Eating healthy is important for recovery from addiction. It boosts your mood, gives your body good fuel, and supports overall health down the road. Addiction takes a toll on the body. The challenge is to figure out how to mitigate the effects, but also to find ways of healing some of what’s already suffered some damage. Finding healthy, low-cal snacks can be a great way to give you what you need throughout the day without reaching for chips or other less nutritious snacks between meals. Here are just five which are quick and easy to make.
The newest thing in quick-and-easy protein are homemade energy balls. Packed with nutrients like chia seeds, dried fruit, and other nuts, they have lots of fiber which is good for digestion. You can take the ingredients and pulse it in a food processor within just a few seconds. They may be stored in the refrigerator for an on-the-go snack that keeps you filled up between meals or when you need a quick bite in the morning as you run out the door.
There are lots of ways to make healthy, low-cal smoothies. Rather than stop at a drive-thru or buy it at the gym, you can make your own quick and easy. Nutritious smoothies combine leafy greens like kale, berries, protein powder, pea protein, chia or other fiber-packed seeds and your choice of water or milk (including alternatives like soy, oat, or almond). Adding a scoop of nut butter can give you additional nutrients without the added sugar (or calories).
You can make your own trail mix rather than buy it from the store. It all depends what you put it in it how it will help you feel healthier. Usually it is a combination of seeds, nuts, and dried fruit with some chocolate, coconut, grains, and some other things to mix it up a bit.
Chickpeas are a high fiber addition to your diet. Roasting them provides a new flavor that helps provide a little different sensation, depending if you like a bit of spice. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper while roasting in the oven for a different flavor or put them in a pan on the stove for crispy texture.
One of the healthiest snacks you can have is a salad green with veggies. Packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins, adding bell peppers, green onions, spinach, kale, and other greens provides a small, but mighty, benefit to your mind and body.
When you try different foods and snacks at home, you realize how quick and easy it is to do. It is also budget-conscious, rather than buying it premade. The key is to find what works best for you and make enough to have on hand for when you need a boost but are craving sugar or carbs. Eating healthy will help you maintain a positive mood, better focus, and lower blood sugar over time which can help you fight off heart disease and other health issues down the road.
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