Beware of the so-called healthy snacks - cereal or protein bars can be loaded with sugar. Plus, they're expensive!
But just because we’re in a rush doesn’t mean we can’t do ourselves some good along the way.
Instead, stock up on these five simple foods, some of which can be carried around with you during the day and reached for in a rush. They’ll satisfy your snack craving while providing anti-ageing benefits to your skin and wellbeing and boosting your energy levels.
Almonds are packed with vitamin E and just one small handful delivers half your daily dose. When researchers from several leading medical schools in the US looked at the impact of different vitamins and minerals on speed, coordination and balance in older people, the only one that made a difference was vitamin E.
People with the weakest physical performance had the lowest levels of vitamin E, whereas more agile participants had decent amounts of the vitamin in their system. Researchers think it works by neutralising the free radicals in both your muscles and nervous system and skin. The results are that you will look and feel younger.
These little ruby red gems are a rich source of antioxidants which fights against free radical damage to help prevent premature aging. Research into pomegranates has revealed many other beneficial properties, including a substance called punicic acid, an Omega 5 fatty acid which may help maintain the elasticity of the skin as we age. They work really well sprinkled on your cereal, on a salad or just in a snack box.
Kefir or natural yoghurt
Kefir is a probiotic powerhouse, a fermented milk drink that you can find pretty much anywhere. Alternatively, natural probiotic yoghurt will do the same thing. The natural bacteria they contain have been proven to keep our digestive systems healthy. We are bombarded by antibiotics in farmed meat and dairy products and this, along with the routine prescription of antibiotics by doctors, depletes our good bacteria which need replacing.
There are so many exciting studies in relation to our gut health and ageing, so now more than ever it’s important to look after it. Please be careful not to choose a yoghurt which is loaded with sugar, which is not skin-friendly. Adding some honey to natural yoghurt is better if you have a sweeter tooth.
Hard boiled eggs
Take them with you to work, peel and eat, or simply chop into a fresh salad with some spinach leaves. They are packed full of protein which will keep you feeling fuller for longer and contain so many vitamins and minerals. Amongst these are Biotin, a hugely beneficial B vitamin to help with the renewal of our skin and hair.
Anyone with fine or thinning hair would do well to increase their intake of biotin. One beneficial antioxidant that eggs also contain is lutein which has major benefits for our eyesight as we age.
The reason why blueberries have such a strong colour is because they are full of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is a flavonoid which helps give blueberries their anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation is the major cause of skin ageing and causes wrinkles to appear, so this is where blueberries properties comes in. Eat a handful of blueberries every day to keep your skin looking younger.
For more tips, visit Stuart Miles' website MilesYounger.com