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  • Healthy Weight Loss Diets Should Include Low Calorie Snacks


    By Travis Steffen on Friday, July 24, 2009in Diets & Foods  

    aimagesIn order to be successful with a weight loss diet, it is imperative that you include healthy, low calorie snacks to your plan. We all enjoy snacking and just because you’ve decided to follow a healthy weight loss diet, doesn’t mean you have to give it up. You may however, need to adjust the amounts and types of munchies you consume. It’s easy to throw some change into the vending machine every afternoon in return for a bag of chips or a chocolate bar but you know as well as I do that of course, those are not at all healthy snacks.

    It takes some planning and a little bit of time to prepare low calorie snacks but before long, it becomes a habit. Once you begin incorporating healthy, low calorie snacks as a part of your weight loss diet, you’ll notice potentially dramatic improvements in your results.

    I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite quick and healthy snacks that take less than 2 minutes out of your morning to throw together. Make a habit out of carrying these munchies in your bag or briefcase and you’ll be well prepared when that 3 p.m. temptation comes calling!

    Popcorn

    No, I’m not talking about movie theater mega portions drenched in chemicals and pseudo butter. I’m talking about air popped (not microwave) popcorn possibly spritzed with a light coating of olive oil and tossed in a seasoning like Mrs. Dash or plain old salt and pepper. Throw 3 cups into a ziplock bag and you’ve got yourself a satisfying, high fiber on-the-go snack for under 100 calories!

    Nuts

    Almonds, cashews, peanuts, macadamias, pistachios, pecans, walnuts or a combination of all of the above. Nuts are a filling way to get some Vitamin E, fiber and magnesium. These heart healthy little morsels are so easy to take along and will leave you well equipped to squash hunger whenever it strikes. Just make sure you weigh and measure your portions! An ounce of nuts contains approximately 175 calories and you’ll soon find out that an ounce is not a handful or two!

    Hummus with Veggies

    Hummus is a healthy snack disguised as an indulgent treat. Chickpeas and garlic combine to create a satisfying nibbling experience. Pair a quarter cup of hummus (approximately 100 calories) with lots of fresh, crisp veggies like red and green pepper, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and celery sticks for an easy to prepare, super delicious low calorie snack.

    Be as creative as you like when preparing munchies. Try a little bit of low fat cheese with high fiber crackers, a small banana with 1 tbsp peanut or almond butter, low fat baked tortillas dipped in salsa or anything else your tastebuds desire! If you have access to a fridge at work, pack along some cottage cheese, yogurt or low fat ranch dip with veggies. Just make sure that no matter what you choose to nosh on, you carefully weigh and measure everything. Happy snacking!

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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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