The Mediterranean diet isn’t just one of the healthiest in the world,
It’s also one of the most delicious. Plus, you can’t beat eating a handful of olives for less than 100 calories. “This snack is packed with good-for-you fats, from both the olives and the olive oil that will help keep you satisfied. Plus, tomatoes offer fiber, as well as cancer-fighting lycopene.” Slice the tomatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt.
Carrots are always a great hydrating snack, but when you add tahini to the mix, you up the protein big time. “Carrots contains high levels of antioxidants, while tahini contains more protein than milk and most nuts.” And the best part? The combo makes for an easy on-the-go snack.
Whole-grain staple isn’t just for breakfast. “Oats are a good source of filling fiber, and almond butter offers mono-and poly-unsaturated fats that are satiating and heart-healthy.” But instead of using flavored oatmeal, go with a packet of unsweetened instant oatmeal. “Many flavored oatmeals contain a lot of added sugar. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, you can sprinkle on some cinnamon or unsweetened cocoa powder. Then stir in a tablespoon of almond butter.”
Ready for a powerhouse snack? Nuts and figs make for an easy – and crazy-nutritious – mix. “Brazil nuts contain high amounts of selenium, which supports immune function and boosts metabolism. And seasonal figs provide a textural satisfaction, containing high levels of magnesium.” And adding spice to something so sweet might seem weird, but this fiery snack is worth trying. “Simply slice a mango and dust a cup of slices – about half a mango – with chili powder for a kick.” “Eating spicy foods may temporarily give your metabolism a slight boost.”
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