20 May 2016
The kinds of snacks you eat are very important for maintaining a healthy well-being. Eating snacks are often counteractive to the aim of staying healthy. However, not all snacks are bad for you. In fact there are a lot of healthy satisfying snacks you could eat either in between meals or at any time of the day and be guilt free. These are generally termed health snacks.
Here are some easily accessible healthy snacks in Nigeria:
1. Nuts: Whether they are peanuts, walnuts, cashew nuts or a mix, these are amazing snacks to eat in proportion. They add more protein and unsaturated fats to your diet. However nuts are most healthy in their raw unroasted form. Cashew nuts have no cholesterol and they have magnesium for strong bones. Also, Walnut which contains omega 3 fatty acids are good for a low-carb diet. It is important that you purchase a brand of these nuts that are unsalted. Also, you need to be careful because they are very easy to overeat.
2. Corn: Corn is one of the most popular grains in the world and at a particular time of the year, can be purchased almost anywhere in Nigeria. Corns are rich in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. You can eat them in a variety of ways, as popcorn, as sweet corn, roasted corn and boiled corn.
3. Oatmeal cookies: These should not be a part of your everyday diet. However, the right amount once in a while is better than other kinds of candy or cookies. They consist of fibre which other kinds of cookies don’t have. They also consist of minerals: iron which places an important role in formation of red blood cells, strong bones and will protect your immune system. Remember, right quantity and once in a while.
4. Plantain chips: These offer more vitamin A and C which will help with keeping your skin healthy. These vitamins also play a role in low-light vision and will prevent tissue damage. The low sodium in plantain will deter high blood pressure, stroke and kidney damage.
5. Fruits: When in doubt eat fruits, it is that simple. From watermelon, to apples, fruits have been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. People who eat fruit as part of an overall healthy diet generally have a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
NB: Do not throw caution to the wind because they are healthy snacks. They still have to be eaten in moderation and in line with any personal diet timetables.