Snacking can actually keep you trim, if you snack on the right foods. Of course, potato chips and chocolate bars are a no-no if you want to keep slim, but there are numerous snacking options that not only keep you slender and slim but taste delicious too:
- Vegetable and fruit crisps
Vegetable and fruit crisps taste just as good as potato chips but are many times healthier. You can find a wide range of vegetables and fruits – long beans, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, carrots, jackfruit, apple, banana, melon, star fruit and taro – all are air-fried for your delicious consumption. Dried mangoes, pineapples and guava make a good snack too as long as they are not heavily sweetened or coloured.
- Roasted edamame
The health-conscious Japanese love edamame, so you know snacking on these puts you on the right track. Edamame is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, cancer-fighting antioxidants and fibre, which helps to maintain the well-being of the digestive tract as well as lowers your cholesterol and prevents your blood sugar levels from spiking.
- Fruit yogurt
This is almost like eating an ice-cream, except that they contain much goodness and even more when you top it up with your favourite fruits such as mangoes, grapes, raisins, honeydew and watermelon. The combination of protein and fruit will keep you feeling full up and provide you with the energy you need.
- Ginger cookies
Cookie-eating can also be done guilt-free now with ginger cookies. Ginger has been traditionally used to soothe the stomach as well as to keep arthritis at bay. This traditional remedy has been proven to be effective scientifically – an issue of Journal of Medicinal Food published in 2005 revealed that ginger and anti-inflammatory drugs indeed share many properties. Ginger is also rich in vitamin B and iron and lots of cancer-fighting properties.
- Baked oatmeal
Oatmeal was never known to be tasty but if you can bake it with strawberries, banana and chocolate chips, that would be awesome. Some add Chinese five spice powder while others add citrus zest or cinnamon for other varieties of the healthy snack. You’d probably already know that oats lower bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart diseases and is great for weight loss, giving you more than enough reasons to look up for baked oatmeal recipes to indulge in.