Popular activities during the holiday season are cooking and eating. Between the events, baking, and dinners, we all tend to snack, taste, and munch a little bit more than usual. Although we are satisfying our taste buds, the options may not be healthy, and that’s when we can pack on the extra holiday pounds. Here are four healthy snack options that will also keep our palate happy:
A protein-packed snack that has so many benefits. In pecans you will find fiber, magnesium, antioxidants, and vitamins C and E. Collectively you may experience increased metabolism, clear skin, and hair growth.
With healthy doses of vitamins C, E, and K, fiber, manganese, and antioxidants, cranberries are a small snack with large benefits. Your urinary tract will stay healthy, as cranberries prevent bacteria from attacking the bladder lining. With the heavy doses of vitamins and minerals, your skin will glow from the inside out. Cranberries are also known to help your heart and brain.
You might find this sweet treat in a pie or covered in chocolate, but if you snack on it alone it will offer your body many health benefits. Pears have a great source of fiber, vitamins B2, C, E, and potassium just to name a few. This fruit will help you reduce blood pressure, and will strengthen your immune system and vision.
Apples are a great food, packed with flavonoids, fiber, and antioxidants. This crunchy goodness reduces the risk of hypertension and diabetes. Apples are also known to keep your teeth white and detox your liver.
Yvelette Stines is an award-winning writer whose work has been published in Essence, Uptown, Heart and Soul, Jones, Hispanic Executive Quarterly, and Green Build + Design, just to name a few. Her book, Vernon the Vegetable Man, encourages children to choose healthy lifestyle habits. Stines’ blog, Calming Corners, motivates readers to live a calm and healthy lifestyle. You can find her calmly playing on social media @yvelettestines and @calmingcorners.