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Smart snacks that boost your health

by Wendy Martin (follow)
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When you typically think of snack foods, one thing that doesn't usually come to mind is the word healthy.

But there are several ways you can snack without being unhealthy; which is great news when your blood sugar dips in the afternoon or just before bedtime and you're craving just a little something.

Here are a few ideas to help you snack healthier that are a little more exciting than chewing on a celery stick.



soya beans
Edamame beans (soy beans) are great for snacking as they are offer plenty of heart healthy oils. Image: Pixabay Images.


Soy or edamame beans
You'll find them in big frozen bags at most grocery stores and definitely at Asian grocery shops. Adding soy into your diet is not only great for the heart, but they are also low in saturated fat. They contain a hearty does of vitamin E and omega-3 and omega-6 oils which are also a plus for your heart.

Soaked oats
While oatmeal is typically thought of as a breakfast option, oatmeal and oat bran are also great for lowering your cholesterol and are a healthy source of fibre.

Why not soak your whole oats overnight in a bit of low sugar fruit juice, almond milk or yogurt? Throw in a bit of dried fruit or nuts and you have a tasty bircher muesli that can help combat a sweet craving during the day.

Make your own bircher muesli to combat a sweet tooth at any time of the day. Image:


Tuna
Tinned tuna packed in spring water over oil or brine is a great snack as it's rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly believed to be great for your heart. If you want to really make tinned tuna a bit more interesting, add a bit of fresh salsa or lime juice.



tinned tuna
Tinned tuna can be livened up with a bit of lime juice or salsa and makes a healthy and heartier afternoon snack. Image: Pixabay


So next time you feel a little bit peckish, instead or reaching for the salty crisps or biscuits, try one of these healthier options and your body will thank you for it.

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