5 Healthy ‘Junk” Foods

Dark chocolate image by Marcho Verch, modfications made, Creative Commons License.

Junk food can be good for you! Grab these easy snacks before grabbing that snickers or sugar cookie and your waistline & blood pressure will thank us!

  1. Dark Chocolate – has a quite a few health benefits! 
  • Improved Heart Health
  • Good for Overall Cholesterol Profile
  • Better Cognitive Function
  • Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Aid
  • Try out these brands: Pascha, Sweetriot & Alter Eco – Dark Blackout.

 

  1. Fresh Fruit Popsicles 
  • Homemade popsicles are easy to make & full of health benefits 
  • Blueberries – Antioxidant Superstars
  • Strawberries – Vitamin C Power
  • Mangoes – Source of Vitamin C

 

 

  1. Beef Jerky
  • Be careful, watch out for brands that are high in calories, sodium & carcinogens
  • Snacking on Jerky in-between meals is an easy way to get protein in your diet
  • Make your own beef jerky as a healthy alternative to store-bought

 

 

  1. Apple & Almond Butter
  • Almond butter contains significant amounts of protein, calcium, fiber, magnesium, folic acid, potassium, & vitamin E
  • Almond butter has low saturated fat content and is rich in monounsaturated fats making it a heart-healthy choice
  • Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants and dietary fiber that may help reduce hypertension, diabetes and heart disease

 

  1. Trail Mix & Nuts
  • The combination of the healthy fats, fiber and protein will make you feel full longer, so you’re less likely to overeat
  • Nuts are naturally low-glycemic foods which means they won’t raise your blood sugar levels as quickly as other foods
  • Avoid trail mix that’s loaded with candy or sugary dried fruit as they only offer empty calories

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