How to Drop 10 Pounds by Snacking
We all know how it goes. You are trying to lose weight, but as the afternoon rolls around that hunger pang distracts your day. Eating is a choosing game. But how you choose makes all the difference. Will you blow your whole day by choosing an unhealthy, calorie rich snack? Or can you make a smart choice and still enjoy that afternoon snack without pigging out on all of the rest of the days calories. You do not need that fattening and greasy bag of chips to satisfy that rumbling in your tummy. There are plenty of yummy snacks out there that taste great and won't pack on the bulge!
Learn how to snack and still be healthy without swearing off those much needed in between meal snacks. Studies have shown that those who avoid eating in between means generally end up consuming more calories by the end of the day by over eating. That does not have to be you any longer. So, when your famished, nibble down on some of these healthy snacks and you can thank me for your skinny waistline later!
Fruits and Vegetables
We all know fruits and vegetables are a super food that is super healthy for you. They also make the perfect snack. They are also good as on-the-go snacks. Carrots, celery sticks, grapes, berries, apples and so on and so forth are all easily totable. Fruits and vegetables also have their own superfood benefits. For example, did you know that berries are chocked full of antioxidants and fiber? Those two alone are wonderful for you body. Add the shrinking to your waistline and you have got the perfect recipe for an any time of day snack! There are also many variations from frozen, to preserved, pre-packaged, dried, and canned but always keep in mind that fresh is always the best choice. You can even blend it all up for a super energizing smoothie!
Nuts and Seeds
Fats...yes! We are talking about the healthy fats though. Like those you find in nuts, peanut butter, and seeds.No matter what time of day or where I go, I always have some sort of nuts or seeds with me. They are a quick easy and energizing snack for anytime of day. Plus they have a pretty good protein amount. Be careful not to go overboard though, just a handful will do. My absolute favorite are almonds. Opt for all natural instead of salted. The salt content in most nuts or seeds is very high.
Luckily, I have found some stores that carry some of my favorite brands in portion size pouches and for a mere $1.00, how could you not stock up! Peanut butter toast with a cup of fruit on the side, and you have a healthy, balanced breakfast!
Who does not love popcorn? It's a go to snack for many especially when you just want to curl up on the couch and watch a movie. But did you know that popcorn also has antioxidants? Yes, it's true. Just one serving of popcorn provides 13% of your daily intake of antioxidants. Of course, you can only get the healthy benefits of popcorn when it's not drenched in butter and salt.You can get a nice 3-cup serving and it has less than 100 calories. Now that is something to get excited about! Popcorn also has as much fiber as one cup of brown rice. And the best part is, there are a ton of toppings out there to make an even tastier healthy treat! Check out some of those toppings below.
Beef Jerky? No way! Yes, you heard it right. Beef Jerky is a yummy snack that's packed full of protein. You need plenty of protein in your diet to be healthy and it helps to suppress your appetite. The only problem with this delicious snack is the sodium content. Be sure to read all food package labels and pick one with a fairly low sodium content. A lot of salt in your diet ultimately leads to bloating. You also want to make sure to drink plenty of water to replace any water salt strips from your body. For an even healthier variation, try turkey jerky. It is just as yummy!
There are many different variations of yogurt out there, so you want to make sure you pick the ones that are healthy for a good diet. Greek yogurt is at the top with many benefits to your diet. You want to stay away from ones that have a lot of sugar, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. The plainer the yogurt, the better it is for you. If the taste of plain yogurt turns your stomach as much as it does mine, not to worry as there are plenty of healthy ways to fancy up that yogurt in ways that are yummy and still great for your waistline. Try adding some fresh fruit to your yogurt for a sweet tooth, or some all natural granola for a great morning pick me up and energy.
My life would cease to exist if I couldn't have my peanut butter! But guess what? It doesn't have to because peanut butter is great for a healthy diet as long as it is eaten in moderation. Think in the morning on a piece of whole grain toast, or a healthy snack in the afternoon with celery or apples you can dip in peanut butter. My favorite treat? Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are to die for! Be sure to pick an all natural peanut butter with a low sodium and low sugar content.
Water is one of the best tools out there for a good diet and a healthy lifestyle. So, why am I including it on a healthy snack list? For many reasons, water helps in dropping pounds in any individual. It has ZERO everything. Zero calories, zero carbohydrates, zero sugar, and zero sodium. Just think about how calories you could save by replacing one or more soft drinks a day with a tall, cold glass of water! Water is essential for keeping us flushed out and hydrated. When you incorporate water into your everyday routine, it won't be long for you to notice the difference. You'll have more energy, clearer skin, softer hair, and so much more.
One of the most valuable features of water is it is a complete appetite suppression. The majority of people out there mistake their thirst for hunger, so they eat more and drink less leading ultimately to dehydration. Before any meal or snack, try drinking a full glass of water. Then wait a few minutes and see if your hunger goes away. If it did that was your thirst calling out for your attention!
Let Me Know!
How often do you include healthy snacks into your everyday life?
Fuel your body, don't stuff your body!
As always, be sure to consult a physician before trying any weight loss regimen. Your physician will have the best advice for you. Also, with any healthy lifestyle, exercise is also recommended. Be sure to keep all your meals healthy and balanced, not just your snacks. Yes, that includes dessert! Dessert can be healthy, too. Instead of a heaping bowl of ice cream, try an all natural frozen fruit bar, or a bowl of fresh strawberries or any fruit of your choice and some low-fat whipped topping to dip them in. Delicious! Happy eating everyone!