Healthy Snacks for Easy Weight Loss ~ Part 1
Disclaimer:I am not a health professional. Please seek the advice of your health professional before you change your diet, exercise program, or make any other lifestyle change.
Eating Healthy is a Lifestyle
It goes without saying that eating healthy meals on a regular basis is a wise thing to do to promote quality and longevity of life. There are many, many healthy recipes and snacks that taste absolutely incredible.
In addition to diet, there are other tips to assist you on your weight loss adventure. One way is by using a metabolic raising technique. If you substitute the American tradition of 3 medium to large meals per day to 6 small meals per day, it will speed up your metabolism. It is always best to eat more carbohydrates during the earlier part of the day and less at night. Each meal should include a high protein item, a complex carbohydrate, and as many vegetables as you would like.
Serving size is extremely important. A basic serving size guide is your own fist or palm. For example, the piece of meat you choose to eat shouldn’t be bigger than your palm. A sweet potato choice shouldn’t be any bigger than your fist.
Another healthy rule of thumb is to remember this simple phrase from Jillian Michaels, “If it doesn’t’ have a mother or come from the ground, don’t eat it”. This is referring to processed foods. Whole foods are always best for the body.
Water, water, water flushes out antioxidants, hydrates your body, and moisturizes your skin which makes you look younger. It is recommended that an adult human drinks between 64 and 90 ounces of water per day, depending on the amount and type of physical activity done each day.
Here are a few yummy recipes that I have discovered by being creative in my own kitchen:
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Lemon Tea with Fresh Fruit
8 ounces of hot water in a tea cup or coffee mug
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
2 small slices of apple or pear, 2 small slices of cantaloupe (or you can choose another fresh fruit of your choice)
1 teaspoon of sugar or artificial sweetener (optional)
Combine all ingredients in the cup or mug and heat to your preferred temperature and enjoy.
Nutritional information (with 1 teaspoon of sugar):
Total Fat: <1g
Cheese and Crackers
Feel free to substitute the fruits, nuts, or dressing. That could, however, change the nutritional information.
2 cups of baby spinach
1 cup of romaine lettuce
2 diced medium strawberries
1/8 cup of sliced almonds
2 tablespoons of low fat bleu cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons of fat free raspberry vinaigrette dressing
As many of your favorite fresh vegetables as you please
Combine all ingredients, chill and enjoy.
Total Fat: 11g
Other Healthy Tips
Fresh Fruit Dip (Fruit not included)
1/4 cup of non fat sour cream
1/8 cup of SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend (packed)
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Chill and enjoy with fresh fruit.
Nutritional information (This does NOT include the fruit):
Total Fat: 1g
Obesity has become a horrendous epidemic in this country, and it is causing major health problems including heart disease and diabetes. I cannot stress the importance of keeping yourself healthy by getting plenty of rest and exercise, drinking lots of water, and eating healthy.
Good luck to you, and embrace and enjoy this baby step to your new lifestyle!
"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen
God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan
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