While pregnancy weight loss may be your main goal, following a healthy eating plan also has other benefits including increased energy and vitality, greater levels of fitness and better overall health.
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants is considered a good way to slow down aging, reduce stress in the body and protect against common diseases like cancer and heart disease.
The preventative benefits of eating antioxidant-rich foods are manifold, and luckily many foods high in antioxidants are easily sources from supermarkets to growers markets.
Here are 10 simple, highly-nutritious snacks that are high in antioxidants:
Soy-Linseed Toast with Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese and Blueberries
Blueberries are known for being one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world. While many people could happily snack on them straight from the punnet, pairing them with cream cheese and soy linseed bread is a good idea for a more substantial snack when you are hungry between meals.
Calories per serve: 282
10 Fresh Raspberries with a cup of Reduced-Fat Greek Yoghurt
Just behind blueberries in the antioxidant stakes, raspberries also offer a high amount of antioxidants as well as fibre and vitamins.
Calories per serve: 111
Made with green tea, spinach and kiwifruit, this low calorie smoothie is packed with antioxidants courtesy of the green tea and spinach.
Calories per serve: 193
Half an apple with handful of pecan nuts
While berries get lots of attention for being high in antioxidants, the humble apple also packs an antioxidant punch. Pair with a handful of antioxidant-rich pecans for a high-antioxidant, healthy snack.
Calories per serve: 152
Apart from being delicious, cherries are high in anthocyanins, an powerful antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
Calories per serve: 160 calories
A small handful of walnuts with 3 squares of dark chocolate
Walnuts carry a higher amount of antioxidants than most other nuts. Dark chocolate is known to carry high amounts of antioxidants. Choose a dark chocolate with a high cocoa content for added benefits.
Calories per serve: 209
5 x prunes with half an orange
Apart from being high in fibre, prunes are also one of the world’s greatest sources of antioxidants. Oranges also contain a fair amount of antioxidants so pair up a few prunes with half an orange for a super healthy snack.
Calories per serve: 141
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