Got the munchies?
The urge to snack can be a sign of real hunger-in which case your body simply requires more fuel-or it can come from a need to entertain your palate with a crunch or munch.
Noshing is often a mindless compulsive act as you watch television or movies or indulge in recreational activities like playing cards, surfing the social media sites or hanging out with friends.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
The best way to stay fit:
If you want to stay fit, the best way to address those cravings is to make healthy, nutritious choices. Opt for these best foods for munchies which are among the most wholesome foods:
Nuts offer lots of nutrition including heart healthy fats, quality proteins and they satisfy the need to have something crunchy.
Almonds, Walnuts or Cashews are very beneficial. Nuts are particularly convenient for on-the-go snacks in the car or at work. A handful helps keep hunger at bay.
Fruits including Apples, Bananas, Oranges and all kinds of berries provide a good balance of vitamins and fiber. These can sate the desire for something sweet and if you want even more taste, add a pinch of cinnamon.
With berries, I suggest finding organic varieties to eliminate harmful effects of pesticides.
In warm weather, I recommend freezing organic grapes and munching a handful of them for an especially refreshing and delicious treat.
If you want more impact, try sliced apples smeared with almond butter for extra protein along with natural fructose.
Raw vegetables offer a crunchy experience along with nutrient-dense benefits.
Sliced carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers, broccoli or cauliflower can give you a delicious pick-me-up that’s infused with very few calories and lots of vitamins and minerals.
To increase your energy and vitality, dip them in cashew butter or almond butter for added protein.
Seeds are another optimal nibble and give you a dietary edge for fitness and wellbeing as they offer healthy fats, protein and lots of micronutrients.
So keep a variety on hand from sunflower seeds, sesame to hemp seeds. Chia seeds are terrific for balancing blood-sugar levels preventing you from feeling hungry.
A favorite recipe is Chia Pudding which is an extremely nutritious snack and helps you feel full.
How to: 2 TBS chia seeds, ½ cup of almond or coconut milk, pinch of cinnamon, a few drops of vanilla extract. Mix together and let sit in fridge for 30-60 minutes to thicken.
5. Hard-boiled eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are an outstanding protein snack and easy to keep available in the refrigerator for a quick fix. Add a little sea salt or Himalayan Pink Salt and you’ve created a tasty, protein/mineral-rich nosh.
6. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is perfect to satisfy a sweet tooth. The flavonoids in dark chocolate are full of anti-oxidants. Cold-pressed chocolates offer the most benefits.
7. Organic popcorn
Organic popcorn is a no-calorie goodie that is satisfying without adding calories. Buy the kind that uses natural ingredients such as sea salt and never use microwave popcorn (most release harmful carcinogens).
A. Cheesy Kale Chips: Tear kale leaves into large pieces and arrange on a baking sheet. Spritz with olive or avocado oil and bake in a 350° oven until crisp. While still warm, sprinkle with grated parmesan.
B. Apple Slices with Faux-Caramel Topping: Simply boil a cup of apple cider down to a syrup and stir in chopped walnuts; drizzle away!
C. Healthy Almost Apple Pie: Slice and peel 3 apples after washing and coring. Place in an oven-safe casserole dish after rubbing the bottom with grass-fed butter or olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon, 3 TBS of honey and finely chopped walnuts. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.
One ingredient rule
A great rule of thumb for nutritious snacks is to choose foods that have only one ingredient: nut, vegetable, fruit. If there are additives, chances are good you’re consuming ingredients that are less than favorable.
When you choose “real” whole food, you deliver vital nutrients that your body craves and you feel energized, healthy and eliminate cravings.
At home, keep a few small-sized plastic containers filled with healthy snack items in your refrigerator so you won’t be tempted to deviate from foods that are good for you.
Keep your home stocked with healthy snack preparations that can carry you through the week. Take packets of these healthy munchies to work or carry them in baggies on the road.
To avoid emotional snacking, try my “Stress-Anxiety Buster” program at WatchFit.
In only 21 days with as little as 10 minutes a day, this plan will train you in practices that integrate mind and body for balanced health and provide you an opportunity create the life you truly deserve.
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