Hi there, how are you doing? I am currently on busy schedule, juggling between work and home including couching my little boy on his revision and homework. Meanwhile, I am on healthy diet now by replacing my breakfast and snack time with healthy & delicious bites. Morning is always a rush for me hence something simple like Low-fat milk with cereal, cornflakes, muesli or oats are my best selection. Beside, snack time is also important for me to make sure that I didn't opt for something unhealthy and high calories. *Need to watch the scale needle*( *LOL)
Yogurt has been my all-time favourite, nuts and fruits are good compliment to it. These combination were served for breakfast in the hotel cafe during my last trip. I have got addicted to it, it is simply tasty and need not to say yogurt is good for your digestive tract. Our body needs to have a healthy amount of ''good'' bacteria in the digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. One of the words you’ll be hearing more of in relation to yogurt is ''probiotics.'' Probiotic, which literally means ''for life,'' refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts. In fact, the health benefits of yogurt are so impressive that many health-conscious people make it a daily habit. (Reference from webmd)
Most of us like to munch on nuts including myself. It will be great if we can roast them at home, like what my good friend did. If you wish to try it out at home on how to roast cashew nut, do hop on her blog to find out.
Nuts contain the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acids, and the fats in nuts for the most part are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats. Many nuts are good sources of vitamins E and B2 (riboflavin, an antioxidant), and are rich in protein, folate, fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium. Raw or unroasted walnuts are considered the healthiest, with twice as many anti-oxidants as other nuts.
Several epidemiological studies have revealed that people who consume nuts regularly are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease (CHD).(Reference from wikipedia). Some nuts may pose allergy to those allergic person. So, take cautious before consuming any nuts.
Dried fruits meet dietary guidelines for daily fruit servings and address barriers to fruit intake. The greatest benefit of including dried fruits regularly in the diet is that it is a means to expand overall consumption of fruit and the critical nutrients they contain. Dried fruits have the advantage of being very easy to store and distribute, they are readily incorporated into other foods and recipes, relatively low cost and present a healthy alternative to sugary snacks. The scientific basis for the recommendations to increase fruit consumption in the diet by health authorities is the epidemiological evidence that individuals who regularly eat generous amounts of these foods have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity, several cancers, diabetes and otherchronic diseases. (Reference from Wikipedia)
Some useful sites on dried nuts and dried fruits:
Since consuming yogurt, dried nuts and fruits have so many health benefits. It is a good start for us to prepare and consume them daily to replace unhealthy diet or snacks! Hope you too will join me for more healthier snacks! Enjoy!