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Three energizing snacks to power you through your day

Monday, February 06, 2012 by: Danna Norek
Tags: healthy snacks, almond butter, recipes

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(NaturalNews) Most typical snacks are comprised of foods that have very little nutritional value and provide only short bursts of energy. They may satisfy your hunger for an hour, then leave your blood sugar bottoming out and your mind feeling confused and inefficient when they wear off.

However, if you choose the right foods you can experience increased and sustained energy levels and an improved ability to focus and concentrate. The following snack ideas will provide real nutrition to power you through your day in body, mind and spirit.

Crunchy almond butter on celery sticks

Almonds are a nutritional powerhouse of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, iron and magnesium among other important nutrients. Fiber combined with omega-3 fatty acids is a recipe for hours of satisfaction since both fuel the brain and body for long periods of time. If you cannot find a crunchy brand of almond butter, simply crush your own almonds and mix them in.

Celery is not only low in calories but also high in fiber which fills the stomach and provides hours of satiety. It contains a small amount of calcium, vitamin B6 which contributes to high energy levels, folate, vitamin K and vitamin C among other important vitamins and minerals. This snack will keep your blood sugar levels optimal for hours.

Chopped walnut, apple and cinnamon "salad"

Apples are excellent snacks on their own. They contain a ton of fiber in the form of pectin, which is a filling fiber with numerous health benefits. They also contain vitamins C, polyphenols (potent antioxidants), vitamins A, E and K and only about 60-80 calories depending on their size.

Chopped walnuts are added for satisfying protein, omega-3 fatty acids and a variety of antioxidants in the form of phenols, vitamin E and flavonoids. These nutrients combine to create a powerful source of sustainable energy.

Cinnamon and a small amount of apple cider vinegar are added for a burst of flavor. They also add the important element of blood sugar stabilization. Both of these ingredients are known for their ability to balance blood glucose levels for hours.

Hummus cucumber and olive

The primary ingredient in hummus is the chick pea. Chick peas are high in fiber and protein and are often a staple in a vegan diet because of this. The other main ingredient which gives hummus a distinct flavor and adds much of the nutritional value is tahini.

Tahini is s sesame seed paste. It is rich in amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and several B vitamins. It also contains copper, which enhances immunity and helps calm inflammation.

Cucumbers are low in calories and high in water content. They are filling and replenishing to the body without adding a lot of calorie density. They are also a very alkaline food. This means they help reduce destructive acidity in the body. Cucumbers also contain three classes of antioxidants called flavonoids, lignans, triterpenes.

Olives add beneficial monounsaturated fat to this snack. Olives are naturally high in fat for their size which is why one olive goes a long way for flavor and added richness. This particular type of fat allows for sustained energy levels and better brain function. Olives are rich in several classifications of antioxidants as well, which boosts the overall nutritional value of this snack.

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Danna Norek founded AuraSensory.com. Product line includes an MSM & Vitamin C Ester Hydrating & Brightening Face Cream and all natural plumping Hyaluronic Acid Serum (greatly increases skin's moisture retention), Sulfate Free Natural Shine Enhancing Shampoo and Deep Hydration Conditioner, a very effective natural deodorant, and other body care. Visit to learn more about what chemicals & ingredients to avoid in your beauty and personal care products at AuraSensory.com .

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