Chiropractic care does not only cover the treatment of spine and related disorders but also educates patients about healthier lifestyle choices. For example, in today's world, almost everyone is guilty of unhealthy snacking at some point or another. However, did you know that specific snacks can contribute to spinal problems and other health issues?
For starters, recognizing what you're craving can help you figure out what your body needs. Of course, our bodies occasionally crave a decent chocolate bar or anything sweet. Other times, we crave oranges, tomatoes, bananas, and various other foods that could indicate a vitamin deficiency. You can read plenty of blogs on the internet about what you might be deficient in based on your cravings, but the only way to honestly know what your body requires is to consult with your doctor or have specialized tests performed.
We prefer to stick to the principles of good, nutrition-rich eating habits rather than doing tests. Because you are eating a healthful diet, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets or other foods when you load your meals and snacks with nutrient-dense foods. Here are some of our favorite nutrient-dense foods to include in your meals or snack on:
Let's start with the basics: water. Although you may not consider it a snack, it is significantly more nutritious and frequently more full than many harmful snacks, and it is generally what our bodies require. If you don't like the taste of plain water, you can always add your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, lemons, apples, or limes, to naturally flavor it. Coconut water, which has natural sugars and electrolytes that aid in hydrating the body, is another healthy option. These are healthy alternatives to sodas and fruit juices, generally heavy in sugar.
Our spine is primarily made up of water, so it only makes sense that staying hydrated would help keep the spine healthy. Drinking plenty of water can also help prevent constipation and urinary tract infections, both of which can cause back pain.
Seeds and nuts make excellent snacks and are far more filling than a bag of chips. This is due to their high content of healthy fats and proteins, which digest slowly and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and pistachios are among our favorites. Mixing different nuts and seeds to make your trail mix is also a good idea. Just watch your portion size as they are still high in calories.
Fruits and vegetables make wonderful snacks since they are high in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.
Some individuals avoid fruits because of the sugar level; however, fructose, the sugar present in fruits, is a natural type of sugar. The advantages of the other nutrients in fruits outweigh the sugar content. On the other hand, Fruits are an excellent way to fulfill sugar cravings because they contain natural sugar.
Whether carrots, celery, tomatoes, or any other vegetable you want, vegetables make a fantastic snack. If you don't want to consume your vegetables by themselves, you may always combine them with other foods such as hummus, light cream cheese, or peanut butter. Vegetables are also an excellent snack to satisfy boredom needs. There's almost no limit to how many vegetables you may consume in a day! As a result, the more, the merrier.
Chocolate isn't always a bad thing. In reality, cacao-rich chocolate (as opposed to cocoa, which typically has a lot of processed sugar) is excellent magnesium, iron, protein, and fiber source. Surprisingly, these nutrients are among the most commonly deficient in Americans. However, because of the bitterness of high percentage cacao, switching from milk chocolate to 90 percent cacao will be extremely unpleasant if you are used to eating milk chocolate. The idea is, to begin with, a lesser proportion and gradually increase it. The bitterness does not seem as strong, and you will gradually train your taste buds to love the flavor — it may even become sweeter to you!
The key to eating healthier snacks is identifying what you're craving and locating a healthy alternative to satisfy your hunger. If you don't have access to or desire the snacks indicated above, many pre-packaged healthy snack options are available in supermarkets. If you're going to buy pre-packaged snacks, read the contents carefully and try to find as few recognizable ingredients as possible, then keep to the recommended serving size.
If you're picking up a bag of chips, look for ones made entirely of natural ingredients and have fewer than five ingredients listed. A package of chips should ideally contain potatoes, salt, and possibly oil — even better, potatoes, Himalayan salt, and avocado oil! Remember to keep things simple when it comes to ingredients and to use whole foods whenever possible. At Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights, we are always here to help you make the best choices for your health!