Just as important as keeping an active and lively lifestyle is watching what we eat. This is a great complement to maintaining an active lifestyle is weight loss, as it keeps out body in prime condition to truly and fully benefit from all the activity we put it through. A healthier food intake can sync up well with more physical activity to keep our energy levels up and give us less in the way of toxins to burn. The improved body chemistry will be sure to serve us better in the long run as well, as our bodies can be conditioned quite effectively by the food we give it.
There are many types of weight loss food that have a wide range of benefits, such as helping us stave off things like inflammation or giving us more energy, promote weight loss and less fat to burn.
- The catechins in green tea make it a very popular choice for those who are looking to minimize the breakdown of cartilage in their joints. Green tea also improves brain function, and increases the fat burning rate of the body.
- Oily fish like trout, mackerel and salmon are actually healthier than the word ‘oily’ makes them sound, as they have omega-3 fats that are good for you.
- The antioxidants in apples can help fight inflammation as well. Other fruits like blueberries, grapes, apricots and cherries also have similar benefits.
- Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, has a lot to offer as well. The probiotic benefits mainly include beneficial bacteria that can potentially help boost the immune system and keep the digestive tract healthy.
Here are some weight loss snack recipes that clock in at around 200 calories or less, which can help with weight loss and help you slim down or keep trim while not leaving you low on flavor or nutrition:
Alton Brown is right to recommend this underrated food, which is a snack in and of itself. A young soybean that is harvested before it hardens up, edamame is packed with amino acids, fiber, protein and various vitamins (A, C) and minerals (sodium, iron) while being comparatively easily digested and not leaving you with a ton of fat, if any at all (omega-3, mainly). Enjoy a cup of these boiled, either shelled or in the pods, lightly salted to taste. One cup can give you about a third (!) of your daily protein and fiber requirement.
2. Wheat Thins with cottage cheese
Go with a serving of 10 Wheat Thins for this, and a half-cup of cottage cheese. Half a cup of cottage cheese is already able to give you a quarter of your daily protein requirement. Believe it or not, you don’t even have to go non- or low-fat with this – full-fat cottage cheese will keep you full for a while and definitely help you with weight loss.
3. Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey
A great afternoon snack, as the tartness of the yogurt and raspberries and smooth sweetness of the honey will mesh well, and give you a light snack with a dose of vitamin C, fiber, and protein. A single serving container of Greek yogurt can be jazzed up with a half-tablespoon of honey and a cup of raspberries.
4. Cucumber, olives, hummus
A cup of cucumber slices, four or so olives, and four tablespoons of hummus should do the trick. All of these are low in fat while being high in fiber. Putting a bit of Mediterranean influence in your diet can have the benefit of filling you up while still being fairly ‘light’.
5. Oatmeal and blueberries
They’re not constantly pictured on the boxes and such for no reason. The much-heralded superfruit brings a ton of sweetness without any need for table sugar, and gives your body a vitamin C infusion as well. They also pair well with oatmeal, which gives you a ton of fiber but leaves the door open for other flavors (such as the nice tang of blueberries).
6. Peanut butter on a banana
Whether you spread the peanut butter on half a banana at a time, or cut up the banana into slices and spoon them into your mouth with a bit of peanut butter, you get the benefits of both. This helping of carbohydrates and protein will give you an energy boost, and will keep your appetite from flaring up for some time.
7. Apple slices and cheese
Do not adjust your set. These can actually work well together. Studies show that these can each help curb weight gain – and put together, they can do that in tandem. It makes sense for the flavors too, believe it or not – cut up a gala apple and pop a slice into your mouth along with a slice of sharp cheddar. Sweet and salty will meet in the middle with a good mix of textures too.
8. Turkey rolls
These make for a good snack, as you don’t even need to put them on bread. Take five slices of turkey and roll them up with two red peppers and two teaspoons of mustard (spicy if you feel the peppers will need a bit of help). Fairly filling, quite flavorful, and only 150 calories.
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