If you're trying to lose weight or eat healthier, you're most likely focused on what you’re putting into your body for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But what about when those mid-day munchies arise?
While a bag of chips from the nearest vending machine might be a quick fix, especially when you're at work, it's definitely not a healthy option. Just like you would prep your meals to ensure they meet your weight loss needs and goals, it's important to plan out your snacks! Here are a few that will keep you fueled, focused and most importantly—FIT!
This snack is made of four simple ingredients: apple slices, powdered peanut butter, cinnamon and dry muesli. Apple Nachos is a balanced snack that has a fix of protein and fiber. Just spread the peanut butter on the apple slice, sprinkle on some cinnamon and top it off with some dry muesli and your ready to go!
According to author of Body Kindness Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D., the tuna and avocado duo is packed with protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation and keep cholesterol in check. This is a good mid-day snack to keep you feeling full for longer.
MELON WITH HOT SAUCE
Sweet and hot? Trust me it tastes better than it sounds! This is a fantastic combo to indulge in. You are getting a sweet flavor and high-water and fiber content from the melon while receiving a pungent kick and added boost in your metabolism from the hot sauce.
Nuts are a great boost of energy. The best nuts to eat for weight loss are Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds pistachios, peanuts and cashews. Adding spice to your nut mixes like, for example, curry powder is not only good for flavor but also helps reduce inflammation and aids digestion.
Popcorn is healthy but it depends on what you accompany it with. That movie theater popcorn covered with thick layers of butter and salt is definitely not what we are talking about. However, instead of butter try sprinkling nutritional yeast on your popcorn at home. Popcorn is full of fiber and has few calories and by adding nutritional yeast you’re also adding a great source of vitamin B12. This vitamin helps boost metabolism and burn stored fat and calories.