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Published on August 16, 2018

Tasty and Healthy Weight Loss Snacks to Reach Your Goals Fast

Tasty and Healthy Weight Loss Snacks to Reach Your Goals Fast

The decision to become healthier by way of weight loss is a struggle for many people. We have been told most of our lives that healthy food choices mean giving up the food and snacks that make us happy or we will be unable to achieve weight loss success.

The truth is, healthy snacking can aid you in losing weight! If the right choices are made, you can enjoy snacking and still lose weight!

This article will guide you through identifying healthy and flavorful weight loss snacks that will contribute to your weight loss goal.

How can healthy snacking help you lose weight?

If you make smart choices, healthy snacking can be the thing that aids you in your weight loss journey.

Keep in mind that balance is everything. Too much snacking or the wrong kind of snacking can back fire. We will get into that soon.

Rachel Morris, an author with Women’s Day Magazine, wrote about 4 women that mastered the art of snacking in between meals and still achieved their weight loss goals.[1] These women have proved that healthy snacking and weight loss are a dynamic duo.

Not only do you not have to give up snacks, you can eat the snacks that you actually love.

Mindfulness, snacking, and weight Loss

The importance of mindful eating is massive. Rachel Zimmerman, an R.D. at Indiana University Hospital at IU Health states the following:

“Just because snack foods like dark chocolate, nut butters, and avocado have earned nutritional kudos for being good sources of heart-healthy fats and other nutrients, that doesn’t mean you should eat a ton of them.”

The most important step is mindfulness. The key to getting started is being mindful when making snack choices. For a guide to mindful eating, please take a look my other article:

The Best Benefits of Mindful Eating for Weight Loss and How to Start Now

Mindfulness isn’t something that is taught to us. It is something that you seek to learn and incorporate in your day to day living. Many of us don’t know the truth about food and the role that food plays in our lives and in our health. This creates unhealthy habits.

Food is usually used as a substance for pleasure instead of nourishment. We devour most things in front of us without being mindful and aware about what we are actually consuming:[2]

    Tips for getting started with healthy snacking and weight loss

    So how to get started with healthy snacking while reaching your weight loss goals? Here’re some tips for you:

    • Set your goal. Before getting started, you have to know what you want. What is the goal? How many pounds per week? How many pounds total?
    • Set a deadline. What date/season are you wanting to have the weight off? It is important to set a target date so that you are focused.
    • Practice mindfulness. Mindful eating is about eating mindfully. It is about being fully aware of what you are experiencing; your cravings and physical cues. Eating for purpose and not boredom or pleasure is key for your goals.
    • Mind your plates. Use smaller plates so that you are not loading a large plate. If you load a small plate, you are still controling your portions but enjoying a plate full of food.
    • Have breakfast. We have heard it since the beginning of time: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. It is! Studies like one conducted by NCBI, shows that people trying to lose weight are more successful in reaching their goals when they incorporate breakfast in their daily routine.[3] This step alone can help you in your weight loss goals and make you want to snack less.
    • Pack your snacks. The saying “stay ready so you never have to get ready” is very true here. Packing your snacks and preparing for the day is key. You want to have healthy options when you start to crave food. Packing things like healthy granola bars, crackers and fruits etc. will alleviate the bad choice of a candy bar or chips from the vending machine.
    • Keep track of your calorie intake. Keep a small memo pad or an active document on your mobile device. It is important to record what you eat, and the calories consumed. This will help you stay on track.
    • Sleep. Sleep and weight loss are like partners. Research shows that lack of sleep impacts your metabolism, and we all know that slow metabolisms contribute to weight gain.[4] Getting a solid 8 hours of sleep per night to help you with your weight loss goals.
    • Reward yourself. It is so important to reward yourself for a job well done. When you work hard throughout the week and see the benefits on the scale, reward yourself! Losing weight and changing eating habits is difficult. When a mission is accomplished, get out there are pat yourself on the back!
    • Drink sufficient water. Please drink water! Water is absolutely necessary for health but can also aid you in losing weight. Try drinking a cup of water before snacking. You may find that you weren’t hungry at all, just thirsty (many times, dehydration shows up as hunger).

