It’s commonly held amongst nutritionists and doctors that grazing on healthy snacks throughout the day is a much healthier option of getting your daily calorie intake than two or three large meals during the day. That doesn’t mean that you should pig out all day on fatty foods, pastries or chocolates. That’s a great way to pack in over 5,000 calories in a day, pack on the weight, and feel terrible and exhausted every evening.
However, starving yourself when you’re hungry is also a bad way to go about losing weight. If you don’t eat when you’re hungry, you’re putting your body under unnecessary stress. When you experience stress, your adrenal glands produces cortisol, which interferes with your body’s ability to process and rid itself of fat. This is what some people refer to as putting your body in “starvation mode” by restricting your diet.
The goal of a healthy diet is to put yourself in a calorie deficit while fooling your body into thinking it’s not losing anything. This will allow your body to burn fat and shed weight and sizes. So, when you’re hungry, graze lightly on one of the healthy snacks in small quantities.
Healthy Snacks Ideas
Pick a blend that has a variety of nuts and dried berries in it. Instead of going for the trail mix that’s heavy with chocolate chips, choose one that has raisins, dried cranberries, and/or dried pineapple and papaya chunks. You’ll get the same satisfaction that you get from the chocolate, without the processed sugar.
Get some air-popped popcorn that’s not heavy with oil, and you’ll have a light, starchy snack that will take time to digest, leaving you feeling full and happy. Popcorn is also full of antioxidants, which are great for your immune system and your skin. Just don’t overdo it on the butter.
Fresh fruits and Veggies
Whether you get them fresh or dried, fruits are always a great snack. If you’re snacking on veggies, spice things up with a healthy hummus dip.
Freeze-dried fruit and Veggies
Freeze dried fruit and veggies are also an excellent choice for healthy snacking as freeze-drying processes keeps more than 97% nutrients intact.
Banana and Dark Chocolate
Banana and dark chocolate (in small quantities) are healthy and tasty Vegan snack for sustained energy.
Small size meals
Small size meals like a half-size sandwich or a small serving of pasta can also be great as healthy snacks.
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In summary, having small portions of healthy snacks between meals is a lot healthier than starting yourself hungry and having two or three large meals during the day.