Snack Attack!

22 Sep

Some say you should snack between meals and some say you shouldn’t!

I say if you are going to snack and are tempted by junk food like chocolate or crisps then it is far better to have a healthy snack than those.

Further into your journey of healthier eating you may find you no longer think about snacking. You may be a person who does or does not need snacking and this can change over time.
Most of all don’t feel bad if you have a snack to tide you over until your next meal.
Do you know why you get hungry?
Firstly your body requires fuel to survive, thrive and be active but you are also looking for nourishment.
Have you ever eaten a meal and then you feel hungry soon after? That could be because the meal did not have the nutrients your body required.
Take a look at these snack for some inspiration.

Banana Ice Cream

Hummus

Gluten Free Muesli

Kale Crisps

The others are simply fruit, vegetables or nuts and seeds as you buy them.

It is handy to have snack items at your place of work and in your kitchen for quick nibbles

 

Eat Rainbows

22 Sep

If you see plates of fruit and vegetables of different varieties you will see the beautiful colours.

Each colour food has its own unique nutrients.

 

 

 

Not only are these ideas great for snacks and fast food (not that type) they are pleasing to the eye.

Eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables will help you to receive many vitamins and minerals.

 

Vitamins are micronutrients and unlike macronutrients they are needed in smaller quantities.

The government recommend a MINIMUM daily amount to prevent disease but we need far more than recommended to gain real health benefits. Remember healthy, equal’s fat loss.

Foods that are processed often lose their vitamins and are replaced with synthetic ones. Vitamins you buy in the shops may not be great quality and not even absorbed by the body!

Vitamins come in two categories. Fat soluble and water soluble.

FAT soluble vitamins are easy to remember. ADEK. Vitamins A, D, E and K.

These are not needed every day as they are stored in fat tissue and the liver.

You can find vitamin A in orange and dark green vegetables like butternut squash, carrots, spinach, kale etc.

Vitamin D comes from sunlight and you should allow 20 minutes of skin exposure once or twice a week. Wearing sun cream can mean you may not obtain adequate vitamin D but do not risk burning in the sun, you know the dangers.

Vitamin E is great for skin and can be found in foods like nuts and seeds as well as fruits and vegetables.

Water soluble vitamins are the B vitamins and vitamin C and ARE required everyday.

You will find vitamin C in citrus fruits and lots of vegetables and vitamin B in meat, fish, legumes, nuts and eggs.

You can see how the eating rainbows allows you to get adequate amounts of vitamins from your food.

Lots of foods overlap in vitamins so keep eating a rainbow!

Some individuals will need additional supplements as recommended by a doctor.

 

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