What are “healthy” snacks?

Snacking that is Really healthy

Are these good snacks?

Are these good snacks?

Most people think that healthy snacks are things like nuts, seeds or nutrition bars. These foods can cause health problems.

Nuts and seeds are as close to nature in terms of snack foods, and are high in fiber and protein but they are not that good for your digestive tract.

Nuts and seeds contain a naturally occurring chemical called phytic acid. These phytic acids block absorption of minerals in your small intestine. Minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, etc. are very important for your health. So you can see why continually having these phytic acids in you digestive tract is not a healthy choice.

Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

The nuts and seeds can also cause problems with the Ileocecal valve that separates your large intestine from your small intestine. If the ileocecal valve loses it’s integrity and can not hold a healthy seal between the large intestine and small intestine you will have toxicity problems. This can lead to digestive disturbances, pain, inflammation, back problems, immune system problems and much more.

Nutrition Bars don’t do the body good

Most nutrition bars on the market are not really “health foods”. They contain sugar, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, soy proteins, nuts, seeds, grains, agave nectar, and many other things that will decrease the health of your digestive tract, liver and blood sugar and endocrine system. Even though they might advertise that they are “organic” or “natural” don’t be fooled. Read the ingredients carefully. If you are just not going to stop eating nutrition bars these are the best ones that I recommend:

  • Standard Process “Standard Bar” (only sold through health care professionals)
  • Lara Bar
  • Organic Food Bar (only the original formula has not agave nectar)

What the @$%# can I snack on then?

Here are some great snacks that are healthier for you than the above:

  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherry plumb tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Other cut up veggies
  • Avocado
  • Fruit (if you are not trying to lose a lot of weight or get over a big health issue)
  • Olives
  • Pickled veggies
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Mini frittatas
  • Organic and natural beef, turkey, or salmon jerky
  • Natural bacon
  • Natural sliced meats
  • Natural sausages -precooked and sliced can be convenient
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken tenders
  • Lettuce wraps (with meats and or veggies inside)

Get the idea? There are more things along these lines, just make sure that you stick to theĀ Eating Right Diet.

Do you have any snacks that you enjoy that are really healthy? Let us know… I don’t know it all you know!

About Dr. Robert Ciprian

Dr. Robert Ciprian is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology, On the Board of Certified Teachers of the International College of Applied Kinesiology and a co-host on Get Fit Now Radio on www.cascadia.fm. For a nutritional consultation or holistic health treatment call 503-222-5509. For seminars and workshops go to www.cipriansystems.com.
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