spices, 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 onion, clove garlic, 1/2 tablespoon of flour, 1/2 can of crushed tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of reduced fat sour cream.
•Add 113g of whole wheat fusilli

•Chicken is a rich source of protein which is responsible for every body cell function (each 35g serving contains nearly 11 grams of protein).

 Chicken also contains B vitamins which help reduce the chance of age related diseases, contribute to a healthy immune system, assist the completion of metabolic reactions and help regulation of insulin.

 Chicken has high phosphorus content which has many benefits to one’s well-being and health.

•Pasta (whole-wheat) is high in fibre which aids the burning of fat in the body during the breakdown process, therefore it can aid weight loss.

 Whole-wheat pasta is full of minerals and vitamins that will help you towards a healthier heart, cardiovascular system and reduce the chance of certain cancer and other diseases.

• After a meal like this you should be left feeling satisfied and not worried on snacking!