Make Your Own Healthy Snacks

Frozen Homemade Snack Treats

When you're trying to lose weight, snacks — yes, snacks — can be one of the keys to success. Keeping your blood sugar on an even keel prevents that mid-morning or late afternoon crash that makes you want to eat everything in sight. However, you must choose your snacks wisely. Here are a few ideas for healthy, whole food snacks you can make yourself.

If you're really craving chips, try kale chips. Wash about three cups of fresh kale, remove the ribs and cut into two-inch pieces. Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil and about half a teaspoon of salt. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. Or mix one cup of unsalted nuts with a tablespoon of butter into which you've mixed some spices. Try a combination, like chili powder and cayenne pepper, or cocoa powder and cinnamon. Stir the nuts into the melted butter and roast at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Protein is a great way to level out the blood sugar and put a stop to the munchies. Choose carefully; some protein snack choices are high in fat. Slice an apple and layer a very thin slice of good Cheddar cheese between two apple slices. Mix a cup of cottage cheese with lemon/pepper, chili powder or another favorite seasoning blend; use it as a dip for carrot and celery sticks. Mix shredded carrot with the cottage cheese and roll it in a paper-thin slice of deli ham, roast beef or turkey.

Healthy eating and real food result in weight loss and life-long eating habits you can live with. Metabolic Research Center can teach you how to change your eating and exercise habits, give you support and set you on the path to success with real foods.


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