Most of us know how easy it is to fall into old habits of picking your favorite snacks without considering what’s best for your health. When it comes to eating with bone health (and overall health) in mind, it’s essential that you look for nutrients that support healthy bones and a healthy boy.
We’ve heard for ages how important Calcium is for building strong bones, but some studies also show that pairing it with Vitamin D3 may be beneficial, since it’s the key for nutrient absorption. In fact, research has shown that other nutrients – Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C and Vitamin D3 – are just as essential supporting bone health as Calcium.
So don’t limit yourself to a glass of milk a day – there are plenty of other alternatives. When you pair nutritious eating with your once a week OsteoStrong session, you are giving your bones the chance to increase bone density while decreasing the risk of osteoporosis. Check out some of our favorite snacks for better bone health below and let us know in the comments what your favorite strengthening snack is!
Almond Butter…Great with Bananas or for Baking!
Spread your favorite almond butter on top of one medium banana for a nutritious and delicious snack. This pairing combines two nutrients – Calcium and Potassium – that together can help increase bone strength. At 112 milligrams of Calcium, two tablespoons of almond butter will get you 11 percent of your daily nutritional value. Paired with a banana, this delicious treat also offers 425 milligrams (12 percent of your daily intake) of Potassium, which studies show can be just as beneficial to bone health.
Almond butter can also be used in a variety of recipes and is a great ingredient for baking. If you’re looking for a little extra indulgence while still staying healthy, try out this Almond Butter Roasted Banana Bread – the perfect combination for bone-building baking.
Red & Green Peppers Paired with a Mediterranean-Inspired Dip
Red and green peppers are both high in Vitamin C – another hidden gem in maintaining bone health. This vitamin subdues bone-destroying cells, while simultaneously stimulating the production of bone-building cells. To kick up the flavor and health benefit, you can also pair bell peppers with a health-conscious dip.
Hummus is a key component of the Mediterranean diet, and research shows it may be beneficial for stronger bones. Not only is hummus a healthy and low-calorie snack, it is also high in protein, a building block in bone health. If bell peppers aren’t your favorite, feel free to substitute with some pita bread or another crunchy veggie, such as carrots.
The Sweet-Tasting Root Vegetable
While Vitamin D is essential for Calcium absorption, Magnesium plays an important role in activating this absorption. Generally, one sweet potato offers eight percent of your daily intake of Magnesium. These potatoes are high in Potassium, as well as Vitamins A and C, making it a superfood for a variety of health reasons.
From homemade sweet potato chips to oven roasted wedges, there are a plethora of amazing ways to enjoy all the benefits of sweet potatoes. For instance, one of the latest foodie trends is sweet potato toast. Not only is this dish taking the place of the avocado toast crave, it also a gluten-free, high-fiber and packed with healthy micronutrients.
Regardless of what snack speaks to your taste buds, we recommend checking the nutritional value of each ingredient to ensure you are grabbing nutrient and vitamin-heavy snacks that support your overall health. While healthy snacks are a great way to decrease your chances of developing osteoporosis, keep in mind that the link between nutrition and bone health is tenuous, and it is not the only way to stave off osteoporosis. OsteoStrong is an all-natural, research-backed solution that works in conjunction with your healthy habits to increase bone strength and provide relief from joint and back pain. In fact, it’s much more effective than nutrition and exercise (which are often talked about as osteoporosis treatments). To learn more, find an OsteoStrong location near you.