Often so many ask me what’s ok to eat or snack on while you’re working on weight and health goals. Usually I refer to a list of safe foods I live by and have listed on my main website(www.extremeroberta.com). I thought it would be appropriate to make a shortened list of safe any time foods that hinder hunger and promote weight loss. I will continue to add weekly.
On top of fresh fruits and vegetables more convenient substitutions are dried fruits. Not many of us have dehydrators but u can find dried fruits in almost any grocery store or deli. Be careful to mind the specific serving amounts and look to see if sugar has been added. I especially look for dried cranberries and apples. These taste awesome and can give you a burst of healthy energy.
- Some fruits are excellent sources of fiber: Raisins, apples, dates, prunes, figs, pineapples. These are also high in potassium and practically fat-free.
- Dried apricots are loaded with beta carotene.
- Apricots and raisins contain a good amount of iron.
Asparagus usually gets a bad wrap but I’m a fan, it’s among the vegetables that are virtual “super foods”. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, the B vitamin folate, vitamin C, vitamin A. Asparagus is a very good source of numerous B vitamins – including vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6 – as well as dietary fiber, manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium and protein. One cup of broiled asparagus only has about 44 calories and whole host nutrients.
Keep in mind what you “should” be snacking on …
- It’s fine to indulge once in a while, but think of snacks as mini-meals and choose the same healthy foods as you would at meals.
- Healthy snack foods are basic foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, healthy dips and yogurt.
Low-Calorie Snack Foods
- If it’s the munchies you have more than hunger pangs, choose lower-calorie healthy snacks like popcorn, veggies like celery and carrots, or whole grain chips and crackers.
Filling Snack Foods
- If you need a bit extra to make it to the next meal, choose more calorie-dense healthy snacks like nuts and nut butters, bean dips or even a sandwich.
What to Avoid
- Stay away from snack foods that have calories but not much nutrition. Soda and sweetened beverages, sweet baked goods like cake and doughnuts, and even refined wheat crackers and pretzels have little nutrient value.
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