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One very common question I often get from readers who're trying to lose weight is,
"Can I snack while dieting?". Yes, you can. In fact, snacks can be helpful in your
weight loss program if you pick the healthy ones. They supply your body with energy
throughout the day, and keeps binge eating in check.
There are a few things to consider when choosing healthy snacks. Calories, taste
and nutrient content are all important. Since you want to lose weight, you should
pick a snack lower in calories than if you're trying to maintain or gain weight.
The amount of calories allowed for snacks depends on the amount of calories consumed
during your 3 main meals, which are breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For example, if you plan on having 1,800 calories a day and your meals add up to
1,500 calories in total, snacks can make up those remaining 300 calories. This gives
you an idea of how many snacks you can eat so you won't stray too far.
If your snack calorie 'allowance' is high, you can even incorporate your normal favorite
treats (usually higher in calories) in your diet. But here's the catch: if you go
with these snacks – chocolate, ice cream, potato chips or pretzels – make sure you
eat in moderation. Any food can fit into a healthy diet if you don't overeat. Eat
a reasonable portion (1 serving) of chocolate or chips but not the entire bag in
The next thing to consider when picking healthy snacksis its nutrient content. You
need to get all your vitamin and mineral needs from your main meals everyday. Eating
snacks such as fruits and vegetables can be a healthy way to get the required nutrients.
Having just apples or celery sticks for 30 days in a row can be painfully boring.
The trick is to pick a different fruit or veggie each time you go grocery shopping
and try this. Eat an apple a day this week, and a pear a day next week to add variety
to your diet.
To spice up your salads or vegetables and make them more appealing, use dips, low-fat
salad dressing, olive oil or vinegar.
What Are Some Healthy 100 Calorie Snacks that Satisfy Your Cravings?
1 tablespoon chunky peanut butter
1 small sweet potato
1/5 Toblerone bar
2 Cadbury's Roses
40 Rold Gold Classic Style Pretzel Sticks
2 cups raspberries
1 Yoplait Light Smoothie
Remember the key to successful weight loss is to enjoy all foods in moderation. Snacks
are be part of a healthy and balanced diet as long as you do it right.
Are store-bought nibbles eating up a big chunk of your food budget? Find simple-to-make
cheap and healthy snack ideas that will keep your waistline trim and taste buds perfectly
happy! Great for picky kids and adults.
Fruits are undeniably good for health but not all fruits help weight loss. Learn
what are the best fruits to eat when trying to lose weight so you drop pounds quickly
while enjoying the right fruits in the right amounts.
If you're wondering what is good to eat with raisins, but eating them straight out
of the box doesn't appeal to you, then get inspired with these interesting recipes,
and start enjoying the health benefits of raisins in your everyday meals.