Being a student is tough, famishing work!
In between completing that tenacious assignment and proactively reading up on some lecture slides, it’s hard not to get hungry. I know that it is very tempting to eat unhealthy goods with no one there to say otherwise, but our bodies appreciate us a lot more when we pursue wholesome diets. The most common explanation my peers give me for eating trashy food? “Not enough time.” With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of my top three superfood snacks and one notable health benefit for each of the ingredients. From personal experience, I can confirm that these snacks are very quick and easy to make. Enjoy!
1. Superfood Trail Mix
- Blueberries – High antioxidant content, for fighting off disease-causing free radicals
- Dried Mango – Great source of Vitamin A, important for the immune system and skin cells
- Pumpkin Seeds – Excellent source of Magnesium, which has numerous benefits for cardiac health
- Hemp Seeds – Contain essential amino acids, for healthy homeostasis of the body
- Dark Chocolate – Great source Manganese, involved with building and maintaining healthy bones
What is easier than literally throwing ingredients together to make a great snack? This first snack is loaded with health benefits and tastes great too! Use a ziplock bag for easy access to this nutritional powerhouse combo.
2. Avocado Floats
- 1 Avocado – Carotenoid-rich, great for the maintenance of eye health
- Black Pepper – Acts as a carminitive, helpful in the digestive system
- Sea Salt – Contains many essential minerals such as iodine, helpful in normal growth/development (in moderation)
- 6 Black Olives – Great source of Iron, necessary for homeostatic oxygen circulation
- 2 Garlic Cloves – Natural antibiotic, reduces disease-causing bacteria
This one requires a little bit of preparation, but it’s no sweat! First, cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Cut the olives into halves (remove the seeds, if applicable) and the garlic cloves into fine slices. Next, generously place the cut olives and garlic into the pulp of the two avocado halves in an anti-parallel manner. Sprinkle with black pepper and sea salt to finish up. Grab a spoon and enjoy your delicious avocado floats!
3. Power Salad
- 2 Peaches – Natural diuretics, great for cleansing kidneys and bladder
- 2 Tangerines – Excellent source of Vitamin C, helps absorb iron in the body through chemical reduction
- 1 Apple – Great natural toothbrush, stimulates saliva production to reduce tooth decay
- 1 Banana – Source of Vitamin B-6, preventative measure for carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chia Seeds – Good source of fiber, great for digestive system health
- Walnuts – Contain Omega-3 fatty acids, notable benefits in memory retention
- 1 Tbsp Honey – Contains protein Defensin-1, helps fight off harmful bacteria
- 3 Tbsp Pure Orange Juice – Another great source of Vitamin C, great for immune system deficiencies
Cut the apple, peaches, tangerine cloves, and banana into small pieces and place into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the honey and pure orange juice together – this will be the dressing. Mix the fruit together and dressing together, and sprinkle with chia seeds and walnuts to finish. Yum!
That wraps it up for today’s post. No more excuses for eating unhealthy junk – your body is counting on you! Until next time, chow down and keep it here at Why Ryerson!