Who would think that snacking and weight loss go hand in hand to help you shed pounds and get in shape? Most people assume that snacking is responsible for weight gain. It does the exact opposite as snacking between meals serves as fuel for your body. A few small healthy snacks throughout the day can help increase your metabolism and help you lose weight.
Most of us are accustomed to three square daily meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner and that’s it. Now life has become so busy and fast paced, we eat when time permits and skip important meals especially breakfast and sometimes lunch. Skipping breakfast or lunch leaves us dragging, irritable and hangry (hungry and angry).
Don’t be the one at the office with the angry stomach, growling and interrupting staff meetings. When you finally get home you may tend to over stuff when dinner time comes. You usually aren’t doing many things to burn energy after dinner so it is best to snack between breakfast and lunch when you are up and moving about. Have a smaller meal portion at dinner helps cut calories and you won’t go to bed hungry.
Healthy snacking throughout the day can turn you from hangry to happy! Vending machine snacks are not the best cure for hangry because the sugar, salt and preservatives in those snacks can make you more sluggish a later in the day.
You won’t find proper nutrients in a vending machine. Healthy snacks that include fruits, nuts, veggies, proteins, carbohydrates and dairy to give you the boost of energy you need to keep you happy and alert all day.
Your metabolic resting rate increases from simply eating and digesting, so daytime snacking actually burns calories from basic functions like talking, thinking and breathing. Depriving yourself of nutritious snacks is not a healthy way to live.
Healthy Snacks you will Love
Prepare some healthy snacks to take on the go or buy some that you can toss in your purse or gym bag. Either way have snacks available everyday so you can avoid the vending machine and feeling hangry.
Here are fifteen healthy snacks you can try and not feel guilt about eating them in moderation during the day.
- Mixed nuts or fruit & nuts trail mix
- Yogurt and fruit parfait
- Peanut butter dip with apples, celery or both
- Dark chocolate covered strawberries
- Hummus and veggies
- Kale chips
- Dried veggies and ranch dip
- Breakfast fruit bars
- Mozzarella, cherry tomatoes in vinaigrette
- Boiled eggs
- Rolled cold cuts with pickles
- Beef jerky sticks or turkey sticks
- Fruit(bananas, grapes, oranges, blueberries)
- Cheese and wheat crackers
- Smoothies or pudding with chia seeds
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Now that you have some ideas on healthy snack options, give them a try and find out that snacking and weight loss works. Exercise is just as important in losing weight while you snack to gain energy to burn.
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