Hello there! Jess, 20, in college studying political science and public health.

30th March 2012

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snack healthier to lose weight

                        One of the most effective things I have done for my weight loss was revamp the way I snack. I eat about 7 times a day to keep my metabolism going, and that involves a lot of snacking, so this strategy will backfire if you associate the words “snack” and “treat”. Your body craves a certain amount of macronutrients(carbs, protein, and fat) in order to feel full, so the key to smart snacking is balance. Have some of these oodisha, healthy, low calorie snacks ready for when you come home hungry so you won’t reach for the potato chips instead (you can have 20 of those for around the same amount of calories as these snacks, and you will still be hungry). 

  1.    Mix 1 T greek yogurt with 1.5 T peanut butter, a pinch of stevia, and a drop of vanilla extract. Spread onto a sliced granny smith apple (185 calories, 7 g protein)
  2.  Combine ¼ c sliced almonds with ¾ c mixed berries of your choice  (190 calories, 7 g protein)
  3.  Layer 1 tomato sliced with 1.5 oz of sliced part skim mozzarella cheese, garnish with balsalmic vinegar, rosemary, and coarse salt (131 calories, 10 g protein) 
  4.  Spread 1 T neufchatel cheese onto 2 wasa crackers, and top with 2 oz reduced sodium turkey lunch meat and few slices cucumber(215 calories, 18 grams protein)
  5. Serve 1/2 c hummus with 1 cup red bell peppers, baby carrots, celery (156 calories, 5 g protein)

Make your hummus at home! It’s much much cheaper, and you can have 1/2  of hummus made from this recipe for the same amount of calories as a ¼ cup of store bought hummus. Combine the following in a blender:

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons tahini (available at health food stores and the international aisle at the grocery store)
  • 2 Tablespoons water (additional water may be needed)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder               
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 c plain greek yogurt*
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

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