If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love this healthy snack idea – chopped apple, raspberries and yoghurt.
It will not only help to keep your weight down, but it will also provide you with numerous health benefits.
Health benefits of apple
Apple is a sweet, crunchy fruit that is jam-packed with nutrients. Apples have the ability to fight off potentially damaging free radicals and which are known to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.
Apples are also packed with dietary fibre, which is known to help regulate weight as it can prevent you from overeating as it keeps you full.
It can also improve digestive health, reducing your risk of bowel cancer. Apples can also reduce your cholesterol levels, by binding to plaque within the arteries, preventing it from solidifying on the artery walls – and low cholesterol levels are associated with a lower risk of heart disease and related illnesses.
Apples are also low in calories, containing just 53 calories in one medium apple.
Health benefits of raspberries
Raspberries are also packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients – and these antioxidants have long been associated with a lessened risk of certain types of cancers, including breast, colon, cervical and prostate cancers. In studies involving these types of cancers, raspberry phytonutrients have been known to reduce levels of oxidative stress and to reduce inflammation, which in turn alters the development of cancer cells.
Recent research has also suggested that two compounds found in raspberries, raspberry ketone and tiliroside, could potentially boost fat burning by increasing metabolism. Enzymes found in raspberries could also decrease the activity of a fat-digesting enzyme within the body, decreasing the amount of fat that we absorb from our food.
Aside from that, raspberries are delicious – and nutritious, containing just 64 calories in one whole cup of fruit.
Health benefits of yoghurt
Yoghurt is a super healthy foodstuff that is much, much easier to digest than milk. Because it contains live cultures, it makes digestion really easy – and these live cultures will also improve digestive and bowel health.
Yoghurt boosts colon health due to the enzymes it contains, but also due to the calcium it contains – as calcium is known to improve colon health by decreasing the risk of colon cancer.
Yoghurt also helps to increase the amount of nutrients you take in from other food stuffs, and it also helps to heal parts of your body following infection.
Yoghurt is also a source of calcium and research has shown that calcium can boost fat loss – all you need to do is include 2 portions of calcium, such as low fat yoghurt, milk or cheese, in your everyday diet and you’ll see a boost to your weight loss. Low fat yoghurt is also low in calories too, making it a great choice for a calorie-controlled diet.
How to enjoy your snack
We recommend a portion of 1 cup of raspberries, 1 medium apple and 100g yoghurt. 100g yoghurt contains around 70 calories depending on brand, so this snack contains just 187 calories. Enjoy it as it is, or pad it out for breakfast with a handful of granola, or pep it up a bit with a sprinkle of nuts and a drizzle of runny honey.
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