An apple makes the perfect snack because it's sweet, juicy, and full of fibre to satiate your hunger cravings. Most of the vitamins and minerals are found in the peel such as vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium, folate, and iron, so if you peel the skin, you're throwing out all that nutrition.
Be sure to buy organic apples and crunch on this fruit with the red, yellow, or green peel intact.
Holy protein and fibre! Beans are inexpensive and low in fat, so they're a great addition to a healthy diet. The problem is that most beans come in cans that are lined with BPA. Exposure to this chemical has been linked to cancer, heart disease, and early puberty.
Canned beans are also high in sodium, so soaking and boiling your own beans is your best bet. If you're short on time, choose BPA-free canned beans.
Believe it or not, boiling your broccoli isn't the healthiest cooking method for these veggies, as it zaps away the nutritional value. If snacking on these florets raw isn't to your taste, lightly steam or saute for only a few minutes, just to slightly soften the stems.
When you need a quick nibble or a healthy way to satisfy a sugar craving, dried fruit is a healthy option. Well, that is, if it's not covered in sugar. Make sure to choose dried fruits made without added sugars. Sometimes you can tell just by looking at the fruit, but if you're not sure, check the package - you might be surprised.
A great source of quick protein and one of the best pre-workout snacks, peanut butter should be simply made by crushing peanuts, but if you're not mindful about which jar you choose, it might also contain added sugar, salt, and hydrogenated oils. Avoid the unnecessary fats and sugars by choosing natural peanut butter or making your own in a food processor.
Sweet potato, or kumera, is high in vitamin A and bursting with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a valuable food to include in your diet. But don't be fooled - sweet potato fries do not pack the same nutrient punch. Since frying adds lots of fat and kilojoules - we suggest boiling these orange beauties. try steaming diced chunks or baking the potato whole (and watch the butter and brown sugar).