Delicious Healthy SnacksTiago Osório
Healthy snacks and convenient foods, what would our life be like without them? To snack is a verb, which according to the dictionary, means to eat a little something to taste. The truth is that one of you is often wrong. And it’s not the dictionary! The problem of “eating like there’s no tomorrow” is precisely in the “snacks” you choose when you feel hungry. There are snacks that look as extraordinarily appetizing as they are satiating. However, the feeling is short term and the option has the opposite effect. We’ve barely had the last bite and I feel like it more and more. This is what happens, for example, with cookies and other sweets that we “snack”. Increasingly! Studies show that, with the pandemic, the consumption of “snacks” with sugar soared among children and adults.
The problem with over-consumption of added sugars is the dangerous relationship they maintain with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Too much sugar is a heavy workload for the liver, which converts it to fat. In turn, fatty liver is associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The good news? There are healthy snacks to make right choices!
With so many good healthy snacks options on the market, it’s not worth wasting time with the bad ones. For example, instead of fries, choose Peatatoes and you’ll see that you won’t regret it. During work breaks or lunches, for adults and children, just open the package to enjoy. This is a food with natural ingredients and a high pea protein content.
Why pea? Because peas are rich in essential amino acids such as BCAAs (amino acids that prevent muscle loss and reduce physical and mental fatigue) and glutamine (non-essential amino acid that promotes endurance and is cardioprotective). Natural and without preservatives – in fact, it has a natural preservative which is rosemary extract. Peatatoes are produced using an innovative Air Popped technique, for creating crunchy snacks, which allows better conservation and less use of artificial ingredients and fat.
More Vegan Options: Smoothies
Peas are an excellent food, and if you are looking for a vegetable alternative for your protein consumption and muscle mass maintenance, then you have found it! Pea is one of the “green” ingredients in V-Protein. When prepared according to instructions, shakes can be very healthy and even excellent meal replacements because they are nutritionally complete, as well as practical, and contribute to a balanced diet.
Whole Rice Foods
Brown rice is another ingredient you can look for on healthy snacks labels. There are mixes (with vegetables, fruits and plants added to brown rice and peas) that you can use in smoothies or even in your recipes. Important: in addition to the low fat content, always opt for the one without extra sugars.
Oatmeal for breakfast, always!
For some reason oatmeal is in vogue for breakfast. It is a cereal that delays the feeling of hunger. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol levels. You can prepare it in porridge or smoothie. But we all know that at breakfast, time is the one that dictates the most. So there are instant mixes on the market for you, who need a quick but healthy solution. Yes, it’s true, oats are low in protein. With that in mind we created our own mix: Oats & Whey, Whey Protein Oatmeal and Vegan Protein Oatmeal.
Bars: On Any Occasion
The convenience aspect is obvious: in the gym, on a bike training, on a plane trip… A bar in your pocket always looks good! The most difficult will be to choose, but the goals help to make the decision. There are energy bars, weight control bars, more protein bars, antioxidants, etc. There are bars for all tastes and profiles. Taste matters, especially when accompanied by a good label.
For example, when you choose a granola bar, it’s an asset to include prebiotic fibers. Also check the type of fat used: a bar without hydrogenated fats (the bad fats) is the best option. There are ways to replace these unhealthy fats with fats such as coconut oil, known to be rich in MCT, a type of fat used as an energy source and which has a beneficial effect on intestinal health.
If you are thinking of a protein bar, then the suggestion is always: proteins with high biological value, as they are the highest quality proteins. There are also high-protein bars, but low in sugar. And these can be the perfect snack to protect muscle mass, control appetite and extend the feeling of satiety. Enough reasons to have one of these healthy snacks close at hand!
Check our healthy snacks
In our online store you will find the best foods for your healthy snacks. Very nutritious, obviously. Instant oatmeal for breakfast? Smoothies or packets of peas for snacking? Bars for your running and to always have in your pocket? We don’t want you to miss anything!