Thursday, July 10, 2008

7 Super Snacks That Have Healing Powers

Did you know that eating blueberries will help you ace that next test? Or, that green tea will increase your metabolism and help you lose weight faster?

These are just a couple of the super snacks that are featured in an article I found on Here's a quick run-down of the 7 Super Snacks and a brief explanation of their benefits. For complete details about each snack, visit this page on
  1. When stressed, eat 1 cup of Low-Fat Yogurt or 2 tbsp of Mixed Nuts. Why? Because they both contain certain amino acids that are known to decrease anxiety, so instead of reaching for a soda, grab one of these two healthy treats instead.
  2. To increase your metabolism, drink Green Tea rather than fasting. Why? Fasting causes your body's metabolism to shut down, which makes it harder to lose weight. Green Tea increases your metabolism, which helps you burn calories faster and ultimately lose weight faster.
  3. When you need a pick-me-up, reach for trail mix instead of espresso. Why? Raisins provide the potassium and nuts provide magnesium, which together will give you energy and help you recover faster from exercise.
  4. When you need a brain-boost, reach for blueberries not ice cream. Why? Blueberries contain antioxidants, which have been shown to increase cognitive thinking.
  5. When you've got a cold, drink hot or cold Ginseng Tea rather than sodas. Why? Ginseng kills invading viruses by increasing your body's production of key immune cells, while caffeine in sodas actually dehydrates your body, which leaves you more vulnerable to invading viruses.
  6. Best quick breakfast option: Eggs and whole wheat toast over a bagel and cream cheese. Why? Eggs are packed with protein and are the #1 thing you should eat for breakfast because they set you up for a perfect day of eating.
  7. When you want to get in the mood, eat dark chocolate rather than drinking that third glass of wine. Drinking one or maybe two glasses of wine is okay because it does increase your sexual appetite and decreases inhibitions, but by the third glass, you're just as likely to fall asleep as you are to get it going on. The cocoa in dark chocolate contains stimulants that increase your body's sensitivity and the phenylethylamine actually will give you a natural high.
Again, for a more detailed description of each of these super snacks, please visit this page on

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