Sometimes it is easier to grab the processed bag of junk food than it is to Google the ingredients for a healthy snack. However, eating healthier can lead to a better mood and increased energy.
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So you may be asking yourself, how can I make a healthy snack? It is easier than you think to whip up a meal or snack that includes nutritious foods. Here are some quick and delicious ideas that will leave you healthier and happier:
- Try making a healthy smoothie of bananas, hemp seeds, raw cacao powder and hemp/almond milk for a hefty dose of magnesium, serotonin, protein and omega-3 fats.
- Toast up some sprouted grain bread and top it with avocado slices, a squeeze of lime or lemon juice and pair it with steamed spinach.
- For a tart but tasty smoothie, blend together strawberries, Camu Camu extract, half of a banana, some water or juice and a tablespoon of chia seeds.
- Brew some green tea and refrigerate it overnight (or you could try purchasing Trader Joe’s Pomegranate and Blueberry Iced Green Tea or other iced green tea), and add some chia seeds and frozen blueberries in place of ice cubes. Allow the drink to sit for a bit and the chia seeds will form a “gel” and you will have a satisfying, nutritious and detoxifying beverage.
- For breakfast, cook up some rolled or steel-cut oats and top with fruit, nuts and milk or a milk alternative. I like to top mine with raspberries, ground flaxseed, almond milk and cinnamon (a potent spice for maintaining normal blood sugar levels!)
- For a protein and folate packed dinner or lunch, cook up some veggie chili with beans or lentils, adding in as many veggies as you can and maybe some quinoa for some more magnesium and protein and topping it with sliced avocado.
Olivia Clancy is devoted to healthy living for both mind and body. She lives in Madison, WI.