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9 Healthy Snack Ideas to Keep Your Diet on Course

9 Healthy Snack Ideas to Keep Your Diet on Course
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Sticking to a diet can be difficult. A reduction in calories, changes to eating habits, and missing out on treats can all make it tough to maintain. Cravings for something to eat between meals can often be a tripping point, especially when the only snacks available to buy are unhealthy and full of sugar and bad fats.

Certain times of the day can be particularly difficult. Mid-afternoon is a common time to feel hungry, as blood sugar and energy levels start to drop as the work day winds to a close. This is when there is a tendency to desire a pick-me-up, a craving for something full of carbohydrates and sugars, to boost the blood sugar levels. Cakes, candies and cookies are common culprits when breaking a diet, as they contain high levels of what the body is craving. The trick to avoid failing with the diet is to have a prepared list of great tasting, healthy snacks that will satisfy the cravings but that are also easy and convenient alternatives to the sugar laden treats.

Here are 9 healthy snack ideas that will satisfy your hunger between meals while keeping your diet on course.

1. Bananas

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    Naturally healthy and low in fat, bananas are filling snacks. Wrapped up in their ‘carry case’ they are a perfectly designed take-with-you snack. Bananas are rich in potassium which is essential for good heart function and they are also full of fiber for a healthy digestive system.

    2. Nuts

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      Nuts have a variety of nutritional benefits, so a handful of mixed nuts will provide you with many different vitamins and minerals and they are also packed with essential oils, fiber and protein. Just a handful of nuts can stave off hunger, releasing energy slowly and leaving you satisfied for longer. Nuts are an ideal snack to keep in your bag or on your desk, to tuck into whenever you get hungry between meals. Avoid the salted or flavored varieties and instead choose nuts in their natural form to gain the benefits without the additives.

      3. Korean sesame seed and seaweed snack

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        These are very low in calories and fat and full of nutrients so are a tasty alternative to potato chips. Research has shown that seaweed slows down gut transit, releasing its energy slowly which makes you feel fuller for longer. Sesame seeds contain oleic acid which helps lower bad cholesterol, as well as being full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

        4. Popcorn

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          Popcorn can be a healthy, filling snack as long as you avoid pre-prepared options coated in salt or sugary coatings and prepared in lots of oil. Either look for organic, low fat alternatives or better still, make your own in a pan or in the microwave. Just remember not to add any high calorie ingredients. Enjoy freshly popped and warm; they taste great just as they are!

          5. Low fat yogurt lollipops

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            A great treat for hot summer days! Buy plastic lollipop molds, fill with yogurt, and pop in the freezer. You’ve now got a tasty treat to enjoy, that you can grab from the freezer whenever you fancy.

            6. Oatmeal

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              Oatmeal, or porridge, is a popular breakfast staple but can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It is easy to prepare in a couple of minutes in a microwave, and you can either make it with low fat milk or water. You could add some fresh fruit or honey. This a snack that can be enjoyed at home or work and is an ideal choice in the cold months of the year when cravings for warm stodgy foods are stronger. It is a great food for the immune system and lowering cholesterol and it’s also full of antioxidants and helps stabilize blood sugar which reduces the cravings for snacking on sugary foods

              7. Veggie batons and low fat cream cheese

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                For a tasty treat that gives you all the benefits of fresh vegetables; cut carrots, cucumbers, sticks of celery, red bell peppers and spring onions into batons and dip into low fat cheese. The bright colors of the vegetables are an indicator of high levels of phyto-chemicals which are believed to help prevent cancers and cardiovascular disease. For a healthy vegan alternative, replace the cheese with low fat humus. For a heart friendly choice, choose a salsa dip. Tomatoes are full of an antioxidant called lycopene, which may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Make your own salsa to avoid the higher levels of salt and sugar found in many manufactured brands.

                8. Smoothies

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                  Make your own smoothies easily at home with just a large glass or jug, a cheap handheld blender and your chosen ingredients. Just add pieces of frozen fruit to a glass of fruit juice, add a banana to thicken and blend together. The result is a refreshing, tasty snack that will satisfy a hungry appetite, and is full of healthy fruit. These are easy and quick to make, and there is a never ending variety of different fruit flavors and combinations to try. For a creamier alternative, you could add low fat yogurt.

                  9. Homemade vegetable soup

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                    To make homemade vegetable soup, mix stock to water, add an onion and your favorite vegetables (peeled and chopped) to a saucepan or slow cooker and cook. When done, blend the contents, and you can now enjoy your homemade soup. You can cook larger amounts and freeze into portions, so you can have them available quickly and easily and avoid reaching for an unhealthy option. Soup is an ideal snack for work as you can take straight from the freezer and microwave when required, or heat up and pour into a thermos flask to take with you.

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                    Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                    Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                    By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                    Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                    83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                      84 write random letter

                        85 use a rubberband

                          86 dorm smell bad

                            87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                              89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                90 take a picture of the name card

                                  91 iron inside out

                                    92 old newspaper

                                      93 tumble try shoes

                                        keep a card like this

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                                            94 soap bar

                                              95 make a hole

                                                96 drop the battery

                                                  97 use a coozie

                                                    98 when taking a picture

                                                      use a clean dust pan

                                                        try a pants hanger

                                                          use your cellphone light

                                                            use a spring from an old pen

                                                              quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                user binder clips

                                                                  wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                    put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                      clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                        use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                          doritos are great for kindling

                                                                            use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                              use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                  use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                    almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                      sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                        unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                          cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                            remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                              turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                  how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                    tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                      place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                        ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                          use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                            take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                              how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                  How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                    user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                      good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                        turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                          50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                            the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                              add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                  hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                    stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                      the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                        how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                          the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                            use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                              to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                  a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                    rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                      use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                        50

                                                                                                                                                          51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                            52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                              rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                  use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                      59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                        60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                          hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                            Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                              hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                  if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                    keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                        drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                          use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                            use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                              do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                  dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                    put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                      75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                            78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                              79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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