Let’s give up our chips bowl once and for all and start making some smart replacements instead. Eating healthier doesn’t necessarily mean giving up those tastes that just make you want to melt, or even worse, tastes that make you wish you’d never have to stop. This symptom always occurs when we are having something fed up with additives and dextrose. Our brain is therefore put into the delicate position of not knowing when to say Stop. This post is meant to walk you through 10 delicious 100-calorie snacks that will keep you satisfied, full and energized.
1. Baked potato
I’m using the singular here, because one small baked potato has about 100 calories. But eaten with the skin on, they are a high dietary fiber food. One baked potato provides about 12% of an adult woman’s daily fiber needs, and 8% for an adult male. Fiber, as we know, is essential for good digestion and efficient absorption of nutrients. Moreover eight ounces of baked potato contains 1000 mg of potassium, which reportedly blunts the harmful effects of too much sodium and keeps blood pressure in check.
2. 1 can of Sardines
Canned sardines contain energy, protein, lipid or fat, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Vitamins in sardines include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, A, D, E and vitamin K. The fatty acids found in sardines include total saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and cholesterol. What more could you wish for?
3. 5 dried figs
In case you’re not a fan, it’s high time you became one, because they are high in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fibre. Figs are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness. Figs are often recommended to nourish and tone the intestines and act as a natural laxative because of their high fibre content.
4. 13 shrimps – steamed or boiled
Shrimp are an unusually concentrated source of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient called astaxanthin. It’s not unusual for a single 4-ounce serving of shrimp to contain 4 milligrams of astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that is receiving special attention in the latest health research, primarily for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
5. 7-8 cashew nuts
Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. Studies of diabetic patients show that monounsaturated fat, when added to a low-fat diet, can help to reduce high triglyceride levels, which will eventually save you from heart disease.
6. 20 Sun-dried tomatoes
A one-cup serving of sun-dried tomatoes, which is a bit more than the 20 pieces I’ve recommended above, has 39 percent of the recommended daily intake of potassium, which is essential for muscle contraction and the transmission of nerve impulses. Men get 82 percent and women obtain 27 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron. The same serving size provides 23 percent of the daily intake of thiamine and riboflavin, as well as 31 percent of niacin. These B vitamins are essential for converting food to energy, maintaining the nervous system and keeping skin healthy. You’ll also receive 19 percent of the daily intake of vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and regulates bone mineralization.
7. 100 Raspberries
Raspberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. They are also rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K. The berries contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins are function as co-factors and help body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
8. 100 radishes
Radishes are very good for the liver and stomach, and they act as a powerful detoxifier too. That means that they purify the blood and eliminate toxins and waste. They are extremely useful in treating jaundice because they remove bilirubin and also keep its production at a stable level. They also reduce the destruction of red blood cells that happens to people suffering from jaundice by increasing the supply of fresh oxygen to the blood.
In fact, a new study found that the amount of polyphenols found in popcorn was up to 300 milligrams per serving compared to 114 milligrams per serving of sweet corn and 160 milligrams per serving in any fruit. In addition, one serving of popcorn could provide 13 percent of an average intake of polyphenols a day per person in the U.S. Polyphenols may combat deadly diseases like cancer and heart disease, but none of popcorn’s great health benefits are found in the white fluffy part of the food, but in the kernel. So start chewing.
10. 35 Grapes
Grapes make a great snack fresh or frozen, but if you opt for the chilly state, they last way longer. Nosh on 1 cup (about 28 grapes). Feeling posh? Use them as fruity ice cubes in a tall glass of water to stay hydrated while snacking.