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10 Healthy Snack Ideas That Help Reach Your Weight Loss Goal

10 Healthy Snack Ideas That Help Reach Your Weight Loss Goal

We’ve been told time after time that less is more, but what if I told you that when it came to your food intake that wasn’t necessarily the case? Eating five meals a day vs. your normal three will help aid in weight loss more than you may actually think. Snacking between meals gives your body the fuel that it needs, helping you get in all the nutrients you need. On the flip-side, grazing all day—particularly on foods of little nutritional value—may result in eating too much and packing on extra pounds. What else is that healthy snacking keeps your metabolism revved up.

“What you eat between meals matters more than you think. These choices boost metabolism and help you lose weight fast.”

You can’t continue to eat celery, apples, cheese sticks, etc. and then wonder why a family size bag of chips looks so appealing. We know you have a busy schedule and want something quick and on the go so, we’ve listed some healthy snacks for weight loss that will surely add a little pizzazz to your ordinary snack list to keep you on track.

1. Kale Chips

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    One cup of chopped kale is only 34 calories and is a healthy substitution for other high calories snacks.  All you’ll need is a bunch of kale, a little olive oil and a pinch of salt. When you add the salt and olive oil you have a 153 calories snack. Which is quite the difference when in comparison to donuts or chips who usually have over 300 calories per serving.

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    2. Canned Tuna on Whole Wheat Crackers

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      Use 3 oz of light tuna and 6 whole wheat crackers for an in-between meal that you’ll certainly enjoy, and guess what, it’s only 200 calories.

      3. Power Berry Smoothie

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        Smoothies are a great way to get in a great snack with low calories between your meals. There are a wide variety of smoothies that you can choose from without sacrificing too many of your daily calories. However this particular recipe calls for you to add your soy protein powder, frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries), and low-fat or greek yogurt and you have yourself a 139 calorie snack.

        4. Warm Pear with Cinnamon Ricotta

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          Ricotta cheese is rich in protein, and pears are a good source of fiber. Together with a teaspoon of cinnamon, they definitely make a delicious snack for any time of day. Each serving contains 170 calories.

          5. Edamame

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            One cup of edamame contains only 189 calories. A great snack to have all by itself. Serve hot or cold, season with salt, and enjoy.

            6. Cottage Cheese-Filled Avocado

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              200 calories, that’s it! Take out the pit of the avocado and use only 1% cottage cheese to fill up the center for a healthy treat.

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              7. Cauliflower with White Bean Dip

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                Make a batch of white bean dip at the beginning of the week to spread on crackers and eat with veggies when hunger creeps up on you. Pair a quarter-cup serving with 2 cups of raw, chopped cauliflower, for only 199 calories.

                8. Asparagus and Hard-Boiled Egg

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                  Pair 15 asparagus spears (cooked or raw) with one hard-boiled egg for a 126-calorie snack.

                  9. Plain Greek Yogurt

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                    Not only is this low in calories, roughly 100 cal per serving, it’s also a great source of protein, probiotic bacteria and bone-building calcium. You can throw in your favorite fruits such as strawberries and blueberries for some added flavor.

                    10. Dark Chocolate

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                      The nutritional properties that dark chocolate possesses make it one of the healthiest foods found on this planet. It’s quick, cuts cravings, decreases body fat, controls appetite, and reduces stress. 1 ounce of dark chocolate weighs in at around 155 calories.

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                      No!

                      It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                      But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                      What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                      But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                      1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                      2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                      3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                      4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                      5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                      6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                      7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                      8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                      9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                      10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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