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Five healthy snacks you can enjoy without guilt

Thursday, July 11, 2013 by: Sandeep Godiyal
Tags: healthy snacks, active lifestyle, whole foods

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(NaturalNews) The phenomenon of guilt involving eating is just a state of mind. Why would someone feel guilty when all he wanted to do is eat? The hype about guilt-free eating has been misinterpreted by many to mean not eating at all. Self-deprivation does more damage to the psychological balance in our bodies than the attainment of a beautiful body. The key to avoiding such moments in life is by knowing what you eat and not self-starvation. Here are some foods you can indulge in.

Go for protein

Yogurt and cottage cheese are excellent sources of energy, have great flavor, and are low in calories. The pro-biotic ingredient in yogurt helps keep your insides clean and healthy. In your selection, settle for Greek yogurt. If you don't like it, cottage cheese is a great alternative. Both of these food choices can be added with fresh fruits, especially those with high antioxidant properties, to optimize the nutrients you get. All these come at a great price: fewer calories.

Go for popsicles

Weird as it may sound, you can turn melted chocolate, chunks of banana, cookie sheets, and a popsicle stick into a nutritious and delicious snack. Here's what you can do: melt dark chocolate and coat it with chunks of banana. Place the coated fruit on a cookie sheet, place it in the freezer, and enjoy a sweet snack after a few minutes. Simple isn't it? It contains fewer calories, too.

Go for trail mix

Also called gorp, trail mix is a favorite among hikers, bikers, and whomever's along the trail. However, this does not mean that you need to be out there in order to eat this. You can prepare a trail mix at home and even take some at work. You'll find that trail mix is also effective for hunger pangs. With a lot of fiber, nutrients, and fewer calories, you'll have something to munch without feeling guilty afterwards.

Go for the frozen indulgence

Ideal during the summer season, smoothies and frozen fruits are a refreshing way to beat the heat. Filled with vitamins and lower in calories, frozen fruits can just be anything. If you want, you can blend chunks of fruit with crushed ice to create a homemade smoothie on your own.

Go for the healthier chips

Commercially produced chips contain unwanted fats and calories. For this reason, people shun away from them but merely eating a few ounces causes them tons of guilt. What you can do to satisfy your craving is to make your own. Get a corn tortilla and spread lime juice on it. Cut it in the size you like and place it in the oven. While being baked, prepare the add-ons: tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and garlic. When baked, cover with the add-ons and enjoy.

All of the above snacks have commonalities: they can be made at home and they are fresh. So there goes the clue you're waiting for. While you find a high amount of caloric content from commercially processed foods, you minimize it when you prepare the same foods yourself.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/protein-foods-why.html

http://blog.fooducate.com

http://www.organicsoul.com

http://www.creativegourmet.com.au/FAQRetrieve.aspx?ID=38890


About the author:
Sandeep is an mountain climber, runner, and fitness coach. He shares his tips for staying in shape and eating healthy on quickeasyfit.

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