A healthy and balanced diet for a man involves consuming 2,500Kcal, while for a woman is 2,000Kcal. If you consume more than that and don’t engage in regular exercise, you’re sure to put on a few pounds. For frequent snackers, chances are you’ll be forced to choose between your cravings or your diet. Why give up one in place of another when you can stick to your healthy lifestyle while indulging yourself? Here are snacks that will satisfy your calorie cravings without forcing you to sacrifice your diet.
APPLES. Apples contain pectin, which naturally slows digestion and provides a feeling of fullness. To have a fuller feeling, add apple chunks to an oatmeal or a salad, or have them sliced and packed inside a Ziploc bag. Munch on these during your downtime at the office.
NUT BAR. Instead of consuming granola bars that contain refined grains that burn quickly and make us hungry for more, opt for these instead. Nut bars are slightly sweet and savory and are made of whole grains and nuts. These have less than 200 calories.
GREEK YOGHURT. If you’re craving for something sweet, ditch the ice cream. Opt for Greek Yoghurt instead. Not only are these cold and creamy, these are also rich in probiotics that aid digestion. Don’t forget to pair it with fruits such as strawberries and mangoes.
POPCORN. Three cups of these movie-night favorite only gives you 90 calories. To feel fuller when eating popcorn, sprinkle on some red pepper. People who eat their meal with a half teaspoon of spice feel less hungry after.
RAW ALMONDS. Almonds (when paired with a fruit) not only provide satiating fiber, but also add only 200 calories. Opt for these instead of mixed nuts as the latter can have added sugar and other chemicals that increase the calorie content.
MUSHROOMS. All kinds of mushrooms are only 15 calories per cup. Besides immune-boosting antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins, and fiber, they are also good sources of vitamin D, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium. Add them to any salad and you’ll have a very healthy meal.
BAKED POTATO. Eating potatoes will make you feel fuller and delay your hunger for two hours. What’s more is that these treats are only 160 calories a piece. Don’t forget to include the potato skin as it gives you more fiber.
SMOOTHIES. When preparing a smoothie, ditch the sugar, concentrated fruit juices, or flavored syrups as these will increase the calorie content of your drink and negate the health benefits. Instead, choose fresh fruits like strawberries, bananas, and watermelons then mix with ice and fat-free milk or yoghurt in a blender.
Who says healthy snacks should be boring? Now you can indulge your taste buds while sating true to your meal plan. What are your favorite guilt-free snacks? Share them with us in the comments below.