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Lose Weight In Pleasure: 15 Healthy Snacks To Tighten Up Your Tummy

Lose Weight In Pleasure: 15 Healthy Snacks To Tighten Up Your Tummy

Holiday season is ahead and you want to look your best for Christmas photos or New Year’s Eve celebrations. In fact, most people start dieting before summer vacation and holiday season. However, about 90% of people give up. Why? It’s because they feel hungry and start eating snacks. These snacks are usually unhealthy, which only makes them gain more weight.

You can easily correct this mistake by opting for healthy snacks that will banish the hunger and still help you get perfectly toned and flat abs. But, what snacks to eat? Not to worry; this article brings you 15 delicious and healthy snacks you can eat on your weight loss journey.

1. Crispy kale chips

Crispy kale chips are a healthy and delicious alternative for unhealthy potato chips. One serving of kale chips contains 46 calories only, and this snack is easy to make. All you need is to preheat the oven to 250°F, line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In the meantime, place two batches of kale (cut into bite-size pieces) in a large bowl and coat them with virgin oil.

Lay kale on baking sheets, sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes and that’s it. Your snacks are done. The snack is crunchy, delicious and healthy at the same time.

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    2. Chocolate-stuffed raspberries

    This snack is perfect for anyone with a “sweet tooth”. Chocolate-stuffed raspberries let you indulge your need for sweet, without breaking your diet or gaining weight. This snack has 28 calories and tastes heavenly. Sweet and tart raspberries coupled with creamy chocolate create a rhapsody of flavors in your mouth.

    To make this snack, you need a pint of fresh raspberries and some chocolate chips. Then, place one chocolate chip pointed-side down into each raspberry. It’s that easy.

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      3. Tomato and cucumber juice

      Juice doesn’t actually count as a snack, but it definitely should. Why? It’s because juices are great for combating hunger, plus they are abundant in vitamins and minerals. In fact, they can even help you lose weight. This juice is one of the super juices for weight loss and the ingredients you need to make it include:

      • Tomato
      • Celery
      • Cucumber
      • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
      • ½ tsp salt

      If you want your juice to be sweeter, you can add a few drops of stevia.

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        4. Parmesan and rosemary roasted chickpeas

        This snack tastes best when it cools off, which makes them perfect to take to school or work. Now, you won’t get tempted to eat something unhealthy when you’re not home. About a ½ cup of the roasted chickpeas contains 151.7 calories. They’re rich in protein and fiber. And we know how fiber is important to our digestion, and eventually weight loss.

        To make this super delicious snack, you need 2 cans of chickpeas (rinsed and dried), shredded parmesan, rosemary, minced garlic clove, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 400°F; line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl to make sure all chickpeas are coated, then transfer them to a baking sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until your chickpeas are golden brown and crisp.

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          5. Frozen blueberry yogurt bites

          This is a healthy snack and delicious candy at the same time. To make the snack, you need blueberries, non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt, and stevia. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, in the meantime you should combine yogurt and stevia in one bowl, then toss blueberries in two batches to coat them completely. Using a fork, take each blueberry and place it on a baking sheet. When you’re done, place the baking sheet into the freezer and let stay for an hour.

          One serving (12 – 13 blueberries) contains 38 calories only. Due to its “snowy” look, this snack is perfect for Christmas time.

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            6. Grapes and walnuts

            For this snack, you don’t need any preparation. All you need to do is to combine one cup of grapes with a handful of walnuts and that’s it. The final result is a sweet and savory snack that is full of fiber and protein, and also rich in natural sugars.

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              7. Celery and beet juice

              This is also one of many super juices for weight loss that you can make. Ingredients you need for this juice are:

              • Celery
              • Beet
              • Spinach
              • Cilantro
              • Sea salt.

              Mix all ingredients in a blender to get a smooth and unified mixture. Celery and beet juice help your body get rid of toxins and waste that is important in weight loss.

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                8. Peanut butter yogurt dip and apple slices

                If you love caramel apples, this snack might be the perfect healthy alternative. To prepare this healthy and yet delicious snack you just need to melt peanut butter in a small microwave bowl for 20 seconds.

