Traditional snacks are the best!
Tired of walking up and down the snack aisle of your favorite bio store and finding nothing that will tingle your taste buds? Well, if you want delicious and nutritious, power-packed snacks that will keep you going NON-STOP, all you have to do is look back to the old school favorites of days gone by…Nutritionists swear by these babies we are listing here today:
They’re quick, easy and tasty! About 90 raisins fill the one-half cup of your daily fruit requirement, plus they only have 129 calories and no fat! The sugar found in them brings you a fast energy boost and their carbohydrates improve your performance while you exercise. Also, eating raisins helps you meet your daily requirement for iron and they give you a super dose of potassium.
In Greek, they are called “pastel” and they are a delicious way of getting good protein right when you need it. Be careful not to go for the sugar-packed ones but opt for the sesame-honey choices that give you combined benefits: Sesame is an excellent source of copper, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, molybdenum, vitamin B1, selenium and dietary fiber (I know!!!!), and honey brings in amino acids, minerals, and vitamins B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin. To top it all off? Sesame bars are a magical way of dealing with those afternoon sugar cravings!
If you have walked the streets of big city Greece, you have definitely bought a “koulouri”, a crunchy bread ring covered in sesame, from a street vendor. Filling you up and giving you that bread fix without overdoing it, this is the ideal snack for when you are running a bit late for lunch. Plus, the sesame gives you the necessary energy to keep going until something of substance gets it your stomach. One favor, though…when you finally get to lunch, please skip the bread rolls, ok?
Grape must cookies
They are vegan and delicious, whether you find the crunchy variety or the soft one that you get to chew on for ages. Made with pure olive oil and not butter or margarine, these sweet treats contain a little to no sugar, as the grape must does all the work. Sometimes grape molasses is used instead, making them even sweeter but these sweeties are not at all to be considered a guilty pleasure. I love them best right before breakfast and before a tough workout. They spring my energy right up!
So, what are your favorite childhood snacks? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to try them ALL out!