Search
 Healthy Living » Diet & Nutrition » Healthy Snacking for Binge Eating   Login
  

  
  Diet & Nutrition

April 2011
Healthy Snacking for Binge Eating
Sunita Pant Bansal
Do you feel hungry in between meals? You want to eat but you’re worried about gaining weight. Well… you are not alone!

Did you know that snacking in-between meals is good? It not only keeps our energy level consistent throughout the day, but also prevents us from overeating during mealtimes. So, it stands to reason that if we have healthy foods available for snacking, we would actually benefit!

Healthy snacking foods
 
Avocado: It is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which reduce low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and triglycerides and increase high-density lipoproteins (HDL). By improving blood cholesterol, avocado lowers the risk of heart diseases. Moreover, the oleic acid and linolenic acid in the fruit lower blood pressure. Not only heart disease, avocado also prevents cancer. It is loaded with fibre, minerals like potassium and magnesium and vitamins C, E and K, which help prevent cell mutation and suppresses tumour growth, thus reducing the chances of getting cancer.

Banana: It is rich in potassium and low in sodium, helping the body’s circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain. This indirectly reduces the risk of blood pressure and stroke. Banana is also an energy-boosting and mood-elevating fruit. It contains tryptophan that helps the body to produce serotonin, which helps the mind to relax and makes one feel uplifted. Being one of the best natural sources of vitamin B6 and iron, banana also supplies the vital nutrients needed by the body to produce blood. But since it is packed with calories, one has to go easy with it.

Celery: It has anti-cancer compounds, such as phthalides and polyacetylenes that detoxify carcinogens. Eating celery also clears uric acid from painful joints and helps in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic problems. Practically zero-calorie, it is a great food for dieters.

Cherry Tomato: They are packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, Folate and minerals, like calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and manganese. The lycopene in cherry tomatoes has been proven to be an effective agent against breast, colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancers. A very high fibre, low calorie nutritious salad option for all!

Sweet Potato: Since sweet potato has a low Glycemic Index, it helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, contrary to what its name indicates. It also provides a significant amount of dietary fibre, vitamins B2, B6, B7 and E, thus helping in strengthening the immune system. Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which are powerful antioxidants that work in the body to eliminate free radicals, thus reducing the risk of heart diseases and various cancers especially prostate, stomach and lung cancer. Sweet potato, baked or roasted, makes a very healthy snack.

Yoghurt: Yoghurt is a good source of calcium and protein. A 200ml serving of yoghurt contains 30% – 40% of the adult recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for calcium and 20% for protein. Yoghurt helps to regulate digestion and strengthens the immune system. The active cultures in yoghurt are good bacteria that stimulate infection-fighting cells in the body, thus preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. Smoothies are the best form in which one can have this wonder food.


    
 Also See
Heart Friendly Diet
Super Tomatoes
Virtues of a Berry
Feed The Bounce In your Locks
Sinusitis De-clogging is the Mantra
How Flexible Is Your Diet?
Ready-To-Eat Foods Right Choice Is The Key
Mango Mania!
Waking Up To Coffee More Readily
Food For Your Athlete-In-Making
What Dictates Your Cooking Methods?
Flawless Flax!
Tangy, Tart, Tasty Mustard!
Monsoon VITALITY
Binge Eater? Help Yourself. HERE!
Don't Knock The Building Blocks
Goodness of Holi Goodies!
Fasting Fundamentals
Dry Fruits in a Wholesome Meal
Diet for Stamina
Hypertension: Diet In A Pinch
Cricket Diet
Best and Worst Fast Food Salads
NutritionFor Women At Every Age
Go (Pea)Nuts With The Spread
Good Fats
Pomegranate a little sweet,a little tart and a lot healthy!
How to Control Your Portions
5 Ways to Avoid Stress Eating
The High-BP Diet
Lunch Box Fat
Go Easy on Your Diet and Sleep More
Better Body Built in Budget
Wholesome Calcium
Pathway to a Beautiful Mind
Haunting Hunger
10 Foods that Seduce the Sandman
Taste the Health of Brandy!
Diet for the Bedridden and Wheelchair Bound
A Plum a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!
Liquid Diets
Teens and Junk Food
Teen Diet Plan
Comfort Food to Quit Smoking
The Goodness of Cardamom
Pump Up Your Energy Levels
Detox
Bouncing Back from Fatigue
All About Veganism
Foods To Keep Warm And Healthy
Add Firmness and Strengthen Breasts
Deciphering Health Claims of Nutrition Labels
Yoghurt The Wonder Food
Dietary Advice for Sports Persons
Cool, Calming Diet
Diet During Travel
Dairy Bones & Much More
Beat the Heat, with Summer Foods
A Mouthful of Beans
Diabetic Diet for Non-vegetarians
Spice without the Burn!
10 New Healthy Trends
The Green Diet
Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Bad
Fruit of the Month: Orange
10 Immunity Boosting Foods
Eat With the Season
Anti Cancer Diet
Rice Rice... All the Way...
5 Reasons Why Brown Rice is Healthier
Calories and Nutritive Content of Fruits
Finger Licking Rajasthani Fare
Eating Disorders
Prevent Acidity
Get a Balanced Diet
Diet for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases
Detox Diet
Calorie Sheet of Common Food Items
Aphrodisiac Foods
The Goodness of Thai Cuisine
Nutritional Needs of Children
7 Tips to Stay Slim Through Winter
Get In the Zone with the Zone Diet
How to Enjoy Food While Staying Fit and Healthy
Tipping the Scales: Eat the Right Carbs with the GI Diet
Unleash the Purple Magic: The Nutrition in Purple Colored Fruits and Vegetables
Using Artificial Sweeteners
10 Nutritional Myths Busted