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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Having A Snack Attack? Here Are 5 Snacks That Are Actually Good For You!

Healthy Snacks

Snacking is one habit that causes many people to gain weight. Snacking is really just a craving and not hunger. But it affects most of us. So, instead of trying to resist the urge, feed it, but with the right kinds of snacks. Here are 5 great snack ideas that are good-tasting and good for you.Apples

#1 - Apples - Most snack attacks are for something sweet, and what better way to satisfy the sweet tooth than with a sweet, juicy apple. Apples have pectin which helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and antioxidants that can help prevent hardening of the arteries and other cardiovascular diseases. Apples are great for the heart!

#2 - Garbanzo beans - also known as chick peas, this snack has antioxidants, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, it is a good source of fiber. A regular diet of beans and other legumes can lower your risk of coronary heart disease by 22 percent.

#3 - Nuts can lower your risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 37 percent. Almonds are particularly good because they contain fiber, vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium. Magnesium and potassium are important nutrients for healthy blood pressure. Almonds also are a good source of monounsaturated fat that is linked to healthier hearts. Second to almonds are walnuts.

#4 - Blueberries are rich in manganese and vitamins C and E, they can lower bad and raise good cholesterol, and they help maintain lower blood pressure. It doesn't matter whether the blueberries are fresh or frozen, so you can eat them all year long for better heart health.

#5 - Grapes are also great for the heart, rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and flavonoids. They have anti-inflammatory benefits, which means it keeps cardiac problems under control and blood pressure from getting out of control. The anti-inflammatory benefits can also help with arthritis.

It's a good idea to keep these snacks bagged up and ready to go. This makes is just as easy to grab a healthy snack than a snack that is loaded with calories, fat and sugar.
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