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10 Protein Snacks To Help You Lose Weight

  • January 11, 2016
  • By dteix
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10 Protein Snacks To Help You Lose Weight

KYG 10 Protein SnacksI realize this is not the first time you’ll read that protein can help you lose weight. Amongst the high protein-low carbohydrate nutrition mania are hundreds of “experts” designing programs with very little to no carbs. I hear a new one each week and I always cringe when someone tells me the details; there’s the no grains diet, the only protein and fat diet, the 500 calories with pregnancy shot diet (sounds like a violent collision of being hangry and menopausal), the low calorie-no carb-no exercise diet, and the count your points diet.

My head spins trying to figure out which diet is best for health, sanity, and metabolism.

What I do have clarity on is that each meal and snack should contain a combination of a high fiber carb, a lean protein, and a healthy fat and that these foods should come from a clean source (a.k.a. whole foods, organic, range free, hormone free, no artificial color/flavor).

My rule: If you don’t recognize the food or can’t pronounce the ingredients, put it back.

The reason you need carbohydrate, protein and fat every time you eat is because combining macronutrients provides a ton of benefits:

  • Carbohydrates provide ready energy to your body, it burns the quickest for fast fuel
  • Fats and protein are broken down slower which allows your body to feel full and prolongs your energy
  • Some foods are incomplete proteins, found in plant foods they need other foods to make up a complete protein. Generally grains, cereals, nuts, or seeds can be eaten together with dried beans, dried peas, lentils, peanuts or peanut butter to form a complete protein
  • Carbohydrates provide glucose, which is the fuel your brain needs for concentration, focus, and clarity
  • Protein provides the needed amino acids your muscles use to recover and rebuilt post-resistance workout
Snacks should be between 200-350 calories each for a 1,500 calories diet.

Try these 10 snacks taken from weeks 1 and 2 meal plans of the Keep Your Glow 30-Day Challenge:

  1. Dip 10 brown rice crackers into 2T almond butter
  2. Chew on 3 oz of dried, nitrate- and hormone-free jerky along with a handful of cotton candy grapes, you’ll love the sweet and salty combo
  3. Salt and pepper 2 hard boiled eggs and eat with sliced apple
  4. Combine 1/4 cup mixed raw nuts together w/ 1/4 cup dried cranberries for a homemade trail mix
  5. Blend the KYG Positive Protein juice (it’s chocolate goodness!)
  6. Slice a banana lengthwise,coat 1 side w/nut butter, top with other side for a banana sandwich
  7. Enjoy 2T hummus with 1 cup veggie sticks (change it up often; bell peppers, carrots, jicama)
  8. Wrap 1/4 cup black beans in a corn tortilla and top with fresh salsa, eat 2!
  9. Pop up non-GMO popcorn and toss in 1/2 of shelled edamame, toss with sea salt and a little cayenne for a no-guilt nibble
  10. Make a slit in 5 pitted dates and slide a whole walnut into the middle for a sweet and crunch snack
My philosophy for healthy eating and losing weight is this:

If the restrictions on a nutrition plan out number the freedoms, you can bet it’s not a program that will help you to developing new healthy lifestyle habits that stick.

Stock up on the right carbohydrates, proteins and fats so you’ll have snacks and meals available to help you think, feel, and look the way you should….awesome!

 

 

By dteix, January 11, 2016
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