You’ll want to snag these fabulous weight loss snacks!
Do the words “tasteless,” “cardboard,” and “completely unsatisfying,” still come up when you think of healthy weight loss snacks or food in general? Haha! It’s true that words like “weight loss” and “snacks” do come up frequently in the same sentences, but it’s time to restore the true meaning of these words!
Allow me to introduce to you some snacks that are super efficient in helping you lose weight and are still yummy. I seriously believe food is first meant to be delicious and enjoyable. Healthy food has just gotten a really bad rap while the counterfeits to real food seem like the all we have left to run back to (I’ll rant on that elsewhere)!
So you have an idea of my initial criteria, but what are the others?
They have to be nutrient-dense whole/real foods where a little goes a long way; foods that contain protein and/or fibre.
Snack #1 Fresh Fruits
Research has shown that those who include more fruit i their diet enjoy better health (no surprise there!)
Although fruits have sugar, real whole fruits (not juice or dried and sweetened) come complete with fiber, water, enzymes as well as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants making the nutritional content great and naturally recognizable by your body for nutrient absorption, fueling for energy and digestion. Fresh fruits are also low-calorie.
Fiber will not only help in filling you up (“satiety”) but it will also manage and slow down the sugar release into your bloodstream. This will help in reducing the problematic spike in blood sugar.
There is plethora of fruit provided for us in nature and while you can enjoy them all, berries are among the fantastic in the superfood and fat-burning ranking. They go well with nuts 😉 Think hunter-gatherer style.
Tip: Regular, unsweetened frozen fruits are also an option for your fruit intake
Snack #2 – Nuts
Have you heard a lot about nuts having a lot calories and fat? It’s quite true, however they do not make you fat! Presuming we’re not talking about nuts with added processed sugars, salted, or of the honey roasted varieties – as those could probably make you fat.
And as with fruits, studies have also shown that those who include nuts in their snacks and meals tend to have a leaner physique and enjoy better health”
And also, because nuts are dense with not only fiber but protein, a little amount will go a long way in filling you up as well. They are nutrient dense as with vitamins and minerals.
Were you are that because almonds help in boosting your metabolism; is nutrient dense; and because 10% of the fat found in almonds is not absorbed by the body it is known to help you lose weight? I have them almost every day!
Tip: Get a handful of raw unsalted/unsweetened nuts into a bag or small container and toss it in your bag or purse.
Snack #3 – Chia Seeds
Chia is top in my list of favorites!
This very high fibre, nutrient-dense, seed contains protein and omega-3 fatty acids! It puts the super in superfood!
I mean when you find a simple whole food with Omega-3 and all these other essentials, I would eat it very often! Chia also provides you with antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium!
They uniquely great in hydrating as they soak up quite a bit of liquids when you let them sit for about 30 minutes or store them in water (or kombucha, kefir, real apple cider vinegar). Soaking them first is great to release it’s nutrient density and keep you from having to deal with phytic acids (the protective layer around seeds) and anti-nutrients. It makes a thick pudding when well soaked and that’ll really fill you up. I like to soak mine in some Kefir with coconut flakes and fruit. The fermented kefir also goes a long way in breaking down the Chia for digestion.
Tip: Add two tablespoons of Chia seeds in a cup with half a cup of nut milk or kefir and wait a few minutes. Add berries, nuts, and/or chopped fruit and even cinnamon and enjoy!
Snack #4 Boiled or Poached Eggs
As I’ve shared in so many other places, eggs are nutrient packed, with much of the nutrient coming from the yolk.
Eggs are also high-quality protein with vitamins and minerals. In our home, we call them protein bullets or protein balls!
Now you might be wondering about all that cholesterol talk. Well, recent, updated studies show that the cholesterol egg yolks is NOT linked to high cholesterol or an increase in the risk of heart disease!
Yes, you really read that right and that should set you free!
Tip: Keep a bunch of eggs boiled and in your fridge, ready to go, for a complete and nutritious snack! them in your fridge for a super-quick (and nutritious) snack!
Snack #5 Vegetables
Going beyond cliché knowledge, I’m sure you already know how great vegetables are for you. But how often do you think of them as snacks? Delicious and nutrient packed, let me build your excitement on why you need to include the min your snacks to go!
Veggies are great, containing fiber and hydrations power as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Do you see the consistent nutrient theme i hall these snack ideas?
So from chopped or baby carrots to cherry tomatoes and celery sticks that are already snack sized – rinse them easily and have them ready to go.
Tip: Have you tried almond butter with celery? Use dipping power for your veggies! Give my hummus recipe below a try!
Take charge of your health and weight-loss goal and getting into healthy snacking. Prepare them the night or even the week before. Take my word for it – you’ll forget the words “tasteless,” like “cardboard,” or “completely unsatisfying” as your taste buds and you body start enjoying the distinct flavors and nutrient benefits.
Makes approximately 2 Cups
1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained & rinsed
⅓ Cup, Tahini
1 Garlic Clove
2 Tbsp, Sesame Oil
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Dash, Salt
1 Dash, pepper
1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to thin it out with a bit of water, so add it 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time and blend.
Don’t like sesame? Use an avocado in place of the tahini, and olive oil in place of the sesame oil.
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