Healthy snacking in my home

Definition of healthy snacks:

Any food believed to be ‘good for you, especially if high in fiber, natural vitamins, fructose, etc. Healthy foods may reduce cholesterol, reduce atherosclerosis and risk of stroke, help control glucose, halt progression of osteoporosis, and reduce the risk of infections, cancer

examples oats, apples, beans, carrots, cranberry juice, fish, garlic, ginger, nuts, olive oil, soy foods, tea, yogurt etc...

And healthy snacks help maintain your energy levels....
Eat snacks from the grains, fruits and vegetables, protein, and dairy groups.
Limit candy, chips, and treats made from refined grains and sugar.....

Why healthy snacks are important:

snacks can give you energy to do the things you need and like to do. Eating small, well-balanced snacks between meals can also keep you from getting too hungry between meals which may lead to eating too much at mealtime.

What kind of snacks should I prefer in my home:

foods from the grain, fruit, vegetable, protein, and dairy groups can make great snacks if you choose healthy options. When you are having grains at a snack, try to pick high fiber, low sugar options as much as possible. Try to include a source of protein at most snacks because protein is a really filling nutrient. Foods such as chips, cookies, and candy are not as healthy because they are made up of unhealthy ingredients such as refined grains and sugars. It's okay to eat these snacks once in a while, but they shouldn't be the foods you usually have for snacks....

Healthy recipe of oats snack *apple cinnamon with oats*

  • chopped sweet apple (1 large)
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)
  • 2 cups quaker oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

directions:
put chopped apple & salt in a large saucepan and add 3 cups water, bring to a boil, then stir in the oats. Reduce heat and continue cooking until oats are tender and oatmeal is thick, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar & cinnamon. Serve hot and enough for 4 persons .....

In this way we can create lots of healthy recipes with the combination of fruits and nuts ....

Contributed By

Chanda Ali - Cooking Enthusiast & Mum
Chanda Ali is a house wife and cooking is her passion. She really likes to try different recipes but always remembers that all recipes should be based on healthy ingredients because EVERY HOUSE WIFE SHOULD BE A NUTRITIONIST, this way she can take of her family.
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