Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My 5 favorite healthy snacks

So I've already posted about all the stuff that I don't eat- which may leave some people wondering, what CAN I eat? My list post from a couple days ago went well- so here's another list: some of my favorite snacks and why they are good for you...

1. Blueberries with full fat cream. Blueberries have a low value on the glycemic index and are loaded with antioxidants. Eat them with a little bit of full fat organic cream- and it is heaven! Heavy cream is also a good source of saturated fat- which contrary to popular belief is GOOD for you! (But that's another post)

2. Nuts. I love to eat almonds, walnuts, pecans, and pistachios. They are high in heart healthy PUFAs and Omega 3s. Avoid, peanuts, though- which are high in MUFAs and toxic molds. They're actually legumes anyways.

3. Kale chips. When I want something crunchy, I make kale chips. Just take some torn up pieces of kale and massage olive oil and salt into them. Then lay them out on a cookie sheet and roast at 300 degrees for about 20-30 min. They are crunchy and delicious. They are also high in Vitamin A! I sometimes add a splash of vinegar before roasting.

4. Greek yogurt with honey. Natural raw local honey is high in sugar, but can be healthful if eaten sparingly. I love a cup of full fat plain greek yogurt drizzled with a little bit of honey. Greek yogurt contains probiotics which can be good for digestion.

5. Smoothies. I make them all different ways. Sometimes it's yogurt, blueberries and milk. Sometimes it's bananas and strawberries. Just don't add any sweeteners. Sometimes, for a boost of protein, I'll add a scoop of whey powder. Also, you can add a handful of baby spinach for some extra vitamins.

1 comment:

  1. I want to try the kale chips. Could you do this with any greens, like chollards, or, at the moment, I went to a Chinese grocery store, and bought European tong-ho. It was one of their cheaper greens. And sorry for commenting so late down the line. I just discovered your blog today and saw your after Whole 30 pics. You've done amazingly well. Take care, Gemma.