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Health Snacks

1. Avocado

Avocado is a very ‘in-vogue’ food right now, which finds itself in an awful lot of Instagram pictures. Avocado is so popular partly because they’re healthy, but partly because they’re delicious being smooth, rich, and creamy.

It’s the health benefits we’re interested in right now though, which predominantly come from the healthy saturated fat that will boost your absorption of other nutrients, lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol and provide you with a form of energy that is released gradually throughout the day. It’s great when something this delicious also happens to be good for you!


2. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains some sugar and calories. It can lead to weight gain if you eat too much.

But in terms of the nutritional benefits, dark chocolate is a fantastic healthy snack and is certainly a better alternative to consuming regular chocolate which has all the sugar and calories and few of the advantages.

Dark chocolate is a source of epicatechin, a substance that causes vasodilation – widening the blood vessels and helping blood and oxygen to reach the brain and muscles.

On top of that, it can support muscle growth, and much more!

3. Apples

Apples are another source of epicatechin, as well as a great source of fiber as long as you eat them with the skin on.

Best of all though, apples are high in vitamin C – which is a vitamin that is an antioxidant (meaning it fights cancer) and which can also boost your energy levels and greatly enhance your mood and even your ability to sleep by raising the amount of serotonin in your system.

Of course, vitamin C is also well known for its ability to boost the immune system, thereby preventing colds and other issues.

As they say, an apple a day can keep the doctor away!

4. Eggs

Eggs are among the most nutritious foods in the world. The original superfood and the friends of bodybuilders all over the world.

Eggs are so beneficial because they are one of the few ‘complete proteins’. That means that they contain all of the essential amino acids that the body needs to build its tissue, repair muscle, and heal wounds. This is only true if you eat the white and the yolk, however.

On top of that, eggs are also a good source of healthy fats, which can help to improve cholesterol levels (contrary to what was once thought) and raise testosterone.

Finally, eggs are also rich in choline, which is a natural precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and which can boost memory, focus, energy, and even maybe creativity.

5. Tuna

Tuna is another great snack for those that want to pack on some muscle thanks to its status as a relatively lean source of protein. This can be used to rebuild and repair muscle, without adding lots of fat at the same time.

But the big benefit of tuna is the omega 3 fatty acid. This is a fat that can increase cell membrane permeability, by being incorporated into the cell walls.

This has a lot of beneficial effects, one of which is to allow those cells – including neurons (brain cells) – to communicate more readily.


6. Salmon

Salmon is another great source of lean protein and other fish.

It’s also another great source of omega 3! That means you can improve your brain health again but it also allows you to lower your inflammation.

Inflammation is caused at least partly by an imbalanced omega 3:6 ratio. Omega 6 is good for us too, but when you get too much of it, it causes inflammation, leading to arthritis, brain fog, and even depression.

When you increase omega 3, this helps to fix that ratio, resulting in profound health benefits.

7. Carrots

Carrots are a great healthy snack because they are very easy and convenient to eat raw and because they provide a host of benefits.

They are low in calories and also a form of complex carb, meaning that any sugar is released slowly throughout the day rather than in one sudden surge. This in turn prevents that sugar from being stored as fat.

Carrots also provide a lot of beneficial nutrients, which include lutein – recently shown to improve energy levels, fat burning, and even brain plasticity.


8. Mushrooms

Mushrooms can provide us with a ton of health benefits and they make a great healthy snack, especially when friends and eaten on bread.

Alternatively, they can be used as an alternative to bread for a sandwich if you use them to package salad leaves, etc.

Mushrooms are a great source of protein and they are also high in various minerals and vitamin D. Vitamin D can boost our mood, improve sleep, and even aid energy levels.


9. Celery

Celery’s big advantage is the fact that it won’t add to your calorie total by much at all. Celery is very low in calories and in sugar, being made mostly of water.

This enhances its health benefits for starters: most of the population spends much of its time dehydrated and this can cause a wide range of unwanted effects, including headaches (caused by the brain literally shrinking and pulling away from the skull!), cracked skin, dehydration and more.


10. Oranges

Like apples, oranges are a fantastic source of vitamin C (among other nutrients) which can help to improve the immune system, prevent the onset of colds, boost the mood by elevating serotonin, and much more.

Increasing vitamin C is something that many of us will feel an immediate benefit from increasing our intake of vitamin C and might find that it elevates our energy levels, mood, and much more.

All things that the vast majority of us can benefit from!

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