If you’re trying to lose weight you’re not alone – 70% of American adults are overweight and 50% are currently trying to drop some pounds. Diets fail because they make you feel hungry and deprived and restricting calories lowers your metabolic rate, so you eat less and weigh more!
Your best bet for lasting weight loss is to not let yourself get hungry and snack often on healthy, whole foods. Here are the top 8 snacks for satisfying your tastebuds, turbocharging your metabolism and dropping those excess pounds.
Chia seeds are high in protein and anti-inflammatory omega 3s. Just three tablespoons provide more than half of your daily recommended intake of fiber – curbing cravings and keeping you full for hours. Chia pudding is also super easy to make – just stir together 3 tbsp of chia with 1 cup of nut milk and let it sit for at least an hour in the fridge.
Hummus, Olives and Veggies
Chickpeas are loaded with protein and fiber – both of which help with weight loss. Olives are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s) which keeps your heart healthy, makes you feel full and satisfied, control blood sugar and helps trim belly fat. The veggies round out the dish by providing an extra serving of fiber, antioxidants and a satisfying crunchiness.
Celery and Nut Butter
Celery is a weight loss superstar because it’s high in fiber and water, supports healthy digestion and takes more calories to burn than what it provides – making it a negative calorie food. Nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew, etc.) provide protein, fiber and complex carbs for energy and satiation.
Guacamole with Peppers, Cucumbers, and Mushrooms
Peppers, cucumbers, and mushrooms are high in fiber and also negative calorie foods helping you burn energy simply by eating them. Guacamole (or avocado slices) provides antioxidants and healthy, satiating, fat-busting monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs).
Organic Edamame with Sea Salt
Edamame is one of the highest vegan sources of protein, it’s loaded with fiber, and it contains kaempferol, which has been shown to cause weight loss in animal studies. Sprinkle it with some sea salt to help satisfy salt cravings and choose organic to avoid GMO’s.
Oatmeal and Fruit
Oatmeal is loaded with fiber to help balance out your blood sugar and keep your energy levels stable. It pairs great with diced apples or bananas and cinnamon or any type of berry. The fruit provides not only extra fiber and sweetness but also antioxidants which reduce inflammation (a major risk factor for obesity and chronic disease).
Kale chips are not only a satisfying alternative to potato chips – they are also weight loss superstars because they are high in fiber, low in calories, and contain DIM (diindolylmethane). DIM is a naturally occurring compound that helps reduce unhealthy estrogens which are a notable contributor to weight gain, especially in the belly region. Kale chips are also easy to make – just lay them flat on a tray, sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt and bake at 350f until brown and crispy (10-15 minutes).
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