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					Delicious and nutritious snacking
options - Sweet potato fries and
            kale chips
• (NaturalNews) Snacking is often associated with unhealthy foods.
  The easiest foods to snack on are those that come out of a bag or
  box, and most foods that come prepackaged are heavily processed
  and full of unhealthy additives.
• There are some foods that are easy to prepare, delicious to eat, and
  have significant nutritional properties. Two healthy snacking
  alternatives to store-bought potato chips and trail mixes are sweet
  potato fries and kale chips.
                 Sweet Potato Fries

• Sweet potatoes are packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
  Vitamins A, B, and C are present in sweet potatoes along with
  manganese, potassium, and iron.
• Beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects cells from damaging
  free radicals, is abundant in sweet potatoes. Protecting against free
  radicals is critical to health, as free radicals contribute to the aging
  process and many chronic diseases.
• Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, containing four grams each on
  average. Fiber promotes proper digestion and increases satiety,
  making sweet potatoes a snack that actually promotes feeling full.
• Sweet potato fries can be made by cutting up a sweet potato,
  sprinkling on some sea salt and olive oil and then cooking the cut
  up sweet potato pieces in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30
  minutes.
                            Kale Chips

• Kale's nutritional content is very impressive as well. Only one cup of
  kale contains 180 percent of the recommended daily vitamin A, 200
  percent of the recommended vitamin C, and 1,020 percent of the
  recommended vitamin K. The extremely high vitamin K content
  in kale is conducive to keeping bones and tissues healthy.
• Lutein and zeaxanthin compounds exist in high levels in kale,
  promoting eye health. Kale is doubly beneficial for eyes because of
  its high vitamin A content.
• Kale chips are made by sprinkling sea salt and olive oil on the kale
  leaves and then cooking them in the oven at 250 degrees for 30
  minutes. The stems of kale can be eaten as well, but doesn't get
  crunchy like the kale leaves.
• Many of the vitamins found in sweet potatoes and kale are fat
  soluble, meaning the body can make the best use of them if they
  are consumed with dietary fat. Olive oil is a healthy source of fat,
  making it an excellent addition to sweet potatoes and kale.
• Snacking is an activity that most people engage in daily. Artificial
  foods are a common choice for in between meal eating, but they
  are often nutritionally empty. Sweet potato fries and kale chips are
  two snacking alternatives that have a lot more to offer from a
  nutrition standpoint.
• Sources for this article include:

   http://articles.baltimoresun.com
   http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/vitamink.html
   http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002400.htm

				
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