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‘5 best healthy snacks to aid weight loss’

When we’re tired and hungry, we tend to eat whatever we see and usually it’s quite unhealthy but it doesn’t have to be so. Preparing your snacks in advance is extremely easy. Eating healthy snacks prevents you from overeating later in the day. So here are 5 best healthy snacks for you that will boost your metabolism.

 

Popcorn

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By Ciaraanicolee via Flickr

 

Not only this snack is extremely filling, fast to make and low-calorie but it’s also full of fiber, which is an important part of healthy diet. Ana Mantica wrote for Eating Well: “Swapping refined grains for whole grains may help reduce total body fat and abdominal fat, according to new research in the Journal of Nutrition”.

 

Peanut Butter with No Added Sugar on whole grain crackers 

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By Melanie Major via Flickr

 

Peanut butter is full of protein, which your body can put towards building muscles. High lean body mass means your body burns more calories and your metabolism increases. Say ‘yay’ to this incredibly yummy combination.

 

Eggs baked in avocado

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By Moramo Paraguna via Flickr

 

Joe Wicks, the author of ‘Lean in 15’, claims this to be his ‘signature dish’: ‘Cut your avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop out a generous tablespoon flesh from each half to create a hole big enough for the egg…Crack an egg into each avocado half, season with a little salt and pepper and place on a microwaveable plate. Cook the eggs in 30-second bursts for 2 minutes – this should ensure firm whites, but runny yolks’. This high-protein snack will come out to less than 200 calories.

 

Chickpeas

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By “Bella” via Flickr

 

Chickpeas contain plenty of fiber and even some protein. Try adding two spoons of Greek yogurt with a bit of lemon juice and paprika to canned chickpeas- one of my all time favourite snacks.

 

Apple slices with cheese

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By Todd Baker via Flickr

 

An apple a day really does keep the doctor away- especially when it concerns healthy eating. The researchers, from Harvard and the University of East Anglia (UEA), found that the natural compound, flavonoid, that is high in many vegetables and fruits, such as apples, could prevent weight gain. Another study says that cheese could also have the same effect. Plus “having a little extra fat is good in a snack because it sustains you longer,” says Dietitian- Nutritionist Linda McLachlan.

 

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