Snacks are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy snacks can help provide extra nutrients and also count towards our five a day target of fruit and vegetables.
Healthy natural snacks should be eaten between meals and will help towards your health and nutrition. Nutritionists recommend that healthy snacks should contain vegetables, fruit, nuts or cereal grains.
They will also cost you less than buying junk food that has little nutritional value and is bad for your health. Combining healthy snacks with a good diet and exercise leads to an improved well-being.
The ideas below, for healthy snacks, are suitable for everyone from school children to those at work.
Avocado and cheese sandwich made with wholemeal bread.
Avocados are a good source of vitamin E and C as well as being high in fiber and potassium. They also contain folic acid, an important vitamin for pregnant women. Cheese contains important levels of calcium and wholemeal bread is high in fiber.
Dried banana chips.
Dried banana chips are often fried in coconut oil and coated in honey. Bananas contain high levels of vitamin A and C. They are also rich in potassium. You can often find banana chips included in muesli. Great for a carbohydrate boost.
Crackers and cheese.
A very popular snack after dinner. Cheese is high in calcium. Crackers also come in wholemeal varieties and these are a good source of extra fiber.
You can combine any of your favorite fruits in this snack such as kiwifruit, apples, pear, and nectarines. This snack will help you towards your five a day of fruit and vegetables.
Hummus in pita bread.
Hummus is made from dried chickpeas, garlic and sometimes tahini. Hummus contains fiber and iron; tahini is made from sesame seeds and is high in calcium.
Before The Holidays
The holidays will come and needless to say, you will be tired of turkey, ham and roast beef, now you may be watching your diet before indulging yourself. So here are some quick and easy food ideas that keeps calories in mind but are still good and are a nice change of pace.
If you’re really trying to watch your calories then try to keep the wine to only one glass a day and not too late at night the reason for this is that wine contains alcohol which will slow your body’s ability to burn calories.
Of course, you can always forget the wine but just remember you might not enjoy your meal as much.
We hope that you enjoy these recipes and they give a nice change to your meal ideas and a nice change of pace. There can be many befits to adding wine to your meal it can enhance your dining experience with the proper wine food matching.
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Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe
1 can of tuna fish usually packed water or oil
1/3 cup of cottage cheese
2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise
1/4 purple onion, chopped finely
1 celery stalk, chopped finely
1 Tablespoon of capers
Juice of half of a lemon
Pinch or two of dill
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
Mix all of the ingredients. Be sure not to drain the water or oil from the can of tuna. Use it instead in the tuna salad mixture. I like to serve on toast, either open-faced or in a regular sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes and pickles.
For a low carb option, serve on sliced lettuce. You can serve this along with vegetables or cottage cheese. For wine Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc other wine that you might like.
Shrimp with Avocado Salad
1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
1/4 cup grape-seed oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 lb medium shrimp, cooked, peeled, and deveined
2 ripe avocados
Lettuce – preferably butter lettuce or red leaf lettuce
Lemon slices for garnish
As an Option – 2 Tbsp chopped roasted walnuts or pistachios
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
Combine oil, vinegar, and garlic in a bowl. Chop shrimp into 1/2 inch pieces and add to oil mixture. Arrange leaves of lettuce on individual plates. Cut avocados in half and remove pits.
Remove some of the avocadi around the pit area and mix in with the shrimp. With a spoon, carefully scoop out avocado halves from their skins in one piece. Place the avocado half on plate with lettuce, spoon shrimp mixture on to avocado.
Sprinkle with walnuts and cilantro (optional). Serve with lemon slices for garnish. You can serve this along with vegetables or cottage cheese. For wine Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc or your choice of wine.
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Spanish rice with Chicken
2 tablespoons olive oil (can use up to 1/4 cup)
1 onion, chopped fine
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups of medium or long-grain white rice
3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock if vegetarian
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste or 1 cup of diced fresh or cooked tomatoes, strained
Pinch of oregano
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds of chicken which can be grilled or fried and cut into slices or chunks and added alongside the rice or mix with rice as it simmers. This is a nice addition along with the rice and can be mixed in once the rice has been cooked as well.
In a large skillet brown rice in olive oil, medium-high heat then add onion and garlic. Cook onion rice mixture, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes, or until onions are softened.
In a separate saucepan bring the stock to a simmer. Add tomato sauce, oregano, and salt. Add rice to broth. Bring to a simmer. Cover. Lower heat and cook 15-20 minutes, depending on the type of rice and the instructions on the rice package and let sit for 5 minutes.
For wine, get a Chenin Blanc, or maybe a Gewürztraminer, again, depending on your taste for wines.