Wednesday, April 03, 2013

5 Snacky thoughts/ideas!!!!

Found this from fitnessmagazine.com!!!! Good info to know!!!


Disease Fighters: Fruits and Veggies

Munch on blueberries, apples, peppers, and spinach, which are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Plus, the potassium, magnesium, and calcium in most fresh produce may help lower blood pressure.

Heart Helpers: Dark Chocolate

Both regular and sugar-free dark chocolate decrease blood pressure in overweight adults, according to new research.
Consuming just a small amount of flavanol-rich cocoa powder daily can increase blood flow to your skin, making it softer, smoother, and more resistant to sun damage. (This is not your excuse to skip the sunscreen!)
 

Energy Boosters: Whole Grains

Good news for carb lovers: You need at least 130 grams a day to keep your memory and concentration sharp. Opt for the whole-grain kind -- it's higher in fiber, giving you energy with staying power.
Bonus: Including five servings of whole grains daily in your low-calorie diet can help you lose belly flab and lower your levels of C-reactive protein, a predictor of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Add two more servings and you could lower your risk of diabetes by more than 20 percent
 

Bone Builders: Low-Fat Dairy

Just 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day can help you maintain bone mass when trying to lose weight.
Including dairy, such as skim milk, in a low-calorie diet can help you shed belly fat.

 

Belly Shrinkers: Nuts

Snacking on nuts may help you shed pounds. Researchers found that people who ate almonds as part of a low-calorie diet for six months lost 18 percent of their body weight -- slimming their waistlines and reducing body fat to boot. (Scientists suspect that the fiber-plus-protein combo keeps hunger in check.)
Extra credit: Monounsaturated fats found in some nuts have been shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels while preserving the good kind that your body needs



Hey but REMEMBER with all this good info drink lots of water too!!!! You can even put it in a COOL CUTE bottle too!!


        Just saying!!!!
That makes me drink more when I have a cute bottle! whatever works in my opinion!!!!!