Imagine you can choose between two snacks. Both are crunchy and tasty. One of them will make you stronger, happier and fuel your brainpower. The other will make you weaker, slower, and may reduce your immunity.
Which Snack Would You Choose?
Store-bought and packaged snacks, chips, crisps, cookies, and candy are snacks that sap your 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 buds! But they are often full of sugar and chemicals that cause havoc in your body and destroy your health.
The good news is that snacks can be fun and tasty, too, 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 the ideal snack. It tastes great! Also, there are so many different fruits to choose from: Apples, grapes, cantaloupe, 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 is not 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 are open to experimenting, I challenge you to go to a farmers market and try some new fruit that is in season.
Vegetables 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!
Vegetables are the goldmine for nutrition and make for some pretty delicious snacks.
Here are a couple of good things vegetables 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 vegetables like green 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. Vegetables are chocked full of it.
Do you enjoy sweet potato fries?
Here’s a recipe you could try.
Sweet Potato Chips
1 large sweet potato (yam)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Wash the sweet potato and slice it as thinly as possible. Try to keep all your slices the same thickness, so they will bake evenly. Soak them in water for about 10 minutes.
Pat your slices dry and put them in a bowl with olive oil. Toss them with a fork until they are coated.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put a cooling rack on top of it. Lay your sweet potato slices on the cooling rack and sprinkle them with salt (optional). Put the whole tray in the oven.
Bake for 40 minutes to an hour until the chips curl up slightly and turn brown a little. Enjoy!
Remember, the next time you need a snack, reach for something that doesn’t come from a packet and see how you feel after eating it!
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What fruit or vegetable are you reaching for today?