4 Excellent Snack Options for People Living With Hepatitis C
Four Snacks that Subdue Hepatitis C
Everyone’s pace is different; some with Hepatitis C work part-time, are unemployed or are retired. Others with Hepatitis C are chasing toddlers around non-stop, own their own business, work two jobs to make ends meet, or put in 60+ hours a week to earn a living. Based on this variability, grabbing a snack means different things to different folks.
The following four snack ideas vary greatly to match up with the range in people’s cook/prep time availability:
- Crudités with hummus or black beans – Raw vegetables such as carrot, celery, bell pepper and cucumber or blanched vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower provide a range of antioxidants and plenty of fiber. Both hummus and black beans are vegan and high in protein. Vegan sources of protein are one of the better options for Hepatitis C because they typically do not contain saturated fat. (Ideally, choose hummus or black beans that are low in sodium.)
- Protein shake – With access to a blender, a carefully chosen protein shake (like Natural Wellness’ UltraNourish) can help satisfy hunger between meals while simultaneously providing liver support. Look for a shake that contains plenty of protein, preferably derived from a vegan protein source like pea. In addition, choose a shake that contains an abundance of antioxidants and fiber with very little sugar, trans fat and saturated fat.
- Salad with lean meat and nuts – Mix fresh, well-washed greens (especially the bitter ones like arugula and dandelion) dressed with some olive oil and lemon juice with a handful of pumpkin seeds and a few pieces of grilled chicken breast for a power snack designed for liver wellness. Bitter greens not only provide antioxidants and fiber, but also stimulate bile movement through the liver. Olive oil and pumpkin seeds contain healthy fat, lemon juice contains antioxidants and also stimulates bile movement, and chicken breast is a good source of lean protein. This option is a bit time consuming to prepare, but is a healthy and tasty snack option!
- Protein bars – Easy to carry around and consume on the go, protein bars are excellent choices for those with little time to fix a snack. However, not all protein bars are created equally. The protein bar should contain protein (from a vegan source), fiber, antioxidants and healthy fat – while also being low in sugar, calories and saturated or trans fats. In addition, the ideal protein bar should be comprised of whole foods without any chemical additives.
The four snack ideas above are intended to serve as an idea generator, to help get you thinking about how in-between meal snacking can best serve you. Whether you have the time to prepare a thoughtfully constructed salad or need a good protein bar to toss in your bag, make sure your snacks help your liver stay strong as it engages in its daily battle against Hepatitis C.
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