Imagine you can choose between two snacks. Both are crunchy and tasty. One of them
will make you stronger, happier and fuel your brain power. The other will make you
weaker, slower and more reduce your immunity.
Which Snack Would You Choose?
Store-bought and packaged snacks, chips, crisps, cookies and candy are snacks that
sap your power despite our thinking they boost energy with a “sugar high”. It can be
hard not to choose them. They are fun, and hit the taste sensors! But they are often full
of sugar and chemicals that cause havoc in your body and destroy your health.
The good news is that snacks can be fun and tasty too while still being healthy. Even
better, they are full of vitamins and other great things you need for a strong body and
mind that ages gracefully.
Fruit is a the ideal snack. Firstly, it tastes great! Also, there are so many different fruits
to choose from: Apples, grapes, cantaloupe, raspberries… There are even fruits you’ve
probably never heard of or tried, like star fruit, durian and jackfruit.
When you eat fruit for a snack, you can count on it giving you energy. This is because
fruit is made of natural sugars. Natural sugar isn’t like the chemically laden bad sugar
that can give you cavities. Fruit’s sugar is like nature’s energy reserve created
specifically for your body.
Fruit is also full of vitamins such as:
Vitamin C (boosts your immunity)
Vitamin A (increases eyesight and skin health)
If you aren’t crazy about the fruit you’ve tasted so far, head to the farmers market and
try some new fruit that is in season.
Veggies can be hard to love because on their own they can seem bland and tasteless.
But did you know that there are more than 400 different kinds of vegetables? Surely you
can find a handful you like in all of those!
Veggies are the goldmine for nutrition and make for some pretty delicious snacks.
Here are a couple of good things veggies have plenty of.
Protein is what your body is made of—your muscles and your hair. You need it to
grow. And you can get it by eating veggies, like beans and broccoli.
Fiber keeps everything inside your digestion in check and your body working like
it should. It also helps you to feel full. Veggies are chock full of it.
Did you know you can make fries with sweet potato?
Here’s a recipe you might want to try.
Sweet Potato Chips
1 large sweet potato (yam)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Wash the sweet potato slice it as
thinly as possible. Try to keep all your slices the same thickness so they’ll bake evenly.
Soak them in water for about 10 minutes.
Pat your slices dry and put them in a bowl with the olive oil. Toss them with a fork until
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put a cooling rack on top of it. Lay your
sweet potato slices on the cooling rack and sprinkle them with salt. Put the whole tray in
Bake for 40 minutes to an hour until the chips curl up a bit and just turn brown a little.
So, the next time you need a snack, remember to reach for something that doesn’t
come from a packet and see how you feel after eating it!
What fruit or vegetable are you reaching for today? Comment below!