Healthy Snacking for Diet Success and for Re-fueling Your Brain as Well as Your Body
An excerpt from Fitness Magazine
Think you can’t snack when you’re trying to lose weight? Think again. This healthy, low-calorie snack will satisfy your diet cravings and help you reach your weight-loss goals.
Homemade Trail Mix
For many women, dieting equals food restriction. Snacks? They usually get eliminated in the name of saving calories. But snacking when you’re watching your weight is actually a good idea. “[When dieting,] people often wait too long in between meals, so by the time they eat, they’re so hungry, their portions or choices are out of control,” says Linda McLachlan, RD, CDN, a New Jersey dietitian with Nutrition Matters, LLC. “Snacking helps keep you satisfied and wards off cravings.” Here, seven low-calorie snacks to help you with your diet goals.
Homemade Trail Mix
“Diet-friendly snacking doesn’t necessarily have to be low-fat,” says McLachlan. What’s more important: Portion size. A homemade trail mix of walnuts, mini chocolate chips, and raisins is a snack that’s satisfying (thanks to the sweetness and fat) and healthy for a dieter if portion sizes are kept in check. “Mix a palm full of walnuts with a pinch of chocolate chips and a pinch of raisins — it’s not always realistic to measure,” says McLachlan.
Recommended serving size: about 1 ounce of walnuts and about a teaspoon each of raisins and chocolate chips
Calories: about 250 fitnessmagazine
A great way to keep your healthy snacks cool and fresh (and keep the chocolate in the snack mix from melting) is to use a “freeze and go” Icepops by Cool-it Caddy. Icepops is a personal cooler that you just pop into your freezer until frozen then fill with your healthy snacks and off you go…..to the golf course, tennis courts, hiking or to the board room where you want to be on top of your game with a brain that is fueled.