Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Amazing Snacks That Burn Fat

Snacking is actually a great way for you to keep your body’s energy level up and make sure you get your daily dose of nutrients. But to achieve this, you need to snack on foods that will provide you with more than just empty calories. Americans love to snack almost as much as we want to lose weight. But according to recent research by the USDA, our snacking habits are adding too many calories and too few nutrients to our diets.  Moreover, eating the right snacks can also help in burning fat.

Amazing Snacks That Burn Fat

1 . Figs

This exotic fruit is an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep you full longer. Snacking on figs will help you eat less and burn fat faster. Plus they're a great option when you're craving something sweet but don't want a snack with added sugar. Skip the cookies and opt for fresh or dried figs to get the most health benefits.

2 . Chile-Lime Peanuts

These spicy nuts were inspired by ones sold by street vendors across Mexico. If you can only find salted peanuts, omit the added salt. Add the maximum amount of cayenne pepper if you want an extra hit of spice.

3 . Cheddar Cheese

If you love cheese then here’s some great news for you: Studies have shown that a component found in cheddar, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), aids in weight loss and helps build muscle.

4 . Apple and Skim Milk

By including a protein with your carbohydrate, you will help sustain your energy and keep hunger at bay for several hours.

5 . Watermelon

This summertime favorite increases amino acids and helps support metabolism! Plus, since it's water-based, it's also very hydrating. One cup a day is all you need to start burning fat. Eat it plain or throw it into a blender and sip away at one of these fat-burning smoothies:

6 . Whole-Grain Cereal-Based Snack Mix

To make one of my go-to snacks, I toss about 3/4 cup of a low-sugar, high-fiber (but oh-so-delicious) cereal into a small container with 12 almonds (that’s about 1/2 ounce). It’s an easy-to-eat-on-the-run, filling snack or breakfast that delivers whole grains and nuts and lots of staying power for only 175 calories. Sometimes, I sweeten it up with a tablespoon or two of raisins.

7 . Canned Tuna on Whole-Wheat Crackers

If you don't want to incorporate dairy into every snack, a can of tuna (packaged in water) is another great source of lean protein plus healthy Omega-3s. For about 200 calories, you can enjoy 3 ounces of light tuna and 6 whole-wheat crackers—complete with 3 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein.

8 . Warm Pear with Cinnamon Ricotta

For a quick and easy snack, you can cut a pair in half an warm it up in the oven, then put a cinnamon ricotta mixture on each half for adelicious treat.

9 . Popcorn

Don’t forget: this movie-theater favorite is a whole grain and has only 20 calories per cup (just skip the butter). Plus, as Ana Mantica reported in EatingWell Magazine, swapping refined grains for whole grains may help reduce total body fat and belly fat, swapping refined grains for whole grains may help reduce total body fat and belly fat, according to research in the Journal of Nutrition. In this study, people who ate about 3 servings of whole grains a day had about 2.4 percent less body fat and 3.6 percent less abdominal fat than those who ate less than a quarter of a serving. Fiber from whole grains may help you feel full on fewer calories—and possibly fuller than fiber from other sources, such as fruit and vegetables, the authors speculated.

10 .  Oats

Oats are high on fibre and low on calories. A bowl of oats will fill you up and keep you feeling full for a much longer time. If having a bowl of oats for snack is not very appealing, you can make some homemade oatmeal cookies and have these for snack. Just make sure to make a healthy version with less butter and sugar.