Choosing the right Snacks can keep your cravings at bay and provide an extra supply of healthful nutrients.
These are some wholesome and yummy snacks that can help you do that:
Greek yogurt. This scrumptious yogurt usually contains about twice the protein of regular yogurt. Because protein fills you up, Greek yogurt can be a great ally for your weight loss effort. Yogurt is also a source of healthy bacteria, (acidophilus, bifidum) the good guys that can keep your digestive system in good shape. The gut has been found to be the second brain and has an important role in keeping you in tip-top shape.
Guacamole. Avocado is the main ingredient of this delectable dip. This fruit is chuck full with fiber and healthy fats. Fiber curbs your appetite by adding bulk to your diet and producing satiety. When you feel full and satisfied, you are more likely to control your calorie intake throughout the day. A recent NNHANES analysis found that people who ate about half an avocado per day (76g) weighed on average 7.5 pounds less.
Bananas and apples. Two portable and easy on the pocketbook fruits are a great source of fiber. Bananas contain resistant starch and apples soluble fiber, 2 types of fiber that supports weight loss . Researchers from the State University of Rio de Janeiro found that overweight women who ate the equivalent of three apples or pears a day lost more weight on a low-calorie diet than women who didn’t add fruit to their diet. Apples are also a source of ursolic acid, a natural compound that may boost up fat burning
Oatmeal: We don’t have to wait for breakfast to enjoy this whole grain. Oatmeal is low in calories but rich in taste and nutrients, making it a great snack if losing weight is in one’s radar. Research has shown that fibers from grains have a greater impact on weight management. Fiber diminishes our appetite and make us take in fewer calories without trying too hard. Add some raisins, nuts, flaxseed or hemp seeds to boost the nutrients.
Hummus. This nutritious dip is on this list for having the ideal combination of protein and fiber; a perfect duo for weight control. Garbanzo beans have a high satiety effect. Fiberous foods require more chewing, have less calories, aid with digestion, and help us feel satisfied. Make your own hummus, by pureeing in a food processor 2 cups of cooked garbanzo beans, 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste) and 1/4 cup lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of reserved cooking liquid and add salt or herbs to taste.
Almonds. This crunchy snack is a good source of filling fiber, mono unsaturated fat and protein, a powerful fusion to keep one’s appetite at bay. Ounce per ounce, almonds contain more protein and fiber than any other nut. Many studies have linked almonds with the ability to make our lives easier by helping with satiety. In addition, almonds may have some prebiotic properties that could help maintain a healthy gut bacteria.