HEALTHY SNACKS & SUPERFOODS

by diana on October 24, 2010

in All the other good stuff,Raw & Vegetarian Recipes

Include super foods in your healthy snacks and give yourself a nutrition boost!

I am always experimenting with new combinations and ingredients in my snacks because I am a SUPER SNACKER!! I absolutely love snacking – always have. If I am working on my blog or a project when I have something to snack on I am able to focus better. It works! But that can also be a bad thing if I grab the wrong kind of snack.

I have found a snack mix that I just love and I make myself. The mix contains healthy ingredients that are super nutritious, made up of a couple super foods and are light and convenient to carry in your purse. I put these into a snack size ziploc bag and carry with me.

MY SUPER FOOD SNACK MIX includes:

  • Goji Berries (I buy these in a package and not bulk. The packaged ones taste better)
  • Raw Coconut Chips (these are the large chunks or chips)
  • Cacao Nibs (I love Navitas brand)

Let’s take a look at the nutrition in these powerful snacks:

GOJI BERRIES

GOJI BERRIES are packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.  The berry contains more beta carotene than carrots and 500 x more Vitamin C by weight than oranges.

They are also known as the Wolfberry. They are widely used in Chinese medicine where they are believed to enhance the immune system, help eyesight, protect the liver, boost sperm count, treat inflammation and improve circulation.

They contain over 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals and substantial amounts of Vit B1, B2, B6 and Vit E.

They contain complex phytonutrients and bio flavinoids and are 12% protein.

Goji Berries can be eaten raw or brewed in a tea or put in a soup.

Goji Berries are widely available and I have tried many kinds and sources. I do not really like the ones in the bulk bins. I find the best tasting ones are found at health food stores and in a package on a shelf. They are organic and have a better taste and texture than most found in the bulk bins. Buy good quality ones so that you enjoy eating them and therefore benefit from their high nutrition.

RAW COCONUT CHIPS

I discovered these just recently. I have had raw coconut flakes before but these chips (chunk size coconut pieces) are perfect for snacking and adding to trail mixes, granola, etc.

Coconut contains calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, zinc, Vit C, iron and are a healthy fat.

Please buy the raw, unsweetened coconut so that you get the full nutrition that coconut provides. Also – the taste is amazing!

Coconut flakes or chips are great combined with some nuts and dates – blend together in a food processor and form into shapes and put in fridge or freezer. Great for satisfying a sweet tooth!

CACAO NIBS

Cacao (raw, unprocessed, chocolate) is my favorite superfood by far. I am a chocolate lover so when I got into raw foods and discovered this “healthy chocolate” I was in LOVE!

Cacao contains antioxidant flavanoids and David Wolfe claims it has a higher antioxidant value than red wine, green tea and blueberries. That is quite a claim!

The essential minerals in Cacao include magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulphur and potassium. They also contain proteins, beta-carotene, linoleic acid, lipase and lysine.

Because it is unprocessed and not heated or roasted (like cocoa) it contains very small amounts of caffeine and theobromine. This is good news. But remember – like everything else – moderation is key. If you are really sensitive to caffeine and chocolate than do not overeat cacao. Also, the cleaner your body is, the more sensitive you are to any level of caffeine.

Of course to the mix of goji berries, coconut chips and cacao nibs you can also add various raw nuts and seeds. I try not to eat too many nuts and seeds so the mixture of just Goji Berries, Coconut Chips and Cacao Nibs is perfect for me!

If you have a favorite snack mixture, please share it with all of us and put it in a comment below. We all need healthy suggestions!

Give my favorite snack mixture a try and remember…….

LIVE HAPPY & HEALTHY!!

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