Just because you’re watching your calories, doesn’t mean your snacks can’t be delicious…and you may be surprised that these 7 snack ideas aren’t THAT low in calories…pic
Did you hear that?
Nope, it wasn’t a text, tweet, or TMZ update…its 3 o clock and your stomach just made a noise that sounded like something out of Paranormal Activity.
You are HUNGRY!
Should you head to Starbucks to grab a caramel frappachino and scone? Or how about swinging by the convenience store to grab chips and a diet coke?
If you said HECK NO! You are well on your way to a healthy fat-burning body. You know what to say NO to.
But what should you say YES to?
To curb and satisfy your mid-day hunger, fuel up on medium-calorie, which fuel you up, boost energy levels, and, of course, you’ll stop scaring your co-workers with your weird stomach noises.
Warning: mindless snacking will lead to turning those high-quality snacks into a WHOLE meal or worse excess belly fat.
Solution: Be conscious of your calories and eat whole foods!
That said, snacking doesn’t have to be a caloric bottomless pit; simply keep the snacks around 100 to 200 calories. And the added bonus is that these healthy snacks are packed with essential micronutrients, fiber, healthy fats, and ALWAYS protein.
1.) GMO-Free Popcorn
To satisfy any salty and crunchy cravings, popcorn does the trick. And since, it’s filled with air you’ll think that you’re eating more. Unknown to many, popcorn is heart-friendly due to its high polyphenol content, and it counts as a whole grain. When looking for healthy popcorn, check out Buddha Bowl Popcorn.
Just 3 cups contain 114 calories, plus it only has 3 ingredients: corn, coconut oil (the healthiest oil on the planet), and salt.
2.) Hummus and Carrots
Hummus is the perfect hunger satisfying snack.
Sure, you can buy hummus at the grocery store. Various kinds are everywhere. But come on, it is so easy and quick to make (and much better tasting!) that you can’t pass on this.
- 4 carrots, washed and cut into strips
- 1 small can garbanzo beans
- 4 tbsps lemon juice
- 2 tbsps tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a food processor, pulse half of the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
- Add the other half of the garbanzo beans to the food processor, then process for 1 minute more, until thick and smooth. Add cold water if necessary to achieve the consistency you want.
- Scrape the hummus into a bowl and sprinkle with paprika.
- Arrange carrots or gluten-free crackers and/or any other Healthy Fat Loss Approved sides with your hummus!
To avoid overeating hummus, portion control is important. Try scooping out a serving rather than dipping into a large container, or purchase individual-sized packs instead of a large tub. To cut calories, use vegetables such as carrots, snap peas, celery, broccoli, or tomatoes to dip instead of pita chips and pretzels.
3.) Papaya and Grass-Fed Cheese
Don’t pass on the papaya. Loaded with beneficial digestive enzymes, papaya will not only fuel your body, but it will soothe your digestion, in case you decided to eat a “not so healthy” breakfast or mid-morning snack.
Remember, one bad meal doesn’t mean you should give up on your entire day!
Use this papaya and grass-fed cheese combo to get back on track.
Serving: 1 cup of papaya and 2 oz. of organic cheese
4.) Sweet Potato Chips
Another salty but crunchy snack are chips. Unfortunately, store-bought chips usually contain oils that can destroy your health and metabolism.
Instead keep it healthy by making your own: sweet potato chips or potato chips.
For sweet potato chips, peel two sweet potatoes and thinly slice them. Then take a paper towel and pat dry the slices, followed by placing each slice on a baking sheet. Drizzle coconut oil over the slices, and sprinkle sea salt. Bake them in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes.
Pro-Tip: Believe it or not, you can now BUY coconut oil potato and sweet potato chips. Check out Jackson’s and Boulder Canyon brands.
5.) Almond Butter Banana Boats
Almond butter has a significant edge over peanut butter. With more nutrients, minerals, and a higher monounsaturated fat content, choose almonds over peanuts.
Here’s what to do: Slice a banana in half, long ways. Add ½ Tbsp. almond butter to one half and ½ Tbsp. to the other half.
Bringing your total snack calories to a little less than 200.
6.) Frozen Grapes and a Hard-Boiled Egg
Frozen grapes are nature’s skittles.
Simply rinse the grapes in cold water, and throw them into a plastic bag — freezing them until they’re solid.
Any grapes will do, but just so you know red grapes are higher in antioxidants, specifically resveratrol. Resveratrol has been linked to decreasing the risk for heart disease.
If you don’t have access to a hard-boiled to balance out your snack, you can try 2 oz. of organic cheese or 2 slices of deli turkey, roast beef, or ham.
7.) Grass-Fed Beef Jerky and a Pear
If you want to have a perfectly fine-tuned fat-burning body, eating organic animal protein is a MUST. A good rule of thumb for meat-eaters is to try to eat grass-fed meals more often than not.
This goes for your beef jerky too!
Jerky is tough (pun-intended) to over-eat, especially when you pair with a serving of fruit!
Snacks can make or break your fat loss efforts, so snack smart and choose flat belly snacks.
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