One of the biggest things that I find keeps clients stuck is often not eating ENOUGH.
I know it may seem counterintuitive…
You should lose weight when you eat less, right?!
Well like anything, yes to a point…
…and then your body starts to turn against itself when it’s not getting the energy and nutrients it needs.
So your body will start to STORE fat.
It’s worried you’re going to starve to death!!
So your metabolism will start to slow down to conserve energy…
…because you aren’t getting the energy you need.
That means it’s SUPER important to get enough food in each day to keep your body in a fat burning state and to keep that metabolism rocking.
And a great way to do that is with some healthy, filling “snacks”.
And I say “snacks” for a reason…
Snacks need to be balanced and filling so they stick with you and so you’re not just mindlessly munching all day long.
That 50 calorie apple, although a healthy option, just won’t cut it, but add in 2 tablespoons of almond butter and now we’re talking.
Here are a few ideas to help turn those snacks into a filling meal that sticks with you and keeps you on track to get in the energy and nourishment your body needs:
1. Veggies + Guacamole
Veggie sticks are great…but by themselves they don’t add up to much! I love to add some fatty (healthy fat so it’s all good!) guacamole to make this option more filling and calorie packed.
2. Loaded Smoothie
Just be sure to load it up with some healthy fats and protein. I love Eniva protein powder for that. And for fats, that’s easy, throw in 1/2 an avocado, a scoop of nut butter, or a tablespoon or two of chia seeds.
3. Jerky Bar & Nut Butter Packets
I love Epic Jerky Bars and Justin’s Nut Butter packets. They are easy to take anywhere and are great for multi-tasking, like when you’re driving in the car!
4. Protein Bar
Ok, so most protein bars out there are candy bars with a little protein added. Stay away from those. If there’s a long list of ingredients, especially ones you don’t have a clue what they are, then stay away. My favorite is RX Bars or Bulletproof Collagen Bars. Now don’t make them the main staple of your diet, but they are great to grab-and-go in a pinch and one of the best ones I’ve found out there (and are easy to find in most stores!)
5. Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Cottage cheese is loaded with protein. And I would even suggest going full fat (but stick to organic as fat is where toxins are stored in those non-organic brands…ewww!)
6. Deli Roll-Ups
One of my favorite meals is taking some nitrate-free deli meat and rolling it up with some cheese, avocado, and veggies! Quick, easy, delish!
7. Chia Pudding
LOVE this stuff! It’s like dessert 😉 Yummers! Add 2 tbsp chia seeds for each 1/2 cup of coconut or almond milk. Sweeten with a little stevia for a low sugar treat. I use full fat coconut milk for extra filling fats and top with my favorite berries or other fruit.
Are you starting to see a trend here?
Adding in some fats and proteins can start to bulk up your meals giving you the energy your body needs to function at it’s best…and that means burning fat and leaving you feeling energized too!
So, I’m curious what’s your favorite healthy snack?