Associate Professor Tim Gill from the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney states –
“They [snack foods high is fat, sugar and salt] all create reward responses in a part of your brain – you have it, you like it, you want more. So the most important thing, from my perspective, is to plan your snacks and have them with you”
What are these insanely simple and healthy snacks?
Here are 5 list of healthy snack for your brain :
- Fresh fruit and natural yoghurt
Any fruit that is in season is good chopped up with a couple of spoonfuls of natural yoghurt. Add some almonds for a bit of extra flavor and texture.
- Vegetable sticks and dip (hummus, basil pesto, etc)
Celery, capsicum and carrot can be a bit boring and bland on their own, but when served with a bit of hummus or a basil pesto, they go down a treat.
- Fruit toast
Fruit or raisin toast with a light spread of butter will fill you up.
- Air popped popcorn
There’s no need for a fancy popcorn machine maker or to buy the popcorn in the expensive microwavable bags (this popcorn is usually full of fat anyway). All you need is a brown paper bag, some (approximately 3 tablespoons) popcorn kernels thrown in, fold the bag a couple of times (you can even staple it at the top) and microwave for about 2 minutes. Open the bag carefully and season with a bit of salt.
- A handful of nuts
Almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, etc. Take your pick. Studies show you can’t go wrong with a handful of nuts. In fact, if you eat nuts on all or most days of the week you can cut your risk of heart disease by 35%. Avoid eating too many peanuts or nuts coated in sugar though.
The key is to eat foods that are as close as possible to their natural state. Avoid foods that are heavily packaged and processed as you have no idea what’s actually gone into them.
Source by learningfundamentals.com.au
Written by Jane