On your special day, eating will probably be the last thing on your mind. Here are some quick, healthy snacks that will fill you up and keep you energized without weighing you down-or making a mess.
Quick, delicious and available in a wide variety of flavors, the health benefits of yogurt are limitless. Not only is yogurt known to prevent osteoporosis and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, yogurt also has active cultures that help digestion, enhance the immune system and discourage vaginal infections. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that yogurt may help you to feel fuller between meals, giving you a chance to enjoy your ceremony without hunger pains.
3. Sushi or Sashimi
If you are looking for something more substantial, an order of sushi, or sashimi if you are diabetic, is filling yet light with nigiri averaging 35 calories, 1 gram of protein and 4 grams of carbohydrates per roll. Sushi is low in saturated fat, high in protein and contains fish oil, which promotes cardiovascular health. An additional benefit, sushi has EPA and DHA omega-3 fats and lots of vitamin E to give the bride naturally glowing skin.
2. Fruit and cheese plate
Simple and straightforward, fruit and cheese plates can be customized to feature the bride’s favorite fruits and complementary cheeses. Most fruits are naturally low in fat and sodium and high in fiber, potassium, vitamin C and folic acid. Include wheat or rye crackers for a carb boost and added fiber.
1. Hummus with assorted veggies or pita
Hummus, which is made from chickpeas and comes in a variety of flavors, is a great source of protein and fiber as well as molybdenum-a sulfite detoxifier-iron and manganese, making it an energy booster. The olive oil used to make hummus creamy is rich in monounsaturated fat, a heart healthy fat. Pairing the hummus with an assortment of raw veggies or pita, you will feel full without feeling heavy. If you do not plan on ordering your hummus via room service-or bridesmaid grocery store run-check out Ranee Wright’s hummus recipes here.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, “The Benefits of Yogurt”. WebMD.
“Sushi Nutrition Facts”. Sushi Encyclopedia.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, “Hummus: How Healthy is it?” WebMD.