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Whole food snacks, whole balance

Feeling good, with lots of energy to tackle your day requires more than just a good night's rest.

To keep our energy levels high we have to eat healthily and regularly, throughout the day.

Snacking on healthy food plays an essential role in filling the nutrient gaps in many diets:

> it keeps the feeling of hunger at bay
> it prevents people stuffing themselves at mealtimes
> it provides essential nutritional substances

And yet, sometimes, it can be a real challenge to choose the right snack: some promise an immediate fill of energy, but they fail to provide the substances which the organism needs to stay healthy.

This is why nutritionists recommend wholegrain cereals which are able to release energy substances more slowly, guaranteeing an ideal state throughout the day.

Many people believe that avoiding carbohydrates and starchy foods can help control their weight and make them feel less bloated. That couldn’t be further from the truth!

Those who have a balanced diet, including wholegrain bread and pasta and fiber-rich foods, tend to have: a lower weight, a slimmer waistline, and succeed in keeping their ideal weight for a longer period of time.

This is because wholegrain cereals and flours provide your body with:

> anti-oxidants
> fiber
> correct quantity of carbohydrates
> essential nutrients and phytonutrients
> vitamin B and vitamin B3

The glycemic index is lower; the energy level is more stable.
What can you do, though, to avoid the afternoon energy slump which affects many of us?

Ideas for a super energy snack

Eat regular meals starting from breakfast.
Eat healthy snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Prefer 100% wholegrain ancient cereals and wheat - four crispbreads a day guarantee 40% of your intake requirement – eat them with your favorite topping from this small “basket” of energy foods:

> avocado, tomato and salmon
> blended banana and  chopped almonds
> garbanzo or lentil hummus
> spreadable goat chees
> ricotta cheese, raisins and a tbsp of honey
> tuna, tomato and basil
> hard-boiled egg and tomato or cucumber