Best Foods for a Healthy Snack

Everyone loves to snack. However, nowadays junk foods are so readily available causing more and more people to snack on them. Not only can these foods increase your risk of cavities, junk foods can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health conditions.

When choosing your meals and snacks, it is important to drink plenty of water and to eat from the five major food groups: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins and dairy foods. This can help keep your body fueled while maximizing your energy. Here are some of my favorite healthy foods that you can start enjoying today:

Avocados

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Avocados are called superfoods for a reason. Not only are they tasty, they are also super healthy! Avocados are filled with loads of nutrients; including healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, proteins and antioxidants. Because of this, avocados are great for building lean muscle and burning fat. The best part is, you can eat them with almost anything!

Don’t think so? On top of making guacamole, you can put them in salads, sandwiches, tacos, burritos, and more.

You can even eat them plain with a spoon. They’re delicious either way.

Celery

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What’s not to like about celery? This crunchy vegetable is an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and dietary fiber. All of this makes celery a great choice for those trying to lose weight and stay hydrated. On top of that, you can actually burn calories just by eating it! (As long as you don’t mix it it with something else).

If that is not enough, celery is also known as a ‘detergent’ food because it can help clean your teeth and mouth as you eat it.

One of my favorite ways to eat celery is by simply dipping it in peanut butter. Not only is this a low calorie snack, it also satisfies your appetite. Try to look for a peanut butter that has no added sugar or oils.

Or, you can just eat it plain as a side to your main dish!

Almonds

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Almonds are considered one of the healthiest nuts out there. One of the major health benefits of almonds is their ability to reduce cholesterol. But, almonds are also proven to prevent heart disease, control blood sugar, help with weight loss, prevent tooth decay and more.

People have become very creative with their use of almonds. Whether it be in almond milk or in almond butter (as a peanut butter alternative), people love finding ways to use them.

Personally, I like keeping a jar of unsalted almonds in my kitchen so that I can casually snack on them whenever I walk by.

Coconuts

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Just like almonds, people have become very creative with their use of coconuts.

Since I’m a huge fan of coconuts, I try to eat it in any form possible. For example, I use coconut oil almost every time I am cooking. On my way home from the gym, I mix my protein with coconut milk. I even have a glass of coconut water every now and then.

As you can see, I wasn’t lying when I said I was a huge fan of coconuts. And I’ll show you why.

Numerous studies have shown the healthy benefits of coconuts. Coconuts have been proven to support your immune system, improve good cholesterol, prevent kidney disease, promote healthy hair/skin and more!

What really made me a fan of coconuts is the benefits in coconut oil. Many people I know are opposed to using coconut oil because of the fat content. However, research has recently shown that these fats are actually good for you and that they are easier to digest than other fats we normally consume.

One of the amazing benefits of coconut oil is its ability to fight against alzheimer’s disease. This is because when the liver digests the fat in coconut oil, it creates ketones which can be used as an alternate energy source for the brain. Since the brain of alzheimer’s patients loses the ability to supply its own energy, this alternate energy source could help repair the brain.

Other benefits of coconut oil include its ability to prevent heart disease, reduce arthritis, improve memory/brain functioning and more!

If you have any heathy foods or snacks that you would like to share, please leave it in the comments!

Sources: Dr. Axe, Daily Mail, Princeton Restorative & Implant Dentistry LLC, Web MD

 

Dental Secrets is providing this information for informational purposes only. Please consult a dentist or health advisor for questions. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete or up to date.

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