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6 Snacks that Promote Weight-Loss

When many of us were growing up, healthy eating meant three square meals a day, and anything in between would “spoil your dinner.” However, as the field of nutrition has developed, research has found that your body may benefit from snacks throughout the day to keep at peak performance. The catch: those snacks should be healthy! Also, instead of following some strict preset meal time and frequency, it is best to listen to your body and eat when it is hungry. 

Healthy, conscious snacking keeps your metabolic engine running smoothly all day, helping your body process and digest food constantly and in small amounts. This is much easier on your digestive system than trying to process three large meals. Incorporating healthy snacks can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your energy levels at their best.

Here are some good snack options:

Fresh Fruit

Pick your favorites and enjoy. I always keep a couple apples on me for emergency snack options. They are easy to pack, provides lots of fiber, great nutrient source, low in calories and filling.


Yogurt with Fruit

This is a great combination of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Greek yogurt or a non-dairy yogurt with fruit and flax seeds. Avoid yogurts with added sugars.


Fresh Fruit & Nuts

Pick your favorite fruits and add a handful of nuts like almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, etc. Try to avoid peanuts. The fruit plus fat will sustain you and your blood sugar leaving you feeling satisfied.


Smoothies

Smoothies, especially green smoothies, are a perfect snack, and a great addition to a weight loss plan because they can pack a big nutritional punch and are easy to digest. Adding avocados, spinach, or kale for major health benefits like vitamins and fiber, and throw in berries, apples, cherries, almond butter, or bananas for protein and flavor.


Vegetables and Hummus

Cucumbers, snap peas, peppers, cauliflower, and broccoli are great veggie options. Choose your favorite veggies and enjoy until full. Go for homemade or organic hummus and avoid those with additives.


Oatmeal

Avoid those with added sugar! Top with fresh fruits and nuts. If you need a little more sweetness add, organic honey, agave or stevia.


Here is one of my favorite smoothie recipes:

1 handful leafy greens (i.e. kale, spinach, etc.)
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 banana (optional)
1 1/2 cups coconut water or coconut water kefir
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Blend all the ingredients and consume.

Letting your car’s gas tank get to “E” before filling up strains the engine. The same goes for your body. Keeping healthy snacks on hand and as a part of your daily diet will keep your metabolism operating at its best. Enjoy!


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