Sometimes you feel really low on energy and you know it’s time for a snack. The problem is that most snacks contain a lot of sodium, putting your health at risk. Here is a list of healthy foods, perfect for a snack and reduced in sodium.
Dried fruit is really good for your health, because it contains essential fatty acids, useful for regulating cholesterol metabolism, keeping cell membranes healthy, regulating inflammatory processes and the production of hormonal substances. In particular, a serving of dry roasted almonds with no added salt contains only 2 mg of sodium. For a super breakfast you can also mix almonds with yogurt. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed that almonds are a healthy snack because they help reduce appetite without the risk of weight gain.
Surprising, right? Yet popcorn is a very light and healthy snack, as long as it is homemade, without adding salt or butter . It is in fact a naturally low sodium content food (less than 5 mg per serving), with very little fat and a good dose of fiber. If you just can’t eat unsalted popcorn, try a sprinkle of Ideal Spray : this will give you tastier popcorn but with very little added sodium. Also try adding some spice if you want more particular flavors!
When you need a bit of energy and a good mood, what’s better than chocolate? But don’t choose it at random: only the dark one has low (or no) sodium content. Remember that to be considered non-dairy, chocolate must contain at least 43% cocoa (of which no less than 26% cocoa butter) but the real health benefits are obtained by consuming chocolate that contains at least 70% of cocoa . Dark chocolate has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and helps control cholesterol and blood pressure. But don’t overdo it: for a snack two squares are enough.