Healthy Snacks for Young & Old

We all have heard by now that we should be having snacks throughout the day to make sure we fuel our body with nutritious food. But how can you choose a healthy snack? And why snacks are important? Today I will reveal few reasons why we should eat snacks and add a recipe of easy snack recipe that everyone – young and old, big and small will enjoy 😉

Why healthy snacks are important?

  1. Increases sustained energy, therefore, helps you to avoid a mid-afternoon crash;
  2. Improves cognitive function which helps with mental capabilities;
  3. Improves mood and helps stay focused, calm and even optimistic;
  4. Improves focus especially the snacks full of antioxidants and healthy fats;
  5. healthy snacks lead to healthy meals and healthy choices;
  6. Provides diverse nutrients;
  7. Reduces and prevents binge eating;
  8. Raises metabolism;
  9. Lowers cholesterol;
  10. Controls blood sugars;
  11. Decreases the chance of diabetes;
  12. Decreases the chance of cardiovascular disease.

And these are only the main reasons, we could probably find even more benefits. But it’s clear that snacks are important for many reasons, now it is essential to figure out what are the healthy snack options. And there are a few. But today I am talking about nut butter and fruit…  According to netdoctor.co.uk:

“Peanut butter is rich in healthy, unsaturated fats which leave you feeling fuller for longer. It also contains magnesium, which fortifies your muscles and bones, as well as potassium, which has been found to lower blood pressure. However, while it does help to control hunger, it is high in calories, so you shouldn’t overindulge.”

Like with everything else, moderation is simply essential. Don’t overdo it. Nevertheless, try these amazing options using best quality nut butter combined with fruit or veg. Trust me – even kids will love them!

Apple with Cinnamon & Peanut Butter

  1. Core apple and cut into 4 slices. Spread each slice with a little peanut butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.

 

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Alternatives:

  • Sprinkle with:
    • sesame seeds
    • coconut flakes
    • chopped nuts
    • pistachios
    • dark chocolate
  • Add:
    • blueberries
    • raspberries
    • grapes
    • dried fruit

I think you figured – use your imagination! Seriously – everything works here 🙂

Bananas with Peanut Butter and Cinnamon

Peel 1 banana, cut in half. Spread a thin layer of your favourite nut butter (I used peanut butter) and sprinkle with cinnamon.

The banana offers quick carbs, and the peanut butter offers a little protein — it’s a match made in snack heaven.

Add any berries or nuts and seeds as explained above to make it even tastier! Room for your creativity!

Ants on the Log

Cut raw celery sticks in half, spread a thin layer of your favourite nut butter and place some raisins. It may not sound too appealing but trust give – give it a go and you will be surprised! The freshness of celery mixed with nut butter creates a perfect marriage!

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These are an amazing option for our little people as well as an adult would go for it! Perfect lunchbox idea or weekend snack to keep everyone going!

Hope you will love it too. Feel free to leave comments below with your options!

Lots of love,

Agne Jonele

Categories: Healthy Body Tips, Recipes
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