If you are on a diet, chances are you’re far hungrier than usual. It is almost as if the whole point of a diet is to deprive you. Your favorite grocery aisle, your favorite fast food chain, and even your pantry all seem to have a “NO!” sign hanging above them.
This constant state of hunger almost invariably leads to snacking, but the problem is that snacks are often times a sure fire way to ruin your diet. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy snacking options that can satiate your appetite without adding inches to your waistline. Listed below are some great options that are low in calories and high in nutrition.
Organic Granola Bars
Granola bars have been a snack time staple for decades. You can find them at soccer games, nature hikes, and even school lunches. There is a good reason for this. They are usually high in protein, fiber, and several vitamins and minerals.
The protein and fiber go a long way in helping you feel full, and the low calorie count and vitamins are a great way to stay healthy without packing on the pounds. Look for variants that are low in sugar. Highly processes granola bars can often contain astronomical levels of refined sugars.
While few things are more tasty and nutritious than fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables offer a handful of unique benefits. The frozen type is not perpetually devolving into starch, so their uniquely sweet flavor is permanent. They are significantly cheaper than their fresh cousins, and you can store them for years before they go bad. Overall, vegetables are high in fiber and vitamins, making them an excellent choice when you’re looking for a quick snack.
Almost every study conducted on the topic of yogurt has come to the same conclusion. Individuals who consume high amounts of dairy products and calcium tend to lose significantly more weight than those who do not. This already makes yogurt a great snack choice.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that it is packed with protein and various vitamins, as well as probiotics which have been shown to strengthen your immune system and help regulate your digestion. Try the low-fat Greek variety. It packs double the protein of regular yogurt and has a creamier texture too.
Believe it or not, oatmeal is one of the healthiest things you can eat. The lightly processed variety packs both soluble and insoluble fiber, has tons of protein, and even contains several crucial vitamins and minerals. You can eat it plain, add a little flavor (cinnamon, fruit, and even a little sugar go a long way), or throw it into a smoothie for an extra nutrition kick.
Research has shown that a lot of snacking impulses come about not because you’re actually hungry, but rather because you’re bored or even thirsty. Next time you find yourself looking for a snack, ask yourself just how hungry you are. If you aren’t sure, reach for a stick of gum instead. It’ll keep you occupied and even help you burn calories and strengthen your jaw line as you chew.