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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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                                12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                                1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                                I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                                Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                                Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                                2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                                The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                                It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                                Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                                In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                                You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                                This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                                The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                                Less Physical, More Psychological

                                Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                                This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                                The First Benefit of Meditation

                                The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                                1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                                2. Relaxation of the body

                                Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                                Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                                That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                                When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                                When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                                Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                                Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                                This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                                Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                                Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                                This benefit takes you to the second one.

                                The Second Benefit of Meditation

                                While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                                1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                                2. Observance
                                3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                                4. Patience

                                Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                                You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                                This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                                1. Energy

                                Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                                2. Observance

                                The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                                3. Peacefulness

                                Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                                4. Patience

                                The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                                The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                                Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                                Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                                The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                                • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                                • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                                • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                                • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                                • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                                • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                                These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                                Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                                Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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                                [1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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