Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Healthy Snack Ideas

95% of dieters gain back the weight they've lost within five years.*

Why? Because diets don't work. I am not a dietitian, but I've found that the people I train experience the greatest weight loss success when they consistently eat 5-6 small, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. The reason is they keep their blood sugar at a consistent level and don't feel deprived. If your blood sugar drops too low you will experience headaches, dizziness, irritability, etc. If you overeat and your blood sugar spikes the extra calories will be stored as fat.

So forget dieting. Eat when you're hungry, stop eating before you're full. If you're eating every few hours you won't have to feel like you need to stuff yourself at each meal. 

The following are some healthy snacks that will keep you energized and satisfied throughout your busy day.

Popcorn (air-popped or 94% fat free)

Glass of skim milk - Milk is getting all kinds of great press for lowering fat absorption, aiding muscle recovery, and helping you stay slim. Even chocolate milk is okay, you just have to realize it has more calories.

Cottage cheese

Low-fat yogurt

Raw veggies – carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, cucumbers, etc.

Boiled egg

Serving of fruit - banana, apple, orange, pear, strawberries, grapes, etc.

Rice cakes - I used to think these were awful, but the Quaker Quakes are pretty tasty, they even have chocolate - oooh la la!

Nuts or sunflower seeds and raisins

Small bowl of high-fiber cold cereal

Peanut butter on celery sticks

Fruit smoothie - Mix your favorite fruit with fat-free yogurt, skim milk, vanilla flavoring, and ice - throw in some cinnamon for a fun flavor change. Cinnamon also helps lower blood glycogen which will keep your blood sugar from spiking and your body from storing calories as fat.

Yogurt Parfait – low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, fruit, and granola

Almonds and Raisins

Apple and Peanut Butter

Chicken and Spinach Salad

Cottage Cheese and Fruit

Frozen Yogurt

Guacamole and Veggies

Ham and Cheese Slices

Hummus on Lettuce Leaves

High fiber toast with peanut butter and jelly


Open-Faced Roast Beef or Turkey Sandwich

Peanut Butter and Banana

Peanuts and Yogurt

Pudding Cup

Rice Cake with Peanut Butter

Slim•Fast Low Carb Snack Bar

Strawberries and String Cheese

Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Trail Mix

Wheat Crackers and Cheese

Low-fat granola bar - We're kind of addicted to the Fiber One bars. They taste really good and have a ton of fiber. 

If you have any tasty items to add to the list, I'd love to lengthen it.

Thanks and have a great day,

Cami Checketts

Cami is a wife, mother, author, and proud supporter of Casper's Malt Shoppe. Please refer to her website, www.camichecketts.com, for information on her books.

Why Diets Don't Work

How to Distinguish Between a Fad Diet and a Healthy Diet

©Amy Giaquinto

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