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Top ten comfort bites to lift up your health and spirits

 

The next time when you feel hungry between meals, here arefew snacking options that you could consider, without having to fear aboutpiling up those kilos. These mood foods are believed to both pep us up, and dowonders to our general health, and are therefore considered healthy snackingoptions.

Green VegetablesGreen veggies have a lot to offer in terms of health benefits. Broccoli ispacked with Vitamin B and folic acid. It offers relief from stress, enhances moodwith regard to anxiety, panic, depression and other emotional disorders. Greenveggies are rich in potassium which helps immensely in calming one’s nerves whenstressed. A diet rich in green veggies also helps the body feel lighter. Thebest way of consuming green veggies as snacking option is to make it a part ofyour salad.

Oranges: Oranges,apart from being a rich source of vitamin C, also contain anti-oxidants inplenty, thereby preventing formation of free radials causing cell damage. Astressed body releases more free radicals. The vitamin C content in orangesprotects the body from these harmful effects. Vitamin C is also a proven naturalimmune system booster.

Asparagus:Asparagus is a rich source of folic acid and contain magnesium, known for theirmood-lightening properties. Being low on calories, it has zero fat and cholesterol.The stalks of baby asparagus are tender, crunch and tasty, which makes them an all-timeeasy and perfect snack.

Apricots:Apricots contain plenty of Vitamin A, and helps prevent formation of freeradicals. Further, they are rich in fibre, and therefore aids digestion andrelieve constipation. They are arich source of natural sugars, therefore a handful of dried apricots are boundto keep you happy and healthy, while also satisfying your sweet cravings.

Sweet Potatoes:Sweet potatoes help bring down stress levels, as they satisfy the body’scraving for sweets and carbohydrates. They are rich in beta-carotene, fibre, andvitamins. They help the body to process carbohydrates gradually, releasing thesugar slowly, thereby satisfying your appetite for quite sometime. Why not try eatingroasted, boiled, or mashed sweet potatoes, rather than indulging in richcheesecakes and pastries?

Yogurt: Apartfrom being a good source of calcium, protein, and vitamin B12, yogurt alsocontains many useful bacteria. It aids digestion and offers relief from mildstomach infections, if any. For those of you with a sweet tooth, try adding aspoon of honey to yogurt, it will satisfy your sweet craving, and will boostyour immune system and keep you healthy.

Fish: It is arich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and Vitamin B12, an important componentfor producing serotonin, also known as the happy hormone. A good reason to eatfish is the plenty of essential Omega-3 fatty acids that it offers, as ourbodies are incapable of producing sufficient amounts of them.

Nuts: Severalnuts like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts are packed with nutrients andvitamins. The almonds are known to contain serotonin, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2(Riboflavin) and anti-oxidants that improve the immune system. These crunchnuts are also known to be effective stress-busters.

Dark Chocolate:Contrary to the common belief, dark chocolates are loaded with chemicals thatimprove moods, similar to those found in marijuana, although in smallerquantities. Dark chocolates are particularly good, as they contain higher percentageof cocoa and less sugar, than regular milk chocolates. The anti-oxidants andflavonoids present in them, help reduce blood clot formation, heart diseasesand cancer. However, take care to eat only in moderation.

ater: Although,water is not considered a food item or snack, it helps in smooth functioning ofthe body. Drinking plenty of it is essential in maintaining healthy skin, hairand eyes. Even a simple issue such as insufficient water intake could be theunderlying cause for your stress issues. Also note that drinking water can temporarilymake you feel full, and keeps you away from unhealthy snacking.

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