Snack The Right Way To Keep The Pounds Away!

Snack

These days we live on the go and it’s very easy to skip meals simply because of losing track of time. Instead of eating 3 large meals per day people are merging to having smaller, ‘on-the-go’ meals. On a positive note, this timesaving way of eating is actually more beneficial than the traditional ‘three square meals a day’ recommendation that your grandparents swore by.

Now, when we say ‘on-the-go’ meals we’re not talking about fast foods, crackers or “100 calorie” chocolate chip cookies. We’re talking about REAL food which includes: raw nuts, fresh fruit, smoothies and crisp vegetables. When you snack on these wholesome foods you give your body the nutrients it needs to function at its best, which is important for weight loss.

The Benefits of Snacking right:

  1. Prevents extreme hunger and overeating

When we don’t eat regularly throughout the day we become so hungry that when we finally do eat, it’s hard for us to tell the difference between what our bodies want and what they actually need. This leads to overeating. Snacking every 3-4 hours helps fight the tendency to overeat because it prevents extreme hunger [1].

  1. Provides long-lasting energy

Eating small meals throughout the day can reduce energy slumps. [4] According to Harvard Health Publications, “this approach can reduce your perception of fatigue because your brain, which has very few energy reserves of its own, needs a steady supply of nutrients”[5]. As long as you choose healthy foods, regular snacking can help keep you awake and alert —preventing the dreaded ‘midday slump’.

  1. Assists in balancing blood sugar levels

Balancing your blood sugar levels is essential for weight loss. Since our blood sugar levels dip every 3-5 hours after we eat, it’s important to eat more frequently to prevent this, and keep our blood sugar levels stable.[2] Snacking assists with maintaining a fast metabolism[3], which is crucial for weight management.

So, if you haven’t already, let’s make it a goal to prep ahead and never skip meals again. I like to carry small sandwich bags with me full of baby carrots, sugar snap peas and even berries. Choice Bars I also keep around in my glove compartment or in my bag. It has sufficient protein to keep me satisfied. You will notice such an improvement not only in every but also in promoting healthy digestion as you are eating more raw, fresh foods thought the day!

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More Healthy Snacks Ideas:

Almonds, cashews and pistachios
These nuts are packed with nutrients and are low in carbohydrates. They are also a great source of protein and healthy fat.

Apples, berries, bananas and grapes
Fruit is a great source of antioxidants, and its natural sweetness can also help satisfy sugar cravings. Fruit is also dense in fiber and vitamins.

Carrots, bell peppers, celery and cucumber
Vegetables contain many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, folate (folic acid) and vitamins A, E and C. Top Tip: Dip in hummus or peanut butter.

Yogurt
Yoghurt contains probiotics and supplies protein, calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium. Yoghurt also assists with keeping your digestive system healthy.

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Backed Apple Chips Recipe

No need to have potato chips when you can have baked apple chips! This delicious, crunchy snack is sweet and savory; ideal for crushing those junk food cravings! If you get them from your local farmers market, even better!

Ingredients:

· 3 apples
· Cinnamon
Directions:

Preheat oven to 200°F. Cut apples in thin slices (we recommend using a Mandoline Slicer). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place apple slices on top. Bake for 1 hour. Flip apple slices, then continue baking for another hour. After baking for 2 hours total, turn off oven. Allow apples to stay inside oven for one hour – this helps add that extra crunch. Enjoy!

 

 

[1]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10997651

[2]http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/meal-planning/healthy-snacking-benefits.aspx

[3]http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/meal-planning/healthy-snacking-benefits.aspx

[4]http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/eating-to-boost-energy

[5]http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/eating-to-boost-energy