Many consider snacking to be a lack of self-control and a health risk. Truly if your snacks are based on junk food, you are harming your body with every bite. Healthy snacks, however, are a completely different story.
Eating snacks which provide high-quality protein, carbohydrates, fibre and a variety of micro-nutrients between meals can provide you with 4 important benefits:
A greater intake of essential nutrients
Due to our hectic lifestyles and the abundance of nutrient-poor foods around us, most adults do not consume all the protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals that their bodies need on a daily basis to function optimally.
Planning nutrient-rich snacks between your main meals is an easy way to increase your intake of essential nutrients. A healthy snack can be a serving of greek yogurt and dried fruit or celery sticks dipped in low-fat chicken dip or if you are on-the-go, try one of Isagenix’s Chewable Snacks that are packed with vital protein, fibre, potassium, calcium and other nutrients.
A way to prevent and reverse energy slumps
Energy slumps are frustrating. Concentration becomes difficult, work becomes overwhelming and general sluggishness sets in. Most people experience energy slumps in the mid-morning and early afternoon.
A snack full of protein and wholesome carbohydrates can help prevent and reverse energy slumps. The protein and healthy carbs work together to not only increase blood sugar, but also to keep it at a constant level and this keeps our energy flowing. Great anti-slump snacks include peanut butter on whole-grain bread, trail mix with plenty of nuts and dried fruit or Isagenix’s Fibre Snacks, with their generous dose of protein, carbohydrates and fibre.
A way to reduce and satisfy cravings
Hormones, emotions, tiredness and stress can all trigger cravings. These intense desires for sugar, salt, starch and fats are the primary reason why we eat junk food and sometimes give up on losing weight.
Reducing and satisfying cravings in a healthy way is tricky, but it can be done with specially formulated snacks. Isagenix produces a variety of nutrient-rich snacks to combat specific cravings. Whey Thins include cheddar cheese and brown rice and are perfect for those craving salt and fat. Anyone with a sweet tooth will enjoy Slim Cakes with their berries, oats and white chocolate, and if you are specifically craving chocolate, try IsaDelight’s dark or milk chocolate squares.
A sharper memory, improved cognition and focus
As we go through our day, we gradually become tired and neurons deep within our brains decrease their activity. This change in brain function slows cognition and memory, as well as makes it increasingly difficult to focus.
A healthy snack, especially one with protein and beneficial oils, can boost mental alertness and work wonders for a tired body. The next time you are feeling tired and dull, leave the coffee or soft drink where it is and instead dip apple slices in almond butter, enjoy a handful of nuts and seeds or reach for a protein-rich IsaLean Bar, which also has a dairy-free, vegan option.
Considering all the benefits of healthy snacking, what will you be snacking on next?