I bring you today a quick and easy post about healthy snacks easy to cook, pack and consume!
Before we jump into it, let’s just try to understand why we have these cravings:
Hunger and cravings are two very different things. Hunger is defined as your body telling your brain it needs more calories – it’s not about particular foods, flavour or textures – it’s about survival. The hormone responsible for this is ghrerin that is ultimately driving your appetite. Then you eat and your stomach is full and you should feel… full, right? But then it comes the food menu!
Cravings revolve around psychological hunger more than a physical one, so you can understand that when you feel more stress and anxious you’re more likely to experience food cravings. Same goes to happy memories, or a feeling of reward – you might crave foods that are associated with these emotions.
For more education about this find here.
Fruits are low in calories and fat and are a source of simple sugars, fibre, and vitamins, which are essential for optimizing our health. Don’t forget your 5 portions of fruits and veggies a day!
You need something that gives you a quick, natural burst of energy, fibre, and protein. The answer? Nuts! Almonds are a great source of protein! 1/4 cup of almonds provides about 8 grams of protein while a typical egg only has about 6 grams of protein and walnuts are good for your heart and good for your brain aiding in reducing depression!
The reason why I’m including this here is because I praise by probiotics, and greek yoghurt is packed with it. They’re great to fix any bowel issues and keep you on the good side of your digestive system.
Greek yoghurt is also amazing because of the protein in it. It comes with no surprise that protein is essential for good health. It is vital to cell growth, building muscle, and repairing tissue – hence why we need it as a supplement for our workouts.
We can (and should!) all be eating more hummus. Why? The protein and iron content in hummus helps boost your energy, which could make you more motivated to hit the gym. Turns out the chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and salt mix can do a lot for you, hein?
Salads and leafy greens have a special place in my heart so it’s no surprise I’m including this here. And no – I’m not on a diet, neither am I a vegetarian with “nothing else to eat”. Raw foods mean no major loss of vitamins and live enzymes that can assist with digestion, and I am all up for that! An easy red and green capsicum, any leafy greens, cucumber, red onions and tomatoes and you’re all set!
I really hope you like this post and leave this page more aware and informed,
All the love,