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Looking for the perfect snack to keep you feeling full, satisfied, and give you the energy levels to get through the day? Here are some guidelines to help you choose some great snacks for the week. And the best part? You can get creative!

1: Low GI Foods

Selecting snacks that are low glycemic index (low GI) means that the types of carbohydrates contained within those foods are generally high in fibre, less processed, and take longer to digest. This means they keep you feeling satisfied, and the glucose released when these carbohydrate molecules are broken down is done so more slowly.

So say goodbye to a sugar high (and crash) and hello to more stable moods and energy. Sounds like a much better way to make it between main meals. Think whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables with skin on, and no added sugar dairy to name a few.

2: Protein containing foods

Protein comes in the form of eggs, meat, chicken, fish, other poultry, nuts, and seeds, dairy, oats, broccoli, quinoa, lentils, and more. Including a small amount of protein with meals helps fight hunger, gives you better energy levels, and is often a valuable source of iron and other valuable nutrients.

As a bonus, adding protein to a meal helps to lower the glycemic index, so it’s a win-win!

3: Non-starchy vegetables

Because they are relatively low in calories, non-starchy vegetables are a great way to bulk up the quantity of your snack portions as well as the quality! Mushrooms, lettuce, spinach and other greens, sprouts, carrots (moderate amounts), broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, snow peas, green beans, capsicum, onions, tomato… all great!

Things like vegetable muffins or quiches, soups, salads and veggie sticks are all great choices. This also helps to contribute towards your 5 serves of vegetables each day. 1 serve = half a cup of cooked vegetables, or 1 cup of salad vegetables.

So what are your favourite weight loss snacks?

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