Do you ever have those days when all you want to do is eat snacks? Usually, this results in reaching for whatever is convenient, resulting in poor eating choices that will increase the likelihood of weight gain. If only there were a way to snack when you want to and not gain weight. Well, if you snack right, you’ll find there is a way. Not all snacks pack on the pounds.
Here are some tasty snack foods that let you munch away without worrying about your waistline.
Eating grapefruit for breakfast is not only a great way to start the day, but it’s also a great snack to eat all day long. Studies have shown that grapefruit juice increases weight loss, meaning you can eat and eat and not gain weight. One such study found that obese patients who were given half a grapefruit or grapefruit juice before each meal three times a day experienced a significant amount of weight loss after a 12-week period.
Along with aiding in weight loss, grapefruit has a host of health benefits that make it worth consuming. This juicy citrus fruit is packed with vitamin C, improves digestions, and can reduce the risk of various health problems. Half a grapefruit for breakfast anyone?
An apple a day does more than keeping the doctor away; it also allows you to snack all day without gaining weight. Apples are fibrous fruits that are low in calories, about 45 calories per serving. Both of these factors are key when it comes to warding off the weight. Fiber increases the feeling of fullness decreasing the likelihood of overeating, while a low caloric diet means you have less to burn when keeping off the pounds. So go ahead, munch on an apple a day, or several for that matter.
Eggs are a low-calorie, protein-packed food with essential minerals and vitamins. Munching on eggs not only allows you to reap these health benefits, but it also boosts weight loss. A study by the Rochester Center for Obesity Research showed that having eggs for breakfast decreased daily caloric intake by 400 calories — that’s a whole meal! Hard boil a few and keep them around for when your next snack attack strikes.
The summer is full of wonderful seasonal fruits, but none may be as enticing as those tiny juicy blueberries. It’s hard not to eat an entire basket in one sitting when they’re ripe for the picking. Luckily, thanks to their wonderful health benefits, you can eat as many baskets as you want without all the guilt.
According to Women’s Fitness, a study by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center found that eating blueberries may reduce belly fat. They also found that blueberries may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Add that in with all the free-radical neutralizing antioxidants blueberries contain, and you have a superfood worth indulging in.
Some beverages can pack on the pounds without you even realizing it, but not tea. The wonderful thing about sipping on tea all day is that you won’t gain weight — as long as you leave out all the sweeteners and cream. In fact, you can lose weight when drinking certain varieties. According to Shape, drinking some teas can boost your metabolism and prevents fat cells from forming. If you’re a sipper and want to enjoy tea all day long, try varieties like green tea, oolong tea, white tea, and rooibos tea. Each has its benefits that help to keep your waistline slim.