LEGIT REASONS TO SNEAK A BITE BETWEEN MEALS!
GRAB AN AVOCADO
Snack breaks are usually rife with high-calorie foods full of saturated fat. However, you’re better off with an avocado instead, shares research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. By replacing the unhealthy saturated fat with unsaturated fatty acids from the avocado, you could improve bad cholesterol levels as well as reduce the risk of heart disease. An avocado is as creamy and satiating as any snack, plus its phytonutrients offer your body a bounty of benefits, and you can use it in a variety of ways. Put it on toast with some zatar, mix it with some salad, or make a tasty guacamole.
GO FOR COCOA
You don’t need an excuse to eat some chocolate, but we’re giving you one anyway.
According to a study by Kingston University, the flavanols in dark chocolate help produce nitric oxide in the body, dilating blood vessels and reducing oxygen consumption, factors which supposedly improve athletic endurance. Beetroot juice has the same effect, but dark chocolate somehow seems infinitely more enjoyable.
EAT YOUR FRUITS
Chowing down on fresh fruits have been linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke, and you don’t even need much to enjoy its benefits. A joint study by Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences revealed that
just 100g (around ⅔ of an apple or orange) is enough to reduce cardiovascular mortality by a third. If you find it a drag to wash and cut fruits, wash a whole bag and store the fruits in a clean container in the fridge so you can enjoy them anytime.
PICK FILLING SNACKS
Bananas, nuts and legumes contain a resistant starch that acts like fibre to help with blood sugar control, satiety and digestive health. The starch is “resistant” because it can’t be digested by our small intestine, and scientists believe there are still more benefits to be discovered.