written by: Selasi Berdie- Director of BSKT Wholefoods
Pepitas, also known as pumpkin seeds, are an awesome snack because a very small amount can fill you up. They contain a wide range of nutrients from manganese, to magnesium and copper. They are a nutritional powerhouse wrapped in a very small package.
Pepitas are great for your heart health, immune system and they are rich in plant based omega 3 fatty acids. They also contain Tryptophan, which can help promote a restful sleep.
Raspberries extremely low in fructose and calories while being antioxidant rich, containing the likes of Vitamin C, Gallic acid and guercetin which are known to help in the fight against cancer, age related decline and circulatory disease. Raspberries are also high in an ellagic acid that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Try to enjoy a handful a day or eat healthy snacks that contain raspberries in them to reap the benefits.
Coconut is incredibly nutrient rich, and high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
While it is high in fats, it is the richest source of medium-chain triglycerides which are burnt for energy and do not circulate in the blood stream like other fats. Instead they go straight to the liver and are converted into energy.
Coconut is also a great ingredient to nourish the body. It can boost thyroid function, increase metabolism and has anti microbial and anti fungal properties too.
If you want something light to snack on, try coconut chips as they are a healthy, but a crunchier way to enjoy this healthy fruit. Studies suggest that when you are stressed you crave crunchy food, making them the perfect afternoon snack, especially on a work day.
Almonds are high in healthy fats, fiber, protein, vitamin E, manganese and magnesium as well as Copper, B2 and phosphorous.
While they are high in fat, they are extremely healthy, have high antioxidant content and may assist with controlling blood sugar levels and with weight loss.
Goji berries are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. They have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2, 000 years with some legends suggesting that they were eaten by Monks to help aid meditation and obtain greater health, longevity, energy and stamina.
Goji berries are low in calories, fat free and may help fight off disease, manage your weight and help you experience better digestion. They are usually eaten raw, dried or in liquid form
ABOUT BSKT WHOLEFOODS
BSKT Wholefoods have just released a new Protein Bar into the range which will be available for the first time at the Goodness Me Box Markets on the 8th and 9th of December). They are Paleo, vegan, completely natural, gluten and dairy free, soy free and preservative free and currently are available in Cacao Peanut Butter, Goji Coconut and Raspberry Chia.