Friday, September 19, 2014

Easy High Energy Snacks

The Amazing Body store is all about having an amazing body and has some great tips for high energy snacks! 


For many people, snacks are a time to give into temptation. When you get hunger pangs in between meals, it's all too easy to get a candy bar from the nearest vending machine. Even people who are serious about nutrition sometimes slip up when it comes to their snacking habits. For example, is that "energy bar" you gobble up before your workout really the best way to nourish yourself for an intense exercise session?
There are plenty of healthy snacks. However, there are also snacks that are truly energizing. These are sometimes called super-foods. Let's look at some of your options to keep your energy levels high in between meals and/or for workouts. 
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Nut Butter on Whole Grain Crackers
Nut butters are a fantastic way to consume the protein and omega-3 fats of nuts. When you combine nut butter with whole grain crackers, which will have fewer carbs than bread, you have a truly powerful and satisfying snack. Most people eat peanut butter every so often (if not daily), but there are much more nutritious choices.
Almond butter is one of the best. Almonds are high in protein as well as healthy fats.
Some health food stores have a machine right on the premises where you can grind almonds into almond butter. It's usually next to the peanut butter machine. Other choices include cashew, sunflower and hazelnut butters. Watch out for brands that add sugar. High sugar nut butters are common and should be avoided!
Tuna and Vegetable Salad
Mix some tuna, kale, celery, carrots and (if you like) some onions and top with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Other types of vinegar or lemon juice work as well. This is a high protein snack or small meal that will satisfy you without making you feel weighed down.
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Plain Whole Milk Yogurt With Wheat Germ
While many people opt for low fat yogurt, recent evidence suggests that whole milk dairy products are actually more effective at helping you burn body fat. While the reasons for this aren't yet clear, one thing we can be sure of is that whole milk products are more natural than those where the fat has been removed. In general, health experts have been coming around to recognizing that our bodies need a certain amount of fat, including saturated fats.
Whole milk yogurt, then, preferably plain (organic is best) with some natural sweetener if you need it, is a satisfying snack. Adding a tablespoon full of pure fruit preserves, pure maple syrup or honey can help make it more palatable. To make it more nutritious, add a tablespoon of wheat germ and, if you really want to go overboard, a tablespoon of chia seeds! Chia seeds are a high protein seed that was made famous in the bookBorn to Run, by Christopher McDougall. They can be added to any type of salad, smoothie, cereal or just about any dish for added nutritional value. 
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Avocado Salad
Avocados are one of the healthiest vegetables/fruits (it's technically a fruit) you can eat. They are a source of natural of healthy fats and they are very satisfying as well. Make a salad with one ripe avocado, some olive oil, onion, black or red pepper and sea salt. You can add additional ingredients for flavoring or added nourishment, but that's enough to provide you with a healthy mini-meal all by itself. To add some protein, cottage cheese or feta cheese go well with avocados. 
Healthy Melon Salad
Melons, such as watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew are among the healthiest fruits on the planet. Watermelons, for example, are rich in lycopene, a nutrient that has proven cardiovascular benefits. Combining watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew in a salad provides a real nutritional powerhouse. Strawberries and blueberries make a good substitute or addition to any of the melons. Add some fresh ginger and a few drops of squeezed lemon to complete it. The melons are plenty sweet, but if you add ginger and lemon you may want to add some honey or maple syrup for additional sweetness.
These are just a few healthy and energizing snacks that you can prepare anytime. They do take some preparation, of course. But if you plan ahead and keep the ingredients around, you can prepare them in minutes. You can take them with you in tupperware containers so you'll have something healthy to munch on whenever you need it.

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