Healthy snacking improves overall health, curbs cravings, fights weight gain, regulates mood, boosts brain power and gives you the energy you need to keep going all day.
When choosing healthy foods to snack on, always choose the most natural option possible. Try to avoid eating unhealthy processed foods, sugary snacks, and foods high in carbohydrates.
Eating nutrient rich health snacks supports fat loss while maintaining muscle and lowering inflammation. Not only will your energy levels and cognitive function increase, but your hormones and blood sugar will also stay in check.
When preparing healthy snacks, add plenty of colourful vegetables especially green leafy ones, good fats, Organic and free-range lean meat, Poultry, fresh Fish (minimal) and root vegetables. If you’re out and about and want to make some healthy snack choices check out our range of healthy snacks!
Benefits of Healthy Snacks
Increase Nutrient Intake
Eating a healthy snack allows you to add to your intake of essential nutrients. Fruits and vegetables add vitamins A and C, both of which are important for immunity, wound healing and teeth and gums. They also offer fiber for good digestion. Add grass fed meats, eggs or fish to increase protein intake, which is necessary for healthy muscles, skin, cells, and hair. A handful of nuts at snack time adds healthy fats to your diet, which protect your heart and brain.
Control Appetite Curb Cravings
Eating small, frequent healthy snacks can keep your metabolism revved up. Hunger can throw your body into famine mode, which slows metabolism and makes it easier to pack on the pounds.
Paleo, natural foods are satisfying and are packed with the nutrients, fiber, and the protein your body needs, and they guard against sugar highs and lows, so you are less likely to succumb to your sweet tooth and choose the healthier option. Resisting the urge to reach for a burger, candy, or chips when you're hungry can make a big difference to your health.
Weight loss with Healthy Snacks
Anyone who has tried losing weight will understand that it is so much harder to stick to your diet when you are hungry. Avoiding extreme hunger increases the likelihood that you'll pick the healthy snack rather than raid the doughnut box in the break room or overeating at meals. Another key is to keep healthy snacks on hand. The best way to avoid eating food that you shouldn't is to not keep any around. Try preparing some snacks in the morning before you leave the house so you’re ready to make healthy, conscious choices when hunger strikes. If you continue to cut the unhealthy snacks and replace them with nutrient-rich foods you will really start seeing a difference in your energy, mood, and body, making your weight loss goals much more attainable.
Regulate Blood Sugar
After you eat a meal or snack, your blood sugar levels rise and then decrease. If you have too long between meals, you can start to feel tired if your blood sugar levels get too low. While sugary snacks can lead to sugar highs and subsequent energy crashes, healthy snacks promote more sustained blood sugar levels and energy. Healthy, natural, paleo, High-protein or high-fat snacks such as our Purely Natural Coconut Chips, are slow to digest so your blood sugar levels do not fluctuate much. If you are diabetic, just make sure you keep the number of carbs in each snack and meal at the levels recommended by your doctor and include a protein source along with your carbs
Concentration & Healthy Energy Levels
Nutrient-dense foods help you meet recommended intake levels of nutrients and food group servings. Think of food as fuel. Nutrient-poor, sugary snacks like candy bars are like fuel that runs hot and flames out. They give you a quick dose of energy that is followed by a crash that can leave you hungry, grumpy, sleepy, and irritable.
Healthy snacks are more like slow-burning fuel that helps you keep going all day. Having several snacks, a day helps stop that post-meal sleepiness that comes from consuming too much at one sitting. If you include protein in your snack, you'll get that extra mental boost — protein-packed food like fish, meat, eggs, and cheese contain an amino acid that regulates concentration and alertness.
Omega-3 fatty acids are another good nutrient to include in snacks, for your heart as well as your head. Tuna, walnuts, and other omega-rich foods help fight high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as depression and anxiety.
Many of us naturally reach for carbohydrates when we're feeling down because they help lift our mood by boosting the brain chemical serotonin. While processed foods like plain bagels and cookies give a quick high, it's followed by a sharp low. Good-for-you fruit sugars, dairy products, and leafy vegetables help to lift mood and battle tiredness.
Recovery from Exercise
Healthy snacks after exercising can replace your energy stores and speed up muscle recovery. it's important to replenish the glycogen that has been depleted during your exercise. Secondly, eating protein after a workout is a must for a speedy muscle recovery, particularly after weight training. Plus, food contains electrolytes (which are minerals that your neurons need to fire properly), which you lose when you sweat. When you don't eat after a workout, you can end up fatigued and battling low blood sugar. You're depriving your body of the nutrients it needs to help repair itself... If you routinely skip eating after a workout, it will be harder to reach your fitness goals. Ideally, you want to refuel within about 30 minutes of working out to get those energy stores back up. If you can’t eat a full meal right away, have a snack within 20 minutes of your training, then a full meal 3 to 4 hours later.
Healthy Snack Attack Planning
Healthy snacks can help you avoid eating less healthy foods. Adding snacks to your diet won't help you lose weight if you just add them to what you are already eating. Even healthy snacks can lead to weight gain if you eat too much of them, so monitoring your portions should become a habit when you serve yourself snacks. You need to eat smaller meals if you are going to eat snacks between meals. Don't eat snacks out of habit -- only snack when you are hungry. Plan and pre-package snacks into the proper portions, so you have healthy snacks available to grab and go should you need them.