VIPKid Health: Best Superfood Snacks

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Snackin’ is a global pastime, so make sure you’re doing it right!

Superfood is a term that’s popped up in recent times, supposedly in a bid to make average foods feel bad about themselves. Usually we don’t condone this kind of behavior, but when you get a pair of hotdogs sporting sausage overcoats and wrapping themselves up in a blanket of bacon… well, they’re kind of asking for it.

All aboard the smoothie superfoods train!

Superfoods refer to foods that are packed with substantially more vitamins or nutrients than other foods. As a replacement for your meals they’re not a whole lot of fun, but by snacking on them from time to time, you can really give your body a boost for those long days teaching online.

About to reach for the Doritos? Try some of these instead…

Almonds

Remember when everyone thought Obama only ate seven lightly salted almonds every night? Until he clarified that actually he might even eat up to 11. Well, he’s onto a good thing no matter how many almonds he eats.

Almonds, unlike rusty water pipes or old coins, are great to suck on for that extra dose of copper and magnesium. Almonds are also a source of grade A protein and unsaturated (healthy) fats. Perfect for a long day imparting knowledge to your students. 

Blueberries

If you’re suffering from a case of bacaphobia (the fictional fear of berries I just made up), it’s time to get over it. Only one person in the history of the world has borne witness to the malicious side of blueberries, and that’s Violet Beauregarde.

Blueberries are usually very well-mannered and do their utmost to stock you up with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and Manganese. They’re widely considered one of the most nutrient-dense berries around too.

Want to know the best part? Because they’re 85% water, a full cup of blueberries contains only 84 calories and 15 grams of carbs. Snack away while you empower and inspire your little kiddies through the screen. 

Coconuts

Coconuts are one of the most versatile things in the world. Their coir (fancy word for coconut hair) makes mats, brushes and ropes. Their husks and shells can be burnt for fuel, used as pots and utensils and even turned into instruments. And their water can be, you guessed it, drunk. 

On top of that impressive resume, they still have their “meat”. This is where the snacking comes in. Coconut meat contains healthy fats, nutrients and is high in lauric acid making these anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite (phew) chunks of goodness the perfect snack!

Dates

Dates come in all shapes and sizes. Some offer to pay the bill, while others have been in the restroom for a worrying amount of time. Lucky those are not the dates we’re talking about here.

No, we’re talking about the most popular super food snack in history. So popular in fact, that people were munching on them while watching sunsets over the Arabian peninsula, more than 7000 years ago!

Dates are one of the fruits with the highest concentration of polyphenols – the antioxidant compounds that protect the body from inflammations. They’re also a great alternative to “empty-calorie” sweets. You’re not going to get many vitamins and iron from a fistful of Red Vines that’s for sure.

Goji Berries

They may look like raisins that forgot the sun cream at home, but these little wrinkly berries are anything but absent-minded grapes. Goji berries contain all 8 essential amino acids, vitamin A, C, zinc and iron! What’s more, a handful of berries makes up almost 10% of your daily need of protein. Just like your VIPKid students, talk about dynamite coming in small packages.

If you’re a porridge kind of person, toss a small handful into hot water before adding them to your bowl. They’ll soften up in just a few seconds and become a healthier alternative to raisins.

Since goji berries are so full of “healthy stuff”, if you suffer from blood pressure related issues it’s better to speak to your doctor before replacing your entire pantry with small red berries.

Get in on some of these healthy snacks and feel full of energy in the online classroom!