Have you ever wondered why you get more fat in the winter season? Well okay… Maybe the long sleeves and the long trousers make you feel more convenient with your body… Some people might also say that they are more hungry or the freezing cold outside burns more calories and stuff like that. Although we will discuss these “excuses” in another post, I believe that with a good organization and some healthy snack choices you will be able to control your hunger in the winter’s cold.
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1. Almonds and dried cranberries: As you may already know almonds are good source of protein and healthy fats and also valuable nutrient sources of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. From the other hand, dried cranberries are source of flavonoids, vitamins B and C. Eating a handful of almonds combined with cranberries can be a healthy snack,that will satisfy your cravings.
2. Banana and Peanut Butter: Banana is a tonic fruit, and because of containing tryptophan affects serotonin levels of the organization, offering better mood. It is a good source of vitamin A & C, potassium and iron. Peanut butter is a controversial choice, because of the enriched fat-calories it contains. However, from a different point of view these omega 6 fats and GLA are beneficial to our health.
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3. Apples in the micro: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. The apple is a good source of fibers (3-5gr, especially unpeeled) and pectin, which give the feeling of saturation. It is also a source of vitamins, such as A & C and other antioxidants. Put slices of apple in a bowl in the microwave with a touch of cinnamon and you will have a perfect, hot, yummy snack. (WARNING its really hot when it comes out of the microwave).
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4. Celery sticks with Cottage Cheese: Celery is rich in riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, fibers, potassium and manganese, as well as vitamins A, C and K. The fact that it is so low in calories makes you able to eat 3 or 4 large sticks topped with low-fat cottage cheese. That’s why this choice may be pronounced as a “high-fiber & low-calorie snack”.
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5. Crackers with Turkey and Avocado: It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and has a protective effect on the heart, since it reduces the total cholesterol. You can combine it easily with a cracker (my choice is Wasa crackers) and a slice of turkey, and you will make the perfect snack with protein, good fats and carbohydrates.
By Anastasia Kyrili
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