VIDEO: Tips on Healthy Snacks

Trail mix
Look for a healthy mix that includes nuts, seeds and dried fruits; avoid varieties with high-sugar ingredients such as milk chocolate chips and bad fats such as vegetable oil. The dried fruit will provide you with healthy sugars for a quick energy boost, while the seeds and nuts will prevent your insulin level from dropping, giving you a long sustained energy level. For a healthier sweet alternative include dried fruit, shredded coconut and cacao nibs. Be sure to include almonds as well. The monounsaturated fats found in almonds provide energy-boosting essential fatty acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s.

Recipe in video: 2 tbsp Raw almonds, 1 tbsp Raw pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp Raw sunflowers seeds, 1 tbsp Goji Berries, 1 tbsp Cacao nibs and 1 tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut.

The magnesium in yogurt activates enzymes that are involved in the metabolism of protein and carbohydrates giving you an energy kick. This explosive source of energy is best used before physical activity (example: cardio or weight lifting). Choose plain yogurt over the fruit bottom/stirred kind as these tend to be packed with sugar. Missing the fruit? Add your own! I like: 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt, ½ cup fresh raspberries, my trail mix (see above recipe) and a drizzle of agave nectar. Yum!
Energy bars
There are many types of energy bars out there. Some contain mostly protein, whereas others are composed largely of carbohydrates. For a quick boost in energy choose a bar that leans more toward carbohydrates, such as Kashi granola bars, Larabar and Vega Energy and Vibrancy Bar. Bars are an easy on-the-go snack packed with a balance of essential nutrients.

Hummus is a great source of carbohydrates, protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium, and copper. It will provide you with a great energy boost all while being low in fat and calories. Pair it with your favourite raw veggie combo and/or whole grain cracker or pita. 

The information presented here is not intended to replace professional medical care when needed. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner for disease diagnosis, therapy choice, medicine selection and dosage. 


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