We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”, and while we can all admit to enjoying some ice cream, cake, or chips every now and then, snacking on these foods every time we play online bingo games is a recipe for disaster! That’s why we’ve put together this list of delicious and healthy snacking ideas.
1. NIBBLE ON SOME DARK CHOCOLATE
We kick off our list with something a little bittersweet (but in a good way). What better snack than one that doesn’t require any preparation? Dark chocolate is packed with minerals that are good for you, including copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc – plus a healthy helping of soluble fibre.
Another reason why dark chocolate gets so much attention (apart from it being delicious) is because it contains a specific type of antioxidant called a flavonoid. Flavonoids can help improve the way your body functions, and help your body fight off harmful toxins and reduce oxidative stress.
The article “What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?” from Medical News Today notes that the flavonoids in dark chocolate may help reduce the likelihood of a person developing the following diseases:
2. GRAB A HANDFUL OF NUTS
While nuts have got a bit of a bad rep for being fatty, the truth is most of them are actually very good for you (unless you’re allergic to them). A article from Harvard Health, “Why nutritionists are crazy about nuts”, highlights this issue:
“If your idea of healthy eating was formed a few decades ago, it may be hard to shake the notion that you should avoid nuts, which are high in calories and fat. But new evidence has overturned that assumption. In fact, a recent analysis of the nation’s eating habits and health outcomes suggests that eating too few nuts and seeds is associated with an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or diabetes.”
Nuts can be a great source of fibre, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids (types of polyunsaturated fat that our bodies can’t make but are essential for health), and are a super-simple snack for game time! A bowl with mixed seeds, cashews, almonds, or pecan nuts is a great way to stave off the hunger pangs if you’re feeling peckish. (If you’re really trying to be healthy of course, it’s best to stick to the unsalted varieties – you’ll get used to them, we promise!)
3. I LIKE YOU BERRY, BERRY, MUCH
If you’re not in the mood for something savoury and would prefer something sweet, berries are a great alternative to sugary sweets (that’s right, they don’t just exist in the world of slots online)! Not only do they satisfy your sweet tooth but, as with dark chocolate, they also contain flavonoids. Just like the antioxidants in dark chocolate, you can reap the benefits of reduced inflammation and oxidative stress if you snack on blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, mulberries, and even strawberries.
The article “11 Reasons Why Berries Are Among the Healthiest Foods on Earth” from Healthline also highlights these possible benefits of eating berries:
4. BEEF JERKY IS ALSO GREAT
While many of us should arguably be cutting back on our meat consumption (without going completely vegetarian or vegan), if you love noshing on a meaty snack once in a while, beef jerky can be a great treat to reach for mid-game; what’s more, you can store it for ages without it going bad! Beef jerky contains protein, as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, phosphorus, and zinc.
However, this salty snack is potentially unhealthy if consumed in (relatively) large amounts, as it contains a fair amount of sodium, which could affect people with heart, blood pressure and stroke issues. Also, not all beef jerky is created equal, so be sure to check what’s going into it before you put it into you! Of course, there are also many vegan and vegetarian versions of jerky available, should you prefer a non-meat option (with accompanying health benefits to boot).
5. SWAP TORTILLA CHIPS AND DIPS FOR PITA BREAD AND HUMMUS
If you’re looking for another savoury snack but aren’t interested in nuts or beef jerky, you should consider pita and hummus. Hummus, which is made from chickpeas, ground sesame seeds (tahini), olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic, is a great tasting “dip” for your snacks. It’s available ready-made everywhere these days, but it’s easy to make at home if you’ve got a blender (and you can tweak the recipe to suit your taste).
Hummus contains a healthy balance of nutrients, as well as vitamins and minerals; you’ll get healthy fats, some protein, copper, manganese, iron, zinc, and much more! This delicious treat is high in fibre, can help fight inflammation, and has various other benefits, according to another Healthline article, “Is Hummus Healthy? 8 Great Reasons to Eat More Hummus”. And what makes the first part of our combo so great is that it’s 100% vegan! That’s right: not only is it absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious, it’s completely free from animal products!
The second part of our combo, pita bread, can also be fantastically yummy and healthy, but as with other breads, you need to make sure the ingredients that are used are good for you. The most important thing to look out for in a good pita is whole-grain or wholewheat flour, but also keep an eye out for any sugar that might be added in, or even artificial sweeteners! If you like the idea of this snack as a way of quitting the endless chips-and-dips routine, then grab a few pita breads, some hummus, and settle in for your games with this treat (if you run out of pitas you can always keep going with carrot or celery sticks as dippers)!
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/ 16 April 2021