4 snack swaps for managing high blood pressure
Snacking isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it can be a good way of keeping your energy levels up. But busy days and a hectic lifestyle sometimes lead to rushed, unhealthy choices, and if you have a health condition, that could spell trouble. So, when you’re craving a snack, consider a swap that will support your healthy lifestyle and still fill you up.
- Swap sweets for a handful of seeds with a naturally sweet piece of fruit or some berries
- Swap chocolate bars for oat cakes or seeded crackers with a thin spread of sugar-free almond or peanut butter
- Swap puddings for a cup of Greek yoghurt scattered with seeds, a handful of blueberries and half a banana
- Swap crisps and dips for chickpea hummus with crunchy sticks of carrot, celery or bell pepper.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, your GP will be able to advise you on how best to reduce your risk with exercise and nutrition. You might find it useful to make an appointment with a Nutritional Therapist, who can work with you to create meal plans suited to your specific needs.
Wednesday 1 February 2017
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