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10 Best Power Snacks
Snacks. They’re easy, they’re good, they’re portable, they’re within reach. Snacks. Chips, chocolate, candy, candy bars. They’re good. They’re addictive. But they’re so good, and who doesn’t like opening that wrapper with all that chocolaty, nutty, caramelly goodness. You’ve probably figured out by now that I have a sweet tooth and you’re right. I do. But I can’t justify eating like that every single day. It’s expensive and most importantly eating junk snacks is extremely unhealthy on a daily basis. I’ve noticed that the more junk I eat, the more I want. You can’t, after all, just eat one potato chip, or one chocolate covered peanut. No way. I want the whole bag and then some.
There is a way out. There are better choices to make for snacks, and once you begin to eliminate refined, sugary snacks from your diet, the less you’ll crave them. In fact, I’ve reached the point now, where the junk I used to love is just too sweet, to the point of being nauseating. That will happen to you too when you eliminate refined sugar from your daily diet and instead look for naturally sweet foods that have better nutritional value. The internet these days offers a wealth of cooking and food prep ideas with nutritionally sound foods. And you’ll be surprised to know that some of the old favorites are in those ideas, such as peanut butter, yes peanut butter. I love peanut butter and apple slices, for example, and I scoop up the peanut butter with those apple slices and that combination tastes so good at 4:00 p.m. with a non-fat latte that I don’t even miss that candy bar that left me wanting more. Best of all I’m satiated and that snack holds me until dinner and all it takes is one apple and one teaspoon of peanut butter and it sticks.
10 From GEM can help you formulate 10 easy power snacks that will leave you satisfied and full until your next meal. Here’s how.
1. Peanut Butter and Bananas
PhotoCredit:sarahkayoffman.comA super charged power snack for studying is combining bananas and peanut butter. Bananas are high in fibre aiding digestive health and contain sterol which promotes good cholesterol. As a good source of minerals and vitamins, bananas aid cardiovascular health from their potassium content and help maintain normal blood pressure levels and subsequent heart function. Both satisfying and nutritious, this combination will keep you content until your next meal.