Healthy Snack – Almonds With Raisins
Here’s a really easy way to make a travel snack that you can literally take anywhere with you. Best yet, it needs no refrigeration so you don’t need to worry about keeping it stored in a refrigerator or a lunch bag with a frozen ice pack like you would need to do with yogurt or cottage cheese snacks.
Instead, you can simply place this delightful mix into a sandwich bag, seal, roll it up and toss it in your jacket pocket if need be. Since you are able to portion an appropriate amount of almonds and raisins, you will not have to worry about the calorie amount that you are eating. Right around 150 calories is all you will ingest when you pack a small handful of almonds and raisins.
To save money, you can purchase bulk almonds (raw unsalted) along with a large box of raisins. Then when you are ready to create your small snack bags to go, simply grab small handfuls from each and off you go.
If you aren’t a fan of raisins but still want to enjoy the health benefits of almonds, you can mix the almonds with a diced up low-fat mozzarella string cheese which will offer about the same number of calories as the raisins. Try them both out to see what you think.
Exploring The Health Benefits of Almonds
Research has shown that the elements found in these nuts could help with lowering cholesterol, regulating circulation, and even help with strengthening the arterial lining within the heart. Having a healthy cardiovascular system starts with a healthy heart therefore one of the best benefits you get from the vitamin E and flavonoids from the skin of these nuts.
In fact, many health benefits of almonds are in relationship to the brain, nervous system, and circulation of blood through the cranium. Studies have shown that people stabilize their mood and even get better brain function when consuming this treat on a regular basis. In recent research, Alzheimer’s disease was staved off due in large part to the riboflavin and L-carnitine found in the nutrients of almonds.
For those that are looking to lose weight and stabilize metabolic rate, look no further than this option. Much like many weight loss supplements, almonds can help with appetite suppression and keep energy levels up through the oxygenation of fat cells. That means you’ll be burning more fat, even if you’re not exercising strenuously.
If you aren’t already enjoying them, take time to bring them into your overall diet. They can be eaten by themselves, mixed with raisins, or even eaten with a mozzarella string cheese.
Each of these snacks are only around 150 calories so when followed with a bottle of water you have a great nutritious snack along with all the health benefits of almonds listed above. Throw in a bit of exercise, this option could very well help you maintain a good, long life, free of many illnesses of the cardiovascular system.