Snacking Your Way Thru Weight Loss
Researchers have found that light snacking throughout the day can help support weight loss. The main key to this process is keeping blood-sugar levels more steady throughout the day. Without large spikes or crashes, insulin is kept better in check and fewer calories will be stored as excess fat. Here are a few fun snacks you can substitute for their less-healthy alternatives.
Mixed Nuts: When craving a salty snack like potato chips or French fries, turn instead to lightly salted mixed nuts. A typical serving will be about 171 calories and contain 6 grams of protein while satisfying that salty craving you're having. Often the fat and nutrients found in nuts such as almonds, pistachios, and pecans can provide heart-healthy benefits.
Natural Peanut Butter: Unlike typical peanut butter, natural peanut butter contains no added sweeteners, fillers, or oils, just peanuts and salt. These are typically the found in the glass jars on the store shelf with a fine layer of oil clearly separated on top. After stirring, a dollop of this peanut butter on some celery or baby carrots is a crunchy sweet treat which packs in 7 grams of protein. The same can be said for natural almond butter. Keep in mind, however, that almond butter is typically thinner than peanut butter and may be a bit messier of a snack.
String Cheese: This fun treat isn't just for the kids' lunch boxes any more. Mozzarella string cheese is a delicious way to get extra calcium in your diet ever day. It is fun to eat, pairs well with an apple, and comes in perfect snack-size portions. A typical stick of string cheese will also give you 8 grams of protein while satisfying your salty cravings.
Real Fruit Yogurt: It's no secret that many popular fruit yogurts are full of sugar and food coloring. This trend is shifting and many makers of Greek yogurt have switched to whole berries with far less sugar than their shelf neighbors. These are loaded with protein and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.
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