Hiking Ensign Peak

Hiking Ensign Peak
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Late Night Munchies

Munchies! CRAP! This is the worst thing for me...the munchies. I struggle with this more than anything else, late night hungries...especially on the weekends. What is up with weekend munching?
Here are some late night snacks that won't kill your progress.
  • 1 medium apple; a handful of unsalted almonds, a glass of water or herbal tea.
  • 1/2 cup of plain low-fat yogurt with half a banana, or 1/2 cup mixed berries, water and herbal tea.
  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce and a scoop of protein powder, water or herbal tea
  • 1/2 cup of mixed berries, and a handful of unsalted almonds, water or herbal tea
  • 3 cups unbuttered, plain popcorn & a handful of plain unsalted nuts
  • 1 cup raw veggies with 2 tbsp low fat hummus, water or herbal tea

I know that most people find money a pinch these days. However, investing in a bag of raw, unsalted almonds, is a great way to spend it. The protein you get from this power packed nut. Here are some of the health benefits of almonds:

*Almonds lower bad(LDL) cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease partly due to the anti-oxidant action of Vitamin E found in them.
*Including almonds in main meals lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin seen after eating. Tips:Add chopped roasted almonds to salads, vegetables, gravies, rice etc..
*Whole almonds (with skin) provide hearth healthy benefits. 20 Anti-oxidant flavonoids are found in almond skin.
*Nuts reduce your risk of gaining weight when consumed in moderation.
*Almonds are rich in protein. 1/4 cup of nuts have about 7 grams of protein.
*Almonds are good source of manganese, copper and riboflavin which help with energy production.
*Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat which is a health promoting fat associated with reduced risk of heart disease

Best Health! Ruthann

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