The MCO has seen some pretty strict moments but now the Malaysian government has declared looser rules and regulations to the new MCO. We all have those days where we would Netflix and Chill while eating a whole bag of chips or snacking on candy bars. While those are super satisfying and yummy, it is extremely bad for our health especially in the long run! Here are a couple of substitutes for a healthier snacking lifestyle!
We know that there is just no exact substitute for potato chips, but a healthy option would be to turn to kale chips. Kale is packed with fiber and antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol which decreases blood pressure and may reduce risk of colon cancer! You could even make it at home yourself by mixing a cut of bite sized kale leaves, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Place the mixed ingredients and kale leaves together and proceed to place them on a baking sheet to bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10–15 minutes. Enjoy your snack!
You could always see edamame at any Japanese restaurants, little did you know that they are actually great snacks for vegetarians and those who are looking to snack healthier. Edamame is steamed unripened soybeans which are loaded with antioxidant kaempferol which has been shown to cause weight loss and lower blood sugar. Other than that, it is also filled with folate and minerals like iron, magnesium, and manganese.
Greek Yogurt with Berries
Greek yogurt has been known to be pretty high in calcium, potassium, and protein, while berries are loaded with antioxidants depending on which berry you mix your yogurt with! It is yummy, filling, and also aesthetically picture perfect.
Nuts have the perfect balance of healthy fat, protein, and fiber. It is the ideal nutritious snack that reduces risk of heart disease, and possibly prevent cancer, depression, and other sicknesses. They are actually pretty filling as they are high in fats, but studies suggest that eating nuts in moderation may help you lose weight.
Apple and Peanut Butter
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Apple slices and peanut butter is not a shocking duo to pair, plenty of people out there do this in the comfort of their homes. Let's start of with apples, they are high in fiber and polyphenol antioxidants that improves gut health and reduces heart risk. On the other hand, while peanut butter may be high in calories, it generally hasn't been linked to weight gain as long as it's eaten in moderation. It has also been shown that it can increase good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol. Try out this yummy snack at home!
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