Grab and Go Super Foods

by Kimberly Hays | October 22nd, 2012 | Diet Strategy, Superfoods

Everyone is super busy these days. Because of that, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Nutrition is what fuels our bodies to be able to keep up our hectic schedules. Incorporating super foods that are easy to grab on the go are a great way to get that needed fuel for our bodies.

Apples – Apples contain a lot of antioxidants, especially in the peel. Studies have proven that people who enjoy apples frequently have a lower risk of lung disease and asthma.

Whole Grains (Crackers & cereal) – Whole grains are a great source of fiber, and they also keep you feeling full longer. Look for 100% whole grain crackers or dry cereal, and just toss in a sandwich bag for snack time.

Bananas – Bananas are a super fruit. They are high in potassium that will help lower blood pressure. They are also a great source of vitamin B6, which helps lower bad cholesterol.

Citrus Fruits – Citrus fruits, such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes, are good sources of vitamin C. They also give us fiber, and limonoids, which are phytochemicals that studies show may lower cancer risk.

Grapes – We have all heard about the benefits of red wine, but studies are now showing that the grapes are where the benefits come from. They are antioxidant powerhouses and low in calories. The antioxidants protect the heart, and also fight cancer.

Nut Butters – Nut butters, such as peanut butter and almond butter, are very high in antioxidants. They also contain cholesterol lowering fats. Smear some on crackers or take along to dip your fruit in for a healthy snack.

Popcorn – Popcorn is a great source of fiber. You can also have a few cups without feeling guilty; you’ll just need to skip the butter. To add flavor, sprinkle some of your favorite spices and munch away!

Dark Chocolate – Chocolate? Yes, please! Dark chocolate contains tons of antioxidants and flavonoids that are good for the heart, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. It has to be dark chocolate, and you also can’t go crazy eating it. You will have to limit yourself to one ounce per day.

Trail Mix – I am not referring to the trail mix you buy in the store that has all the candy, sugar, and other ingredients that will pack on the pounds. Make your own trail mix with whole grain crackers, popcorn, dried fruit, and dark chocolate chips. You’ll get a combination of benefits such as fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. This is great for when you are having a craving for a salty and sweet combination.

Raw Veggies – The old standby is still a great choice. Mix it up with several veggies, such as carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, or peppers. Wash them and then cut into strips. Enjoy the fresh taste when you need a snack that will fill you up with fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

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