As you know by now, it is important to eat three small meals and have snacks in between during the whole day. The main idea is to increase your total metabolism, so that your body can burn more calories. But what kind of snacks should you eat in between? I personally love to munch on some healthy snacks but that doesn’t mean I don’t prefer some desserts I like sometimes and specifically during the weekends.
I will give you some healthy snack options that I love to bite into between my meals, depending on what I feel like having every day.
Bananas: This fruit is known as a good source of potassium, and is so rich in vitamin B6 for only 80 calories. It has 4 grams of fiber, and is full of carbohydrates which is the main source of energy.
Bran muffin: 1 small muffin has 3 grams of fiber and almost 90 calories. It makes you feel satisfied, plus it is sweet, which makes it perfect as a snack.
Carrots: One medium carrot meets your daily vitamin A recommendation, which is needed for a better vision as well as for healthier skin.
Rice and milk pudding: I love this food item, especially when it is cold. It is perfect to have in the afternoon, and is so refreshing while containing only 120 calories. Try to make it at home by using skim milk
Fruit yogurt: This is another favorite of mine, and I love the strawberry flavor. Fruit yogurt provides all the vitamins and the calcium needed for better health of bones. The zero fat one gives you the sweet buzz for only 45 calories.
Strawberries and sweeteners: I am sure you heard about this combination but a lot of people use the white refined sugar instead of the sugar-free sugars. And when I say sugar-free sugars, I mean the ones that are not absorbed by the body. Try to have almost 20 strawberries with 2 teaspoons of any kind of sweetener, put in the fridge for few minutes before eating it.
Raw walnuts and almonds: These two snacks are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for heart and brain functions. They are also rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, needed to fight against cancer and many diseases.
Popcorn: I am more a sweet person, but popcorn is my only favorite salty snack. I don’t mind having it every day. It is the best snack you can have at night while watching a movie or while chilling in front of your laptop. Go for the fat-free microwavable one which is a healthier option. It is full of fiber and one popped cup gives you only 80 calories.
Now that you have eight healthy options, try to pick at least three of them and include them in your daily eating habits.
What is the best snack you can eat at night?
At night, and before sleeping, if you feel hungry and want to have something light and consistent, I advise you to have a cup of skim milk or soya milk ( cold or hot), or to have a cup of low-fat yogurt. Your body will still be working while sleeping, and this is what we call resting or basal metabolic rate. So don’t worry about weight gain.
Plus milk and yogurt both contain big amounts of protein and the body works hard to digest it, so the metabolism will be even higher while it is digesting, unlike carbs and fat which are easily digested. So don’t worry, if you feel hungry before bedtime, milk and yogurt are the best options.
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