Alternative Ideas for your afternoon snack
When we talk about diet, it’s really important to get those meal plans sorted.
But what about those of us who can’t live without a snack? Well, you could completely change your eating habits and adopt the 5-meals a day plan that many advise, or simply make sure the snacks you do have are healthy.
Greek yoghurt is a great source of protein. This alternative spin offers even more benefits than just buying some Greek yoghurt too. The chia seed adds texture and is the richest plant source of omega-3 oils. Not to mention, it’s a complete source of protein. Add some fruit and you’ve got yourself one of your five-a-day as well. Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and have shown potential to decrease the growth of cancer cells.
Why Chia Seeds?
The truth is this recipe is an alternative to the more common, granola and yoghurt – a popular and delicious snack. The reason we’ve used chia seeds instead will hopefully be obvious with a little research into the nutritional benefits of this superfood. Chia is the ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’ so straight away this is looking promising.
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2. This is very impressive when you consider that this is just a single ounce, which supplies only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate. If you want to get really sciency, if you subtract the fibre, which may not end up as usable calories for the body, chia seeds only contain 101 calories per ounce. This makes them one of the world’s best sources of several important nutrients, calorie for calorie.
The seeds are packed with antioxidants, high in fibre, high in quality protein, to name but a few benefits.
Blueberries are a great choice due to the fact they contain antioxidants, which work to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions. Blueberries also provide a high dose of vitamin C as well as being linked to boosting brain health. Not too bad for a topping!