Posted by Now Yoga on Feb 13, 2015 under

A healthy living plan includes sensible eating habits, regular exercise, and stress-reduction interventions like yoga and meditation.

Do snacks have a place in your diet?  Research indicates that yes, indeed, they do.

Healthy snacks are a key component to an effective weight management plan.  They bridge the gap between regular meals, filling you up with protein, fibre and other nutrients and satisfying your hunger so that you are not tempted to binge. They are particularly helpful during wintry weather when you tend to spend more time indoors, fail to exercise as you usually do, and watch the weight creep in.

What are some of the best light nutritious snacks to tame your hunger?

Choose from food groups like vegetables and fruits, seeds and nuts, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.  Enjoy slices of banana, apple, raspberries, or kiwi. Graze on almonds, walnuts, pecans, edamame, or sunflower seeds. Eat some whole-grain low-fat pretzels and crackers. Savour the subtle flavours of cheese and the clean taste of yogurt.

With a little planning, you can prepare healthy snacks that seem luxurious and indulgent without actually being so by mixing and matching food from these groups. Indulge your sweet tooth with very little guilt by spreading a teaspoon of peanut butter on wheat bread toast, adding some banana slices, and drizzling with a little honey. Snack on a sumptuous bowl of lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, raisins, some onion slices for added spice – all topped with a flavourful vinaigrette dressing. Spice up a combination of nuts – cashews, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, with black pepper, cayenne, and chilli flakes and enjoy them toasty and warm from the oven. Combine a variety of dried fruit – apricot, raisin, banana, apple, and even the exotic mango and pineapple, with some nuts and seeds for your own version of highly flavourful and nutritious trail mix.  Make a filling of feta cheese, green and black olives, and sun-dried tomatoes and top some pita bread with it. Add tuna to a choice mix of salsa and scoop with low-fat crackers.

 

A healthy diet – or a healthy life, for that matter, need not be boring. Get the lowdown on how to live a happy healthy life.  Log on to nowyoga.net.

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