If you’ve tried to lose weight and found you’re hungry all the time, you’re facing the same challenge as many people from Massachusetts. What you need are snacks that keep you full until your next meal. You need a snack that is lower in calories but will stay with you long enough, you aren’t so ravenous you eat everything in sight at dinner.
Fiber, healthy fat, and protein fill you up without packing on the pounds.
Most people reach for a sugary treat when they need a boost. While it might help for a short time, the sugar spikes your blood pressure, and just as quickly, it drops down even further. That leaves you even hungrier. How do you avoid that? Eat food containing fiber, protein, and/or fat. For instance, apple slices contain fiber and enough sugar to give your energy a lift. Top them with a teaspoon of peanut butter for protein and healthy fat. You’ll have a snack that keeps you full from mid-afternoon until dinner.
Don’t forget avocados.
Avocados are versatile and excellent as snacks. You can drizzle hot sauce on them and eat them plain, make guacamole, or mash them up and use them as you would butter to spread on whole wheat toast. Put the avocado in a blender with a small amount of condensed milk for a sweet spread. You can even use it to dip strawberries. Dip avocado slices in dark chocolate and sprinkle with flaked salt. You can even drink your snack. Put several tablespoons of Greek yogurt, a few ice cubes, cinnamon, a drip of honey, and avocado slices in a blender for a smoothie that will keep you full.
Keep it simple.
Hard-boiled eggs are probably the easiest snack. You can combine them with fresh veggies to add fiber and more nutrients. If you want to add to this snack, create deviled eggs made with Greek yogurt, mustard, and lemon juice. You can even make a quick egg salad by adding chives and celery. Then mix it with a dressing made from yogurt, mustard, pickle relish, salt and pepper.
- Frozen fruit mixed in a blender makes a delicious sorbet, especially on a hot day. You can also freeze a half banana on a stick, then dip it in high cacao dark chocolate.
- Put two tablespoons of Greek yogurt in a glass. Top it with a handful of berries and layer on half a sliced banana. Top that with another layer of Greek yogurt then sprinkle on crushed walnuts.
- Make a dip from beans or chickpeas. Just mash the chickpeas and beans, Mix in garlic, chicken broth, a small amount of olive oil, garlic, parsley, and thyme. Dip raw veggies when you need a snack.
- Make a trail mix with nuts, mini pretzels, a few dark chocolate chips, and a small amount of dried fruit. Pack it in individual serving sizes. Air-popped popcorn is another low-calorie filling snack.
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