Have you ever been at work and hunger struck you out of the blue? You ate your lunch already, and there are still a few more hours to go before you can partake of dinner. That’s when you find yourself at the vending machine getting a snack that has just as many calories as a small meal. A little preparation could prevent this dilemma and improve your health, instead of harming it.
Nuts are a great option for a quick snack. A handful will not only curb your appetite; it could also improve your eyesight. For instance, one ounce of almonds has about half of your daily dose of vitamin E, which slows macular degeneration. Still not sold on the benefits of nuts? Maybe taking a look at pistachios will help. They not only contain vitamin E; they also contain a significant amount of lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases such as cataracts, making pistachios one of the best nuts for improving your eyesight. If you want to add even more eye-boosting power to your snack, combine your almonds and pistachios with cashews and dark chocolate chips. Dark chocolate not only tastes good, but it contains flavonoids that protect the blood vessels in your eyes. To make sure you get the full health benefits of this nut mix, choose chocolate with a large amount of cacao, and avoid nuts that are heavily salted or roasted in oils. Once you store this snack in your desk drawer for the afternoon munchies, you’ll have a quick way to boost your eyesight– and not your waistline.
Cashew, Almond, Pistachio Mix with Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/3 cup dry, roasted almonds
- 1/3 cup pistachios, salted and shelled
- 1/3 cup natural cashews
- 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and enjoy.