Making healthy choices when it comes to snacks can be a challenge. I know if I don’t plan my snacks, I will make bad choices. So what are some healthy snacks that are great for our skin? Here are some of my “go to” snacks.
Fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers, and cauliflower eaten with hummus dip are awesome together. The vegetables can be cleaned, sliced, and put into containers for each day. Four-ounce canning jars are a great way to bring the hummus to work with you each day.
Fruits such as apples or pears can be eaten with any type of nut butter, just make sure your nut butters don’t have any added sugar. (Remember sugar can encourage those wrinkles!)
Nuts, seeds, and dried fruit make a marvelous snack. Pumpkin seeds, almonds, and dried cranberries are a good combination. One-quarter to one-third cup total mixture is a good size portion. Even though seeds and nuts are nutrient packed, they have a higher fat content so you don’t want to over do it. When choosing dried fruit, watch out for added sugar in these items, too.
One of the best snacks is bone broth. A cup of this each day with some healthy crackers is delicious. Bone broth has an abundant amount of collagen which is great for your skin. The collagen, vitamins, and minerals in the broth can further replenish your body’s own collagen and keep your skin, hair, and nails looking great. A wonderful book to learn more about the healing powers of bone broth is The Bone Broth Miracle by Ariane Resnick, CNC. She shares the history, health benefits, preparation, recipes, and other creative uses for bone broth. This book is a great book.
Each snack combo has protein paired with another food. Protein provides your skin with the building blocks it needs to repair and rebuild. An added benefit is it provides a feeling of satiety throughout the day which can help with weight loss. I try to eat three meals a day and two snacks, and most of the time I do get protein with each meal and snack, but as with everything it is a work in process.
I know these snacks seem pretty simple, but it is the simple things that are easier to accomplish. What are some healthy snacks you enjoy? Let me know.
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