5 Snacks to Stay Slim
The idea of snacking to stay slim might sound counter intuitive, but we’re not talking cheese and crackers here. Instead think healthy fats and super nutrients to stabilize your blood sugar, boost your metabolism and stop you overeating. Goodbye cravings for acid-forming crisps; hello hunger for these healthy morsels.
Coconut Oil Coffee: Follow singer Lykke Li and melt coconut oil in your morning latte (or Matcha green tea). In one study, women who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil (30 ml) daily experienced both a reduction in waist circumference, as well as a boost in their ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels.
Eggs: Eating protein with every meal, is like putting a log on your metabolic fire, according to Sarah Wilson author of I Quit Sugar. Two eggs at breakfast will provide 12g of protein - as well as healthy omega-3 fats and B vitamins. Vegans could try a ‘chia egg.’
Nuts and Seeds: Thanks to the combination of protein and healthy fats – plus mood boosting magnesium – they are the ideal snack for when sugar cravings hit. If you’re the type of person who can’t stop once you pop a packet, practice damage control by keeping a small SOS sandwich bag in your top drawer.
Avocado with vegetable crackers: Eat half an avocado at lunch and cut 4pm hunger pangs by 40 per cent, says one recent study. You can include avocado in your salad or slather it on vegetable crackers – I like these raw sprouted ‘crackits’ from InSpiral.
Miso Soup: Whack in a bit of dried wakame for extra slim-line benefits. Rich in Fucoxanthin, the seaweed has been clinically proven to aid weight loss. The miso itself will keep cravings at bay thanks to the umami factor, says the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.