Take Eat Easy: 3 Healthy, Homemade Snacks for Weight Loss

Take Eat Easy: 3 Healthy, Homemade Snacks for Weight Loss

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One can lose weight by reducing appetite, losing weight without hunger, and improving metabolic health. You can successfully achieve these steps if you plan excellent weight loss management.

This article will highlight healthy, weight-loss snacks containing fiber, protein, and fat-burning nutrients. Moreover, it can easily be made at home and doesn’t cost too much, so you don’t have any excuse to skip a healthy diet.

Craving Satisfier: Chocolate and Banana

Satisfy your cravings with this easier-than-pie dessert made of bananas and chocolate dip. Don’t worry! Bananas can burn calories, and chocolates contain healthy fats that stimulate metabolism.

Not only are they safe for weight loss, but these chocolate-dipped banana bites are also fun to make! It could be a good time for you and your loved ones to bond together. If you don’t have aprons for them yet, check My Happy Helpers range of aprons and let your kids in on the fun.

Microwave chocolates at high for a minute until it melts. Then, dip bananas in it. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips/dark chocolate chips (both preferable for weight loss)
  • a small banana, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

Bananas are rich in fiber too. An adequate fiber intake is linked to reducing body weight because it would make you feel full a bit longer, causing you to eat fewer calories in the long run. Furthermore, it’s a fundamental nutrient supporting digestive health by maintaining regular bowel habits. In addition, bananas are also low in calories.

Chocolates are made from cocoa and are rich in flavanols that can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. Studies have shown that oligomeric procyanidin, a flavanol in chocolates, has anti-obesity properties that can fight weight gain and diabetes.

Fat Burner: Berries, Honey and Chili Pepper

As the name suggests, this shake made of berries, honey, and chili will surely help you burn fat. To do this shake, you can either manually stir or use a blender to mix the following ingredients:

  • a cup of mixed frozen berries
  • a pinch of chili powder
  • 400 mL/13.5 oz of milk
  • 200 mL/6.7 oz of cold green tea
  • 1 tbsp honey

Berries are an excellent food for a fat-burning, low-calorie shake. Most varieties of berries are rich in fiber and vitamins, as well. According to many studies, berries can stave off diabetes as they can improve one’s blood sugar control.

Honey contains vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats (unlike refined sugar), so it is beneficial to consume it though it has sugar. What’s more, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition added that essential hormones in honey could curb appetite and support weight loss. It is recommended to take honey before going to bed to burn more calories while sleeping.

Chili peppers are also beneficial in losing weight. Researchers from the University of California discovered that the chemical capsaicin found in chili peppers raises one’s energy expenditure and body temperature, making one lose fat more.

Hunger Beater: Kale, Apple, and Yogurt

Gone are the days when green juices were considered foul-tasting health drinks. There is no need to suffer through or pinch your nose with this hunger-beater smoothie —a combination of kale, fruits, yogurt, and honey. You just need to mix them all manually or use a blender.

To be specific, here are the ingredients that you need:

  • a handful of kale
  • one apple (core removed)
  • one pink grapefruit (peeled)
  • a cup of water
  • 4 oz or half a cup natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Kale is included in the most nutrient-dense veggies in the world. Aside from being a superfood, kale contains protein and fiber, which are both essential nutrients to suppress hunger and lose weight. Moreover, kale has a lower energy density due to its low calorie and high water content, which are both weight loss friendly.

Like kale, apples are also one of the foods with low energy density. Aside from having a low-calorie density, another reason why foods with low energy density can aid weight loss is that they tend to be high in fiber and water. Being rich in fiber and high in water can promote satiety and appetite reduction, causing weight control.

Adding yogurt to this smoothie can also maximize its weight loss effect. Yogurt contains calcium and protein, which helps muscle recovery and metabolism. Ultimately, its unpasteurized varieties involve a concentration of probiotics, which improves your gut health. Having poor digestion is linked to weight gain and difficulty in losing weight.

Takeaway

In most weight reduction plans, there is a need to cut calorie intake and avoid high-carb foods. Your ultimate goal is to lose many liquids and get rid of excess fat. So, to maximize effects, many recommend lifting weights at least thrice a week.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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