5 Healthy Foods as Sweet as Candy

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5 Healthy Foods as Sweet as Candy

Frozen Banana Dipped in Chocolate

You want us to recommend ice cream…..we know, but we cannot do it with a clear conscience. If you have an unbearable craving for ice cream Cornerstone recommends a frozen banana dipped in melted dark chocolate. Bananas are high in potassium which lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of strokes. This is the perfect substitute for an ice cream sundae.

Hot Cocoa

Who doesn’t like a hot cup of cocoa? The answer – no one! Cocoa is one healthy food that actually tastes good too. One tablespoon holds around 10 – 15 calories and close to 2 full grams of fiber. To reap the most rewards from cocoa it is best to purchase ‘all natural’ cocoa powder. Try to steer clear of cocoa that has been alkalized as this process can remove the beneficial nutrients along with the bitter taste cocoa usually has. Look out for terms on the label like ‘Dutch-processed’, ‘European-style’ or ‘alkali’ which should alert you to the processed ingredients within. Cornerstone recommends that you mix the natural cocoa with almond milk or soy milk to keep it healthy and tasting great!

Greek Yogurt with Fruit

Topping Greek yogurt with fruit makes a decadent and healthy dessert option. This snack not only will satisfy your hardcore sweet tooth but it will also provide your body with essential nutrients like fiber, protein and healthy fats. This is a great pre or post workout dessert.

Almonds Lightly Dusted with Cocoa Powder

Do you love Peanut M&Ms? How can you get the sweet satisfaction and nutty goodness without all the sugar? Cornerstone suggests  trying almonds with cocoa powder! Coming in at just around 150 calories, a quarter cup of roasted, unsalted almonds holds about 3 grams of fiber along with 6 grams of protein. Once they are covered in a light dusting of cocoa powder they become a tasty treat that is heart healthy and can lower LDL cholesterol.

 

Dark Chocolate

This decadent delight is an excellent healthy snack that has been shown to lower stress levels and reduce anxiety as well as control healthy blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to a published study by the American Chemical Society it is best to consume chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa and to watch the amount that you eat. Eating around one ounce is just enough without going overboard and ingesting too many unneeded calories.

 

Cornerstone Health Tips!

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NUT BUTTER PACKETS

On-the-go single-serving packets of nut butters such as almond, hazelnut, or peanut are excellent portion-controlled snacks rich in good fats, minerals and protein. Try and consume the brands with the least amount of added sugar and remember not to eat anything that touts itself as “reduced-fat” as these brands simply replace the good, healthy, natural fats with sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

IN-SHELL PISTACHIOS

Pistachios have high protein content, cholesterol-reducing monounsaturated fat, and tons of fiber and energy-boosting B vitamins. Sounds good right! They’re so delicious that it’s easy to eat several handfuls which can quickly put your calorie count in the red.. One ounce contains roughly about 160 calories. Why do we call for in-shell pistachios? Scientists at Eastern Illinois University have discovered that the time spent shelling pistachios made people consume an average of 41 percent fewer calories overall, than when the nuts were already shelled.

 

NEED TO KNOW:

When pistachios are added to carbohydrate-rich meals, they can significantly reduce the after meal blood sugar spike.

 

MIXED NUTS

Nuts like peanuts, cashews, and almonds make for a crunchy way to add more protein and healthy unsaturated fats to your diet. They pack about 6 grams of protein per 2-ounce serving.

NEED TO KNOW:

You should watch your sodium intake! Buy “UNSALTED” packages!

 

WALNUTS

Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids which are fantastic for overall body and heart health with only around 4 grams of carbohydrates per ounce! Again you should choose the salt-free variety for optimal health.

NEED TO KNOW:

Walnuts also supply copper, which is needed for healthy energy production.

 

FROZEN GRAPES

When it gets hot outside a great way to stay true to your healthy diet and cool off at the same time are frozen grapes! They are sweet and delicious and will help to satisfy your sugar cravings in the best way possible without hitting the donuts or chocolate bars. The best way to freeze these cold sugar nuggets is to lay them out in a single layer in a zip-lock bag in your freezer until firm.

NEED TO KNOW:

Substitute red grapes now and then to reap the benefits of higher levels of antioxidants than what is contained in green grapes.

 

EDAMAME


These are essentially underripe soybeans but provide a beneficial blend of protein, good-for-you carbohydrates and just enough good fat to increase your energy output during your gym or fitness routine. Edamame are also full of nutrients like iron, magnesium, vitamin K and Folate.

NEED TO KNOW

Purchase edamame that is certified organic and limit your intake quantities as too much soy is not good for the body.

 

DRIED PLUMS

Need an energy boost before hitting the gym? Try dried plums, also known as prunes! These chewy dried fruits are excellent replacements for all the bad processed snacks that your brain craves when you get hungry. Studies have shown that dried plums create a high degree of satiety or fullness due to the fiber contained within.

James Neumann, CEO of Cornerstone of Southern California and ____ time marathon runner says, “If you want a healthy alternative to all the energy drinks and powders before a workout eat dried plums/prunes about a half an hour before hitting the gym.”

NEED TO KNOW

Dried plums/prunes are packed full of antioxidants that aid in repairing muscle tissue and combat disease.

 

CELERY

Oh that tasteless vegetable! Tasteless due to its 95% water content, but perfect for increasing your natural fluid intake and cutting bad carbs out of your diet. Celery tastes better with some peanut butter (or better yet almond butter) on top.

 

NEED TO KNOW

Celery is a great way to increase your intake of beneficial vitamin K which helps build strong bones and teeth.

 

APRICOTS

These tasty treats are another excellent bad-snack alternative. They contain a high dose of fiber and not too much sugar which is a great combination for the health conscious eater.

 

NEED TO KNOW


They are orange in color and contain large doses of beta-carotene which has been connected to better brain functioning in individuals who eat them.

 

 

STRAWBERRIES

In the realm of all berries, strawberries contain the least sugar, at around 11 grams per cup, making them another healthy alternative for quenching the desires of an unbridled sweet tooth. If you’re concerned about possible pesticide exposure, Look for organic strawberries to limit your exposure to harmful pesticides.

NEED TO KNOW

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20778689,00.html

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/26-best-healthy-snacks.html

http://www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/smart-choices/healthy-office-snacks