    Tasty and healthy snacks for your weight loss goals- all diets

    There a lot of different diets out there for various reasons. These reasons are tied to health, values, and morality. No matter your dietary preferences, snacking with mindfulness and awareness is important. This should go without saying.

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    However, no matter your diet, fruits and vegetables should be the number one choice! Fruits and vegetables are essential and key for a healthy life and body. When a little variation is needed, incorporating exciting, tasty, and healthy snacks can still be good for your weight loss goals. Let’s get into a few snacks for your dietary need/preference and your weight loss goals!

    Snacks for carnivores

    For carnivores, eating a carnivore diet means that meat and animal products is/are a regular part of your diet. Snacks for carnivores that lead to weight loss:

    1. Rice Crackers and Cheese

    Rice crackers are usually made with brown rice which is a great fiber and carbohydrate source. Fiber makes you feel full for longer. Cheese has so many essentials: calcium, protein, and vitamins A and B. Paired together, rice crackers and cheese can help you get there with the combination of protein, fiber, carbs, and vitamins.

    Weight loss tip:

    Remember that this is a snack. Always go with the serving recommendation on the label. It is much easier to track calories and fat.

    2. Boiled Chicken Breast Topped with Lemon Juice, Ginger, and Pepper

      Chicken is a good source of protein and one of the cleaner and leaner meats to eat. Chicken breast also aids in the reduction of cardiovascular disease but also contributes to muscle development and muscle growth.

      Snacking on boiled chicken can aid you in your weight loss journey. Topping with lemon juice, pepper, and ginger is very impactful flavor combination but also a wonderful anti-inflammatory combination.[5]

      Weight loss tip:

      Emphasis is placed on chicken breast because white meat chicken has less fat than dark meat chicken. Fatty meats will hurt you in trying to achieve your goal. The golden rule- be mindful of your choices.

      3. Soup

      Having soup for a snack can contribute significantly to your weight loss goal. Soup is hearty, filling, and more appealing than water to many (water is so necessary so please do not replace water with soup, still drink water!).

      You sip/drink soup slower than water and because of that, soup is known for staying in your system much longer, making you feel fuller for longer. That means, less eating!

      Weight loss tip:

      Be mindful of sodium/salt/msg. High levels of sodium in a diet alters the metabolism and a healthy metabolism is key for fat absorption.

      Snacks for pescatarians

      For pescatarians, eating a pescatarian diet means that you don’t consume land animal (chicken, beef, pork, etc.), just sea animals (fish). Some pescatarians consume land animal products (eggs and dairy, while others consume only sea animal and sea animal products (no milk, no butter, no eggs).

      4. Tuna Salad

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        Tuna is high in potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps maintain blood pressure and blood flow; it also counteracts sodium. Additionally, it is high in vitamin B and low in calories and fat.

        ~ Full recipe here!

        Weight loss tip:

        Be mindful of how you eat your tuna. Be cautious of the amount of mayonnaise used. The best way to snack on tuna is with a fork (so you can eat slowly and mindfully).

        5. Steamed Shrimp

        Shrimp has so many health benefits and can truly aid you in your weight loss goals. Shrimp is super low in calories and very protein rich. Shrimp is really a combination of protein and water; you won’t find fatty pockets on shrimp.

        As a snack, shrimp will provide so many vitamins and minerals with the added benefit of feeling completely satisfied.

        Weight loss tip:

        Be mindful of the serving size and mindful of the seasoning that you use. Seasonings high in sodium will alter the amazing benefits. Consider using lemon juice, ginger, and garlic.

        6. Smoked salmon

        This snack comes ready for you to eat! It is tasty and healthy, packed with antioxidants (antioxidants remove damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism- food products stored in your system). Our bodies have to function properly to aid us in our weight loss and health goals. Smoked salmon is a healthy snack and healthy medicine!

        Weight loss tip:

        Smoked salmon requires nothing to be added. It is packed full of flavor from the preparation. Adding things like sodium will contradict the amazing benefits. The best way to eat smoked salmon is with a fork.

