It isn’t meals that most people struggle with when they want to lose weight? It’s what goes on between their meals.
Nutritionists agree that what we snack on between meals can make the difference between weight loss success and failure.
Why? Because it’s all too easy to reach for unhealthy snacks. They are around us everywhere we look. At the petrol station counter, at shop checkouts, in our fridge, in our drawers and cupboards, and even in our secret drawers and cupboards!
Unhealthy snacking can lead to binge eating, because most of the snack foods that are readily available don’t satisfy us nutritionally and leave us wanting more.
Snacking on the wrong things doesn’t make us fat overnight, but over time, consuming extra calories from crisps, soft drinks, chocolate, sweets, and pastries can lead to weight gain, and an increase in body fat percentage.
The risk of being overweight is greater chance of life threatening diseases including heart disease and cancer, and generally a poorer standard of living.
The goods news? There are plenty of healthy snacks you can enjoy between meals, and they can make you feel satisfied until your next meal.
When you snack healthy you will have greater chance of sticking to your daily calorie allowance, and you will feel better too by eating more nutritionally-dense food.
Here are some healthy snack ideas you can dive into immediately:
- 1 apple or pear, 15 almonds
- 1 cup of carrot, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing as a dip
- 1 cup low fat cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries/blueberries/apple/grapes
- 1 Vi Nutra Cookie
- 4 celery sticks, 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 12 wholemeal pitta chips, 3 tablespoons hummus
- 1 sliced apple, 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 2 sticks mozzarella cheese strings
- 1 cheese stick, 1 small apple
- 2 slices turkey meat, 1 slice Swiss cheese
- 4 oz tuna, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 pack Vi Bites
Recognise you are going to snack – and prepare for it!
Stock up on the ingredients to make your favourite healthy snacks, and take them with you to school, or work so you are prepared for those snack attacks as and when they happen.
Don’t be ashamed about snacking. Snacking between meals on the right things can help you to reach your weight goals faster, and make your calorie controlled diet easier to stick to.
What is your favourite healthy snack? Let us know in the reply section below.
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