Healthy Snack Ideas

Health and nutrition awareness has become more prevalent in the last five years.  With the increasing costs of health care, the spread of immune system weakening diseases and all around poor well being, many Americans are turning to better diets and regular exercise.  Organic fruits and vegetables have become the norm.  Wheat product sales have risen and consumers are now more focused on caloric intake, zero trans fat and digestive enzymes are chosen over antacids.

What does it all mean?  It means Americans are paying more attention to their health.  In an effort to prevent ailments versus paying for expensive doctor visits and medication, a healthier nation is on the rise.  Are there still millions of people overdosing on junk food, fast food and unhealthy foods?  Yes.  For many, the cost of eating healthy has become a major obstacle in taking care of their bodies.  Others lead busy lives that cater to a drive through window instead of a stove.

What can the average person do to take better care of their body?  How can we teach good eating habits to children and provide inexpensive preventative care to senior citizens?  Healthy snacks are a small but effective way to ensure nutritional requirements are being met.  When children want to snack, they think finger foods.  Chips, candy and sugar filled delights are desired over healthier alternative.  Health snacks in the finger food category include grapes, berries, wheat crackers and baby carrots.  Children love to help in the kitchen and often follow the examples of their parents or guardians.  Why not provide healthy habits for them to follow?

Studies have shown fresh fruits and vegetables offer more healing nutritional value.  Though organic products are highly suggested by healthcare professionals nonorganic products should be consumed if the organic products are unaffordable.  If your fruits or vegetables are spoiling in your refrigerator, consider washing and packaging them the same day they are purchased.  For example you can remove grapes from the vine, wash them and store them in zip loc bags or Tupperware containers.  This will make the grapes more accessible and will remove the lazy factor from eating better.   It is also suggested to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables in variety that are locally grown and in season.

When making a change in diet, it is important to know the following information:

·         The benefits of vitamins & minerals (and their sources)

·         Best food combinations for health and healing

·         Fruits and vegetables that prevent diseases

·         Various herbs and their most valuable effects

It is also important to know if you have any allergies, what fruits or vegetables are best for your specific dietary requirements. You should know what to do in order to prevent diseases that are common in your family.  Knowledge and a conscious effort are key factors in establishing a healthy diet, good eating habits and a strong immune system.  Finding reliable healthcare professionals and informative health resources will put anyone on the right path to better well being.  Start today by creating a list of healthy snacks for you and your family.