        Snacks for vegetarians

        For vegetarians, eating a vegetarian diet means that you don’t consume any type of animal- no land animal and no sea animal but, may still eat animal products such as milk, butter, and eggs.

        7. Greek Yogurt and Fresh Fruit

        Greek yogurt is packed with protein. Eating this alone is already a wild health benefit due to the process of making it, which includes draining out the lactose! Lactose is the sugar found in milk. Adding fruit to it adds natural sweetness and of course the benefits that come with fruit!

        Weight loss tip:

        Yogurt has sugar in it and too much sugar is damaging to your weight loss goals. Be mindful of portions and toppings. The wrong toppings will contradict the benefits.

        8. Steamed Veggies with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

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          Steaming your veggies takes away the need for butter and oil. Adding a little parmesan cheese and garlic gives these veggies a lot of flavor and the benefits found in dairy. Not only are you giving your body two important necessities, you are also going to feel very satisfied for a longer period of time.

          ~ Full recipe here!

          Weight loss tip:

          For those that don’t eat dairy, try a drizzle of Italian dressing or, topping it with guacamole. As always, be mindful of portions.

          9. Hard Boiled Eggs

          Eggs are a great snack for weight loss, especially if boiled without the use of butters and oils. Eggs are packed with protein, low in calories, and have essential vitamins such as B and D. They make for a great weight loss snack because in addition to the nutrients, you will full and satisfied.

          Weight loss tip:

          Eggs are high in cholesterol. To reduce the amount of cholesterol intake, avoid eating the yolk. The benefits are in the egg white.

          Snacks for vegans

          For vegans, eating a vegan diet means that you don’t consume any animal at all- land or sea, and you don’t consume any animal products- land or sea. Vegans eat a plant-based diet consisting mainly of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains.

          10. Smoothie Bowl

            Smoothies are amazing. You can get your 6 servings of fruits and vegetables in one smoothie! A variation to the norm is a smoothie bowl. Many times, we crave things like ice cream- why not make the healthiest version?

            Recipe tip:

            Create your favorite blend and top with fresh fruit chunks, or granola, or coconut flakes, or nut and seed mix.

            ~ More recipe ideas here!

            Weight loss tip:

            There is plenty of natural sugar in the fruit and toppings. Be mindful of adding additional sugar.

            11. Chia Pudding

            Chia seeds are an amazing little seed. They are rich in omega’s, carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Consuming chia seeds for a snack can really help you achieve weight loss success. You will consume a superfood that will leave you feeling full for hours!

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            Recipe tip:

            To make chia pudding, simply use a 4 to 1 ratio:1 cup of plant-based milk to 1/4 cup chia seeds; add a little agave for sweetness.

            Let it sit for a couple of hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Make it for the day or make it for the week! Want to add a little flare? Blend some fresh fruit and top!

            Weight loss tip:

            Be mindful of the amount of sweetener/sugar used.

            12. Baked Peach and Cherry Delight

            Fruits and vegetables are key for every diet. This is the way to true health and healthy weight.

            Peaches contain niacin, folate, iron, choline, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and copper- they are basically vitamins! Cherries are a wonderful antioxidant; combined you have delicious vitamin that will leave you happy and satisfied.

            Recipe tip:

            Simply cut up a few peaches, add half a can of cherry pie filling, and add 3 tablespoons of lemon fruit filling for sweetness. Mix and bake on 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes.

            Weight loss tip:

            Both peaches and cherries are naturally sweet. The lemon fruit filling is sweet as well. No additional sugars or sweeteners necessary.

            The bottom line

            Remember, fruits and vegetables should be your number one choice for snacking. Be mindful of your choices and remember to try water first.

            Snacking for weight loss is healthy and can help you reach your weight loss goals fast. Snacking isn’t a negative, if done right, it is all positive!

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            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

            Listen carefully:

            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

            1. Pray Daily

            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

            3. Smile Often

            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

            4. Organize Your Working Desk

            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

            How do you do that? This is my formula:

            First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

            8. Go Exercise

            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

            The Bottom Line

            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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