Eight Tasty Afternoon Treats to Tide You Over 'Til Dinner
When working to lose weight, snacking may seem a bad idea. Not necessarily so. In fact, small and frequent snacks, particularly during that mid-afternoon stretch between lunch and dinner, can actually help boost your chances of weight loss success.
Every three to five hours after a meal, your blood sugar takes a dive, sending your body into hunger mode. Enjoying a small mid-afternoon snack will help curb our appetite and boost your metabolism, assuring you won't overdo it at the dinner table later on. Here are eight tasty treats that will help tide you over without packing on the fat or calories.
- Cashews: Cashews have lower fat content than most other nuts. Plus, upward of 82 percent of their fat content is unsaturated fatty acids and 66 percent of that is heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
- Celery sticks with natural peanut butter: It's packed with healthy unsaturated fats and filling fiber.
- Chickpeas: They're a significant source of fiber and protein, and keep your carb craving at bay maintaining your blood sugar levels.
- Half an avocado: Loaded with fiber, protein and oleic acid, a compound in healthy monounsaturated fats believed to trigger the body to actually quiet hunger.
- Kale chips: If you're a sucker for fattening potato chips, substitute them for kale chips instead. Toss with a bit of olive oil and bake on low for about 15 minutes until they're crispy. It's fat-free, low in calories, high in fiber and packed with beneficial vitamins and mineral.
- Mozzarella cheese sticks: It's rich in calcium, which actually burns more calories during digestion.
- Pumpkin seeds: Just one seed provides upward of 75 percent of the daily recommended allowance of magnesium, which helps to avoid excess water retention. It's also packed with protein and fiber, which helps keep you feeling full.
- Sliced cucumbers and yogurt dressing: Cucumbers are low in calories, while yogurt is packed with vitamins and shown to help you shed belly fat.
Visit the Metabolic Research Center website to find healthy recipes and to purchase snacks designed to help you slim down. If you need some guidance in developing an effective nutrition and exercise plan, call 800-501-8090 to reach the MRC location nearest you.
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