I still get a lot of questions about how I lost 80 pounds. How did I do it, what did I eat, did I have surgery, and am I a real person (some people make this stuff up.) So, while this is not a weight loss blog, I will be posting some answers to those questions for my readers who are interested!
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Trying to find healthy snacks can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. You have to weed through the sugar-filled, over-processed, and carbohydrate rich foods before you get to the ones that are are actually good for you. Then you have to search for the recipes you may enjoy. Then you have to find the ones you have time to prepare. Who has time for that?
But you want to lose weight and be healthy, right?
Of course you do.
Let me help.
Today I’m going to tell you everything I know about healthy snacks that help you lose weight. Sound good?
Almonds build muscle and reduce cravings. Here’s the important thing to remember-keep your snack size at 23 almonds which is 1/4 cup or a handful. It’s easy to go overboard on calories and eat too many of these (& defeat the purpose!)
Tired of plain almonds?
Here’s a gluten-free & low-carbohydrate recipe for Spiced Spanish Almonds from Eating Well.
Or you can try this Clean Eating Almond Butter & Jelly combo that you can make ahead & take to work!
Avocados are also fat burners that switch off your body’s fat storage hormones. This recipe for Guiltless Guacamole from Delish is low in calories and makes a great and easy to prepare fat burning snack.
Avocado Toast with Egg, Spinach, & Tomatoes is another good one-from Two Peas & Their Pod
I feel sorry for these overlooked nuts-they always seem to be picked over in the nut bowl. But they are actually one of the best ones for fat burning! They boost your metabolism by converting the thyroid hormone to it’s active form. So give a little love to the B-nut and it’ll thank you for it!
Broccoli Rabe stimulates an enzyme that tells your body to burn fat.
Blueberries, Raspberries & Other Berries are superfoods that you really ought to have in your diet no matter what. They fight heart disease, cancer and obesity, but for today’s post I’ll remind you that they curb cravings. I put blueberries on everything I can-cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, toast, salads…And I eat them as a snack.
Here’s a few recipes I use that you may like.
Fat Burning Blueberry Smoothie
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 cup ice
1 cup blueberries*
1 Scoop Whey Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Flaxseed
1 Teaspoon Chia Seeds
*You can substitute the blueberries with frozen berries, but if you do-use 1/2 cup water instead of ice. You can also throw in some leftover (uncooked) Kale or Spinach if you have it, but if you do, add in about a TSP of honey.
This is the smoothie I drank for breakfast & for the first phase of my weight loss!
Danette May’s Fat Burning Blueberry Muffins (The Muffins That Won’t Give You Muffin Top)
Blueberry Avocado Protein Shake | Dr. Oz
Metabolism Boosting Blueberry Smoothie | Suburban Simplicity
Right about now you may be wondering what Chia is. Well, you know the Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pets? Yeah, these are the seeds. But before you check out on me, I need to tell you that these little seeds do a lot more than create “home decor.” They suppress appetite, fire up metabolism, AND they fire up your body’s fat burning hormones.
Sprinkle chia seeds on salads, cereals, sauces, vegetables, rice, or yogurt. You can find them at health food stores and some grocery food chains, or you can purchase them here on amazon.
I know, right? But before you get too happy and run to Starbuck’s for a triple Mocha Frappachino with extra whip, I should tell you that there is an exception here. Coffee can increase the metabolic rate, but if you add sugar and cream it’s not going to help you very much.
Since it has low calories and high protein, cottage cheese has always been a favorite staple.
Try this Blackberry Salad from Daisy made with greens, Almonds, cranberries, & balsamic. I found this recipe for Cottage Cheese Waffles from Snack Girl that I haven’t tried yet-but they look really good!
Greek Yogurt has twice the protein and half the amount of sugar as regular yogurt making it the obvious choice for snacking. I like old school style greek yogurt with blueberries, but after eating the same thing for three months I had to find some ways to switch it up.
This recipe Blueberry Banana Greek Yogurt Pancakes is a breakfast recipe, but they make a great filling snack too! And, as with all the recipes I share, they are super easy to make. Five minutes in the blender and you’re done!
It may not make the traditional fat burning lists, but research has shown that eating peanut butter in the morning results in consuming less calories throughout the day. And it worked for me! One of my favorite “lazy girl” snacks when I was in phase 1 of my weight loss, was peanut butter on apple slices. The monounsaturated fat and protein from the peanut butter plus the fiber from the apple filled me up for hours.
Here are a few more peanut butter based snack ideas.
Ok! That’s all I’ve got for today! I have to get to the grocery store. My cabinets are empty and my family is starting to give me dirty looks.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas for your next trip to the store! Remember, weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. You will have to change your eating, your lifestyle, your exercise habits, and most importantly, your mind.
Please reach out if I can help!
Oh, and will you do me a favor?