                Then, stir in yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Keep stirring until you get a smooth mixture. Slice apples and dip. It’s easy.

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                  9. Cran-peach smoothie

                  This is a fat-burning smoothie that you won’t want to stop drinking, even after you lose weight. It’s delicious and healthy. Plus, cucumbers in it act as diuretics, which is another reason why you simply have to make this smoothie.

                  Here is what you need:

                  • Frozen sliced peaches
                  • Cranberry juice
                  • Vanilla, non-fat Greek yogurt
                  • Cucumber
                  • Flax meal
                  • Stevia

                  Blend all ingredients and enjoy. You can also add any healthy supplements you wish to enhance your smoothie.

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                    10. Baked sweet potato chips

                    If you really don’t want to give up potato chips, then you’ll be happy to know that you can make potato chips and get toned abs at the same time. The secret is in this baked sweet potato chips snack that you can munch on without killing your diet.

                    Slice sweet potato thinly, and place it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly brush the slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake this snack for 1 ½ hours or until chips become crispy. Remember to turn the chips halfway through.

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                      11. Apricot seed bars

                      Imagine that you’re having a stressful day and don’t feel like you have the energy anymore. In most cases, you’ll go to the store or find the nearest vending machine, and you’d get chocolate. But, since you’re trying to lose weight, you need a healthy alternative that is still delicious.

                      Apricot seed bars provide energy, and they have the texture of granola bars, but they’re tasty as well. To make this snack, you have to line the baking dish with parchment paper. Then, in a medium sized bowl, mix together: sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, dried apricots, and dried white mulberries.

                      In a medium-sized skillet, heat coconut oil, coconut nectar, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. When the mixture is heated, add a combination of seeds and dried fruits. Then, pour entire mixture into a baking dish. Place the baking dish in a fridge to cool off before cutting into little bars.

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                        12. Spinach and apple juice

                        Both apple and spinach are nutritious power bombs and mixing them together give you a winning combination. This juice is delicious, gives you energy, and acts as appetite suppressant. Here’s what you’re going to need:

                        • Apples
                        • Spinach
                        • Lemon juice
                        • Red lettuce leaves or carrot greens
                        • Cayenne pepper, ¼ tsp only

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                          13. Lemon and watermelon juice

                          Watermelon is rich in water which is highly beneficial if you don’t drink enough water during the day. To make one of the easiest and most beneficial super juices for weight loss, you need:

                          • Lemon
                          • Watermelon with seeds
                          • Mint leaves.

                          That’s it, blend lemon and watermelon together, pour into a glass, add a bit of ice and garnish with mint leaves. Your healthy drink is ready. Bottoms up!

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                            14. Pineapple

                            This isn’t a snack per se, but it’s incredibly healthy and helps you get a toned stomach. Just like watermelon, pineapple is rich in water content but low in calories, which makes it a perfect snack for people who want to lose weight.

                            To spice things up, you can slice pineapple and sprinkle it with lime juice or a little bit of salt to get a fun combination of flavors.

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                              15. Turkey slices

                              Here’s something for meat lovers. Roll up five slices of roasted turkey with spicy mustard and roasted red peppers inside. This meal has about 150 calories, and it’s a great snack to eat before dinner is ready. And the best thing is, it won’t affect your diet. Hooray!

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                                Conclusion

                                With weight loss tips from this article, now you can have snacks that won’t kill your diet. All snacks and juices above are healthy, easy to prepare, and they can help you get into the best shape of your life.

                                References:

                                https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/general-health/consumer-health-information.html

                                http://www.skinnymom.com/zip-it-up-25-snacks-to-tighten-up-your-tummy/

                                http://ifocushealth.com/juice-diet-recipes-for-weight-loss/

                                https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/health

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                                Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                                12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                1. Nuts

                                The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                2. Blueberries

                                Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                3. Tomatoes

                                Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                4. Broccoli

                                While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                6. Soy

                                Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                7. Dark Chocolate

                                When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                10. Gingko Biloba

                                This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                11. Green and Black Tea

                                Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                12. Sage and Rosemary

                                Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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