By: Maddie Murcko
It is extremely tempting to reach for the nearest bit of food no matter what it is when you are starving. Though those potato chips taste great in the moment, they can wreak habit on your overall health if they become your go-to snack. So instead of reaching for something unhealthy, choose to eat something that will not only satisfy your hunger, but will also help your overall health. Throughout this little segment, we will discuss certain foods that are delicious, nutritious and fantastic for your body!
Fruits and Vegetables
This is a no brainer. But what you may not know is that pre-sliced and packaged fruit and veggies are just as good as their solid, un-packaged counterparts. Meaning packing a piece of fruit for a mid-day snack is even easier! Some top fruits that are easy to carry to class with you are bananas (a great source of potassium), apples (remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away), chopped melon (has lots of Vitamin A) and mixed berries (blackberries are especially good for you).
Over at the Huffington Post, Mike Roussell, Ph.D. for Shape magazine explains that red bell peppers and carrots are especially good for you (though you really cannot go wrong with any type of vegetable). “These two vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C, which is a key player in the production of collagen (which keeps skin firm) and protects cells from damage caused by free radicals (which can lead to premature wrinkles).” So start chopping up those peppers and carrots, your skin will definitely thank you!
Although a known healthy food, did you know that adding honey and various fruit is not as bad as it may seem? The people over at Woman’s Day discuss how Greek yogurt gives us the calcium we need. Calcium is a very important mineral, not only for strong bones, but for our internal and external health. Another bonus of this delicious food: it is high in protein, another necessity for a healthy life.
Is this a trick? Nope! If you must satisfy your chocolate craving, dark chocolate is the way to go. Ghirardelli’s 60% Cacao Dark Chocolate Squares are highly recommended by Women’s Day since each square is only 55 calories!
Dark chocolate, though it sounds unhealthy, is actually extremely beneficial, especially when it comes to your heart. It has also been shown to reduce stress. So next time you find yourself craving a candy bar, instead reach for a square of dark chocolate your heart, and waistline, will thank you.
Can or Pouch Salmon
Most people know that lean meat, and the large amount of protein it contains, is really good for your skin, but salmon in particular is fantastic. It is recommended that you try to get skinless or boneless salmon so that it is easier to prepare for a quick snack. But why is salmon so good for your health, and especially for healthy, glowing skin?
Well the fish contains high levels of Omega-3’s. This vitamin is what keeps your skin nice and moisturized (and glowing).You need healthy fats, like the kind you get from salmon or avocado, in order for the water to stay in your skin, i.e. moisturize it. Though you can take Omega-3 supplements, why not just whip up some healthy salmon and get the benefits and a full meal.
Adding any of these snacks to your diet will make your skin glow and may even help you lose weight. You will also gain some healthy nutrients in the process. While these are just a few examples of healthy snacks, there are many different options for improving internal and external health. A few of our favorites are strawberries, pumpkin, pomegranates and eggs.
So get creative with these samples, and soon you will find a perfect balance between deliciousness and nutrition!
If you want to read the full article from Roussell from Shape magazine about eating for healthier skin check out this link.