A quick walk though the supermarket these days will have you thinking that you really “need” to stock up on some of the endless variety of seriously unhealthy snacks.
Snacking doesn’t have to be unhealthy. It can be the exact opposite. And, if you are like most of us, it is hard to stop at just a few Doritos or just one small super deluxe brownie. Your best option…
Stay clear of the fat and sugar-packed snacks (almost all the time). And go for snacks that will help you achieve and maintain your weight and health goals. Easier said that done, right?
Here’s the first tip:
If you don’t have junk food in your house, the odds of you eating unhealthy snacks drops to ZERO. (It took us a long time to get on top of that strategy).
Tip #2: Many of the foods we think our healthy for snacking may not be. For example; popcorn.
Let’s say you eat popcorn at night while watching a movie or TV. Sounds healthy right? Probably not.
Your body is most likely to turns carbs into fat storage late in the day when there is no real need to burn those calories for energy. Popcorn is largely carbs. And if it has butter or a butter-like toping? Unfortunately, more calories late in the day when you are not burning them = fat building.
Then there is the part about almost all of our corn being genetically modified. That is a whole different topic.
On the bright side, there are lots of options that you can choose for healthy snacking. I invented one this past weekend (well, maybe someone created it before me but I have never seen it anywhere else so I will take the credit).
In the photo above I am creating a protein packed snack (it would also make an excellent breakfast). I have used raspberry coconut greek style yogurt (I avoid dairy for sensitivity reasons), Protizyme “chocolate cake” protein powder and a splash of unsweetened almond milk. Overall this was about 240 calories with 28 grams of protein, 19 grams of carbs and 6.5 grams of fat. The taste was fantastic!
Even my very picky oldest daughter, Tegan, said it was not too bad.
Here is another snack idea that makes its way onto our table almost every day.
Snacking on the wrong foods can completely derail your weight and fat loss progress. You could be eating clean all day long and doing your workouts and then having a bowl of ice cream in the evening while watching TV…(example: Ben and Jerry’s Greek frozen yogurt is a lighter ice cream option and it packs 200 calories per 1/2 cup).
Make that 1 cup of regular ice cream and you have loads of extra calories going right to fat as you head off to bed.
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All The Best,
Dr Sean and Cindy