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Healthy snacks and desserts benefits

Healthy snacks and desserts can offer you several benefits including improving your overall health. Plus find out more about the benefits that you can get from healthy snacks and desserts.

Weight control

If you can avoid extreme hunger, the possibility of choosing healthy snacks will increase. If you are extremely hungry, you may overrate add meals or choose doughnuts to fulfil your hunger and in those cases, it will increase your weight. You need to eat small meals every 3 to 5 hours so that you do not tend to overeat. A few of these small meals can be healthy snacks and desserts. Keep healthy snacks at hand because then you will be able to keep your hands off the foods that you should not eat when you are trying to lose weight.

Generally, we are inclined towards big meals because keeping meals small and having frequent meals can be difficult for many people. You need to eat more during your active times of the day. Also, do not go shopping when you hungry because you are likely to buy things which are not good for your weight loss efforts.

Curb your cravings

Your blood sugar goes down 3 to 5 hours after you eat. So, usually small and frequent snacks, it will keep your blood sugar at a normal level and will also keep your metabolism revved up. If you're hungry, your body may switch to famine mode and that can slow down your metabolism which will add more pounds to your body. You can consume fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, nuts, legumes, whole grains which will not only provide you with the necessary nutrients, fibre and protein but will also keep you safe from fluctuation in your blood sugar levels.

Boost your mood, energy and brain

Do not eat sugary snacks which do not contain any nutrient. They may provide you with a jolt of energy but your energy will crash after that and you will feel hungry, cranky, unable to concentrate and sleepy when you consume such sugary snacks. On the other hand, healthy snacks will provide you with slow burning fuel, which will help you to keep going all day.

Include protein in your snack so that you can get an extra mental boost. Protein-rich foods contain an amino acid which will increase the production of neurotransmitters which will help you by regulating your alertness and concentration. Healthy snacks like fruits, honey, low-fat dairy products, vegetables and whole grains will lift your mood and will help you to battle fatigue.

In general people of for carbohydrates when they feel down because carbohydrate can lift our mood by boosting the brain chemical serotonin. However, it is a temporary benefit because, after this quick high, it is followed by a sharp low.

You should also include omega-3 fatty acids in your snack because it's good for your heart and your head. Tuna, walnuts and other foods contain omega-3 fatty acids which will help you to fight hard diseases and high blood pressure besides fighting depression and anxiety. Omega-3 fatty acids are also good for you against several other mental and physical problems.

References

1. The Blended Bites Healthy Snack And Dessert Recipe Collection
2. Importance of Good Nutrition
3. Nutrition and Healthy Eating