Have you noticed how literally everyone is ill at the moment? Chews your snacks Wizely and eat healthily to give your immune system the boost it needs to avoid catching the latest colds and sniffles.
Meet Vic C Thunder and The A Team
Our resident nutritionist recommends these two snacks that pack an amazing immunity punch. Don’t succumb to hunger or boredom and grab the first snack in sight. Plan ahead! By choosing wise snacks, you can help your body beat the bugs. Wise snacks have other major benefits too, like lessening your guilt when you eat between meals and making your gym workouts that much more effective.
Choose Wise Snacks - Need a pick me up? Tummy grumbling? Reach for Vit C Thunder or The A Team
About Vit C Thunder
A scrumptious combination of mango, orange, unsweetened bananas, pineapple and coconut shavings, Vit C Thunder is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
The Orange, Mango and Pineapple gives you plenty of goodness, whilst the fiber balances the naturally occurring sugars to give you a super healthy pick-me-up. And with less than 150 Calories per serving, this super immunity boosting snacks won’t derail your diet!
Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C protects against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and even skin wrinkling.
According to recent research, vitamin C may offer health benefits in these areas:
1. Stress - Vitamin C is beneficial to individuals whose immune system is weakened due to stress. Because vitamin C is one of the nutrients sensitive to stress, and the first nutrient to be depleted in alcoholics, smokers, and obese individuals, it makes it an ideal marker for overall health.
2. Colds - There is good evidence that taking vitamin C for colds and flu can reduce the risk of developing further complications, such as pneumonia and lung infections.
3. Stroke – Research shows that those with the highest concentrations of vitamin C in their blood were associated with 42% lower stroke risk than those with the lowest concentrations.
4. Skin Aging - Vitamin C affects cells on the inside and outside of the body. Studies found that higher vitamin C intakes were associated with a lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance, dryness of the skin, and a better skin-aging appearance.
5. Development & Repair of Body Tissues - Vitamin C is involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. It is also one of many antioxidants that can protect against damage caused by free radicals, toxic chemicals and pollutants like cigarette smoke. Free radicals can build up and contribute to the development of cancer, heart disease and arthritis.
The foods richest in vitamin C are citrus fruits, green peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, white potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Other good sources include dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, papaya, mango, watermelon, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, red peppers, raspberries, blueberries, winter squash, and pineapples.
Extra Chews Wize Snackspirations:Try mixing Vit C Thunder with some Greek yogurt for a creamy, tangy breakfast to start the day right.
This is called the A-Team because it’s a firm favourite amongst our team, plus, it packs a serious antioxidant punch. It’s loved for its tangy Turkish mulberries and gooseberries and the crunchy cacao bits with brazil nuts. Delish! This is another Wize source of fiber, protein and lots of vitamins and minerals and antioxidants to boost your ailing immunity and fight those free radicals! The A Team is also a great source of plant-based protein that helps keep blood pressure low and the mulberries provide the Vitamin C. Now that’s a winning combo!
The A Team Benefits:
Antioxidants are powerful substances derived largely from fresh fruits and vegetables that prohibit the oxidation of other molecules in the body. The benefits of antioxidants are very important to good health, because if free radicals are left unchallenged, they can cause a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases.
With all the pollution we sadly have in Hong Kong, it’s important to increase your intake of antioxidants for optimum health. Because the body just can't keep up with antioxidant production, a good amount of these antioxidants must come from your diet. Boosting your antioxidant intake can protect your body against problems with the heart, eyes, memory, mood and immune system.
People are starting to recognize the importance of protein in the diet. Protein keeps us feeling fuller for longer so keeping the hunger pangs at bay, as well as being an essential macro nutrient for maintaining energy, lean muscle and to aid in fat loss.
So avoid those sugary, convenient sweet treats that leave you feeling guilty and give you energy highs and lows. Instead, snack wizely on foods that work for your body! As Hannibal from The A-Team TV Series says… “The best defense is a good offense”, so get your A Team snack open and start building your immunity defense!
Extra Chews Wize Snackspirations:
Try adding The A Team with Chia seeds for a delicious dessert style breakfast. Simply soak the chia seeds overnight in coconut milk or almond milk with a little honey or coconut nectar. And in the morning add your A Team snack plus any other favourite toppings with a dollop of Greek yogurt.
Ways to work more fruits and veggies into your diet each day:
- Add pureed or grated fruits and veggies to recipes from muffins to breakfast cereals and soups.
- Prepare fruits and veggies for quick snacking.
- Include vegetables in all your sandwiches.
- Throw a handful of dried fruit on top of your cereal or yogurt and keep a handy bag of dried fruit and nut snacks in your handbag for easy snacking on the go.
The bottom line? Most people don’t get enough Vitamin C and other essential nutrients. The recommendation is to eat a varied diet rich in all nutrients for optimum health and consider taking a daily multivitamin. Stay healthy!