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5 Quick And Slimming Snacks That Heal

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5 Quick And Slimming Snacks That Heal

Foods To Help You Feel Your Best
Julie  Daniluk
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Nov 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

One goal of my books, Meals That Heal Inflammation and Slimming Meals That Heal, is encouraging readers to seek out the delicious and easily available foods that help them feel their very best. My clients often tell me they feel stressed about finding healthy snacks while on the run. They are nervous that they will “fall off the wagon” by eating something convenient or within reach. It would be great if we could all have our own personal chefs, but with a little forethought, we can pack luscious snacks that are fit for a king! Try theses 5 healthy snacks that bring you a boost of the vitamins and minerals you need to reach full vitality.

1. Organic Trail Mix
Mix-up raw nuts, seeds and dried fruit for the perfect portable snack. Raw, organic nuts and seeds are full of healthy fats, dietary fiber and protein. The vitamin E benefits your heart, and the omega-3s help your brain and may even ward off or improve depression. The human body cannot produce Omega 3 fatty acids, so we need to get these essential nutrients from food sources. Almonds are full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and muscle-building protein. Try something new and add dried cranberries or blueberries to your trail mix. Note: Stay clear of sugar-coated, sweetened berries and raisins as they are too high in sugar.

2. Zucchini & Red Pepper with Hummus
Chow down on raw zucchini strips and red pepper strips with 2 tablespoons of hummus. Jazz it up with fresh herbs like dill or parsley. You get Vitamin A and C in great amounts and the protein in the hummus helps you stay satisfied.

3. Tropical Fruit & Coconut
Slice 1 large kiwi and one cup of fresh pineapple. Top with 1 tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut. Coconut provides MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) that provide the body great energy. The fruit provides anti-inflammatory enzymes that help you repair the joints and get back on your game.

4. Dark Chocolate
Organic dark chocolate is a great way to add a healthy dose of antioxidants while enjoying a mood lift. Unlike milk chocolate or sugar-coated candies that leave your mood flat, dark chocolate has a strong, rich flavor that contains phenylethylamine, the "love drug" that makes chocolate an aphrodisiac. A little bit goes a long way. Enjoy three squares of dark 80% chocolate at 2 pm for best effect. Be sure the chocolate is sweetened with a healthy alternative sweetener such as coconut sugar, honey or stevia!

5. Turkey Lettuce Rollups
Take one slice of organic turkey or chicken breast and wrap it inside a large lettuce leaf. Add a slice of pickle and drizzle with mustard. Poultry contains tryptophan that helps to make serotonin – the happy hormone!

Julie Daniluk’s bestselling book, Meals that Heal Inflammation, advises on allergy-free eating that tastes great and assists the body in the healing process. As nutritionist and co-host of reality cooking show Healthy Gourmet (Oprah Winfrey Network), she negotiates the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Check out her amazing recipes and nutrition tips at Connect with Julie on Facebook at Julie Daniluk Nutrition and on Instagram and Twitter @juliedaniluk.


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Julie  Daniluk
Julie Daniluk, RHN, best-selling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation (Hay House), has helped thousands of people enjoy allergy-free foods that taste great and assist the body in the healing process. She is also the co-host of TV’s Heal Continue reading