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Eating healthy snacks in your everyday life
Healthy snacks can provide you with the essential nutrients needed for a busy day. The right types of snacks can provide fuel and energy, and also prevent you from reaching for high sugary foods. However, certain type of snacks can be highly processed and may leave us vulnerable to a lower immune system and can result in excess weight.1 When choosing snacks, it is important we look for high nutritional content in order to receive the right health benefits.
Look for nutrient-rich snacks
Snacks can provide good macronutrients and micronutrients for your body.2 Macronutrients are the nutrients needed in large amounts, such as carbohydrates, protein and fats. Micronutrients are the nutrients needed in smaller amounts, such as vitamins and minerals. Nuts, natural yogurt, veggie sticks, hummus dips or any natural wholefoods are some examples of snacks that can include good macronutrients and micronutrients.
Snacks on the go
Being prepared is the key to success, such as packing a healthy snack box to work or school. This is a great way to avoid reaching for highly processed snacks that are full of sugar and preservatives. You can also prepare snacks that are portable and can be easily consumed on the run.
Choose a variety of snacks
A variety of snacks from different food may provide well-balanced nutritional needs and benefits. Snacks that contain natural and quality proteins, carbohydrates and good fats are ideal options when trying to get your intake of nutrients.
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- Piedmont Healthcare, “Foods and drinks that compromise your immune system”, Piedmont Healthcare, piedmont.org/living-better/foods-and-drinks-that-compromise-your-immune-system
- Rachel Nall, “What’s the Difference Between Micronutrients and Macronutrients?”, Healthline, healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/micros-vs-macros
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