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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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                      Last Updated on September 17, 2019

                      10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                      10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                      Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

                      But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

                      Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

                      1. Spend Time with Positive People

                      If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

                      Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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                      2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

                      When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

                      Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

                      3. Contribute to the Community

                      One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

                      Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

                      4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

                      Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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                      5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

                      You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

                      If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

                      There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

                      6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

                      It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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                      Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

                      7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

                      Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

                      For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

                      Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

                      8. Offer Compliments to Others

                      Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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                      9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

                      If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

                      Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

                      10. Practice Self-Care

                      Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

                      Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

                      Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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