Snacking in between meals is wrongly frowned upon. It’s one of the biggest weight loss myths that exist, and could not be further from the truth.
As long as you are eating the right foods and maintaining healthy portions, then you are well on your way to seeing some great physical and mental results! You’ll stay full longer, have better energy levels, and even feel more rested due to a more peaceful slumber.
Oatmeal will keep you fuller for longer periods of time due to its jam-packed fiber count. This will help you eliminate your mid morning cravings. Throw some fruit and cinnamon on there and it’s golden!
4. Mixed Berry Ice Pops
Frozen fruit treats help dessert stay tasty while still being healthy and good for you. There’s no extra sugars added. Natural sugar is fine in proportion – it’s the artificial stuff that is always a no.
6. Healthy Deviled Eggs
Protein will help you stay full, so chow down on some deviled eggs that use alternatives to mayo! They make the best snack or side.
7. Spicy Yogurt Dip & Veggies
with a yogurt base you’ll get a spicy, healthy accompaniment with your vegetables.
Try this liquid version of a salad, or salsa as some call it, with kale chips, veggies, or low-fat pita chips!
Raspberries are another fruit loaded with vitamins and fiber, plus they help lower cholesterol. Throw them in oatmeal, yogurt or a smoothie and you’re good to go!
11. Cheesy Lemon Pepper Dip
This super easy dip is lemon pepper-spiced cottage cheese! The perfect dip for carrots.
12.Veggies with Almond Butter
Almond butter will keep you full for hours, so combine it with vegetables as a dip and you will get nutrients and satisfaction, all in one stop.
13. Sesame Squares
This delicious treat will keep you dreaming about it all day. Chill it in the fridge hours before eating.
For More Energy
Cut out crash-and-burn bites. If you’re looking for foods to power you through workouts and long hours on the job, skip starchy, low-fiber fixes (cookies, pretzels, and so on).
“For longer-lasting energy, eat a mix of protein, carbs, and fat, which don’t pass through the digestive system as quickly,” says Leslie Bonci, RD, director of sports medicine in the nutrition program at the University of Pittsburgh.
Some suggestions: trail mix (made with nuts, cereal, and dried fruit), peanut butter on rye crisps, or a whole wheat pita topped with low-fat cheese.
Eat an hour before you exercise. Running on empty doesn’t work — just ask your car! Have a snack that’s roughly two-thirds carbohydrates and one-third equal amounts of protein and fat.
Let the intensity of your workout determine the portion size. “If you’re doing 45 minutes of cardio plus 20 minutes of weights, you’ll expend 500 calories or more,” says Bonci. “A 100-calorie yogurt won’t cut it; aim for 250 to 300 calories.” Pre-workout snacks that fit the profile: a six-inch flour or corn tortilla spread with one tablespoon each of peanut butter and jelly plus a piece of fruit, or half a yogurt smoothie and a packet of instant oatmeal.
Eat within 20 minutes post-workout. Exercise draws energy from the glycogen that’s stored in the muscles and liver. “You’ll need to consume about 200 calories to replenish those stores,” says Bonci. Choose a snack containing both carbohydrates and protein, such as a glass of low-fatchocolate milk and an apple, or half of a turkey sandwich.