Good day Cuisinistas, JP back at it to discuss something we all struggle with, but especially busy moms & dads; Snacking on the go. And I know you all want to be looking good at your Pink Safari & Fire Trucks baby birthday bashes, so let’s do this!
First, replace the word “snack” with the word “meal.” If you’re a figure conscious individual, you need to understand first and foremost that eating LESS overall is not the answer to your weight loss goals. Yes, that’s right, if you want less weight you need to eat MORE… More frequently that is. Smaller “meals” more often throughout your day (every 2-3 hours).
Focus on Your Carbs Intake
So this word snack has got to go, because how often is a snack something that is good for you, or helps promote weight loss? More often than not, your snacks are poor choices, even when you think the exact opposite. What do I mean? Well, first of all, protein bars are NOT healthy snacks. Typically loaded with sugars, or worse, sugar substitutes, cheap sources of protein and very often, saturated fats. The majority of protein bars are no better if not worse than just grabbing a candy bar and “snacking” on that. Those “fat free” chips are not healthy either… The words “fat free” should be meaningless to you if you’re watching your figure. I know that sounds ass backwards, but you need to trust me. Carbohydrates are the primary focus when it comes to unwanted weight loss, not (all) fats. There are actually good fats that promote unwanted weight loss. Those “fat free” chips are going to lead to an insulin spike, because they are a very cheap source of carbs. Controlling insulin is the key to keeping that fat burning process going throughout the day! The list of bad snacks we think are good can go on and on, but I’ve only got so much space for this blog!
So now that we’re no longer snacking, let’s get some good “meals” that are not only healthy, but require very little effort to make them…”on the go friendly!”
Nuts = Your New Best Friend
Not all, but a few select nuts will keep things balanced when you’re hungry. At the top of the list would be almonds. We’re talking raw, unsalted here. The lowest calorie nut overall, packing a punch of vitamin E, a plethora of (good) mono and polyunsaturated fats and a nice touch of fiber and protein to go along with it. A serving (about 20-25 almonds) will help suppress that hunger big time. Don’t like almonds, or want to mix it up? Fine, throw in some pistachios, walnuts, brazil nuts and cashews and even a few peanuts (which are a legume and not even a nut!). Avoid pecans and macadamia nuts and avoid nuts that are covered in sodium, sugar, etc. Keep them as raw as possible. Pair those nuts listed with a serving of berries (straw, rasp, black, blue), and you have yourself an excellent, fat burning, insulin controlling “meal” that can be thrown in a baggy and brought with you anywhere!
Gone are the days when you need to buy something off the shelf at a gas station convenience store cause you’re hungry. Take a little time — in between planning your Fire Truck themed cupcakes and Pink Safari – themed party decor — and wise up about your snacks, I mean meals, and you’ll continue to slim those waist-lines, guaranteed!
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