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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 February 20, 2019

                                13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                Why is this so critically important to you?

                                The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                • The man facing the judge.
                                • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                2. Accept Your Fear

                                Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                And here’s what can be done.

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                                3. Get Some Perspective

                                I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                • Are you really at risk?
                                • Will this kill you?
                                • Which leads us on to..
                                • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                4. Hold a Hand

                                As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                Ask yourself:

                                • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                • Could that really happen?
                                • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                8. Assume the Worse

                                If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                11. Go with Fear

                                When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                13. Own Your Fear

                                Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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