For many women, dieting equals food restriction. Snacks? They usually get eliminated in the name of saving calories. But snacking when you're watching your weight is actually a good idea. "[When dieting,] people often wait too long in between meals, so by the time they eat, they're so hungry, their portions or choices are out of control," says Linda McLachlan, RD, CDN, a New Jersey dietitian with Nutrition Matters, LLC. "Snacking helps keep you satisfied and wards off cravings." Here, seven low-calorie snacks to help you with your diet goals.
To improve thyroid function — the gland manages growth and metabolism — look no further than a low-calorie, low-fat hard-boiled egg, suggests registered dietitian Amy Shapiro. If you like spice, drizzle your snack with sriracha sauce. "It contains capsaicin, a compound found in chile peppers that helpsburn calories and fat," says Karen Ansel M.S., coauthor of The Calendar Diet.
Eating a snack between meals helps curb your hunger so that you don't inhale your dinner when you finally sit down to eat a meal. Snacking can also help you get in all the nutrients you need. On the flip side, grazing all day-particularly on foods with little nutritional value-may result in eating too much. It's a great idea to shop for snacks at the grocery store and pack them for work so you are prepared when hunger strikes. Many of these are also great on-the-go snack options.
Similar to our two recipes above, but this time with apples and butter! Scoop out the pit of the apple and throw in nuts and dried fruit. Top them up with a mix of melted butter, cinnamon and sugar. Pop the apples in the oven for about 25 minutes on 380°F/180°C. Perfect Christmas snack right there! Check out a more detailed recipe of these apples over here.
I say potayto, you say potahto, we all say baked potatoes! Potatoes are a lazy cook’s best friend—cheap, adaptable and filling—how could you go wrong with that? Skip the mashing, the French fries, go and just bake your potatoes instead. While baking potatoes can take about an hour, it’s actually perfect for the lazy cook. Just pop it in the oven and come back when it’s ready! For the lazy and the time-crunched, wrap your potato in a wet paper towel and microwave until tender, around 4-7 minutes. To make your baked potato into a meal, make sure to stuff them with robust fillings. Beans, vegan cheese, crumbled tempeh, or frozen veggies are all simple ingredients for stuffing. Use these 8 Ways to Make Badass Baked Potatoes as inspiration for your own creations or try these Twice-Baked Cheesy Hummus Potatoes. For a meal with more nutrients and antioxidants, try using baked sweet potatoes. The lentil, kale, or Mediterranean recipes in 10 Ways to Stuff a Sweet Potato would be perfect options for the hungry and lazy vegan.
What it comes down to is eating when you’re hungry. Don’t let yourself get ravenous which can lead to unhealthy choices and overeating. If you know you are going to be out and about all day, toss an apple, banana and a bag of mixed nuts and dried fruits in your bag. That way you’ll always have something healthy to reach for when hunger hits. If you’re completely new to plant-based eating, head over and read my post with tips for plant-based beginners.
Need to use up some leftover ingredients? Make a pita pizza! Don’t fret about making the dough, that’s what whole grain pita bread is for. While pita bread makes filling and tasty sandwiches, it’s also a great base for loading toppings on. Whole grain pita bread is typically high in protein and fiber, and it’s ideal for the lazy vegan because it’s already cooked for you! Pita pizza is also awesome because it’s just the right size for one person. Start with pita bread, spread on some sauce, add some non-dairy cheese, and pile on any vegetables you have on hand. This Vegan Pepper Jack Cashew Cheese is my favorite as it will add some spice to your Homemade Pita Bread. For an easy fix, use store-bought vegan cheese like Daiya or Tofutti. Mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach or broccoli are healthy options for vegetable toppings, and many of these can come frozen or from a jar. Check out this Ultimate Guide to Making Homemade Pizza and simply use a pita for the base. After assembled, pop your pita in an oven at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes and you’ve got yourself a quick and wholesome meal.
"This duo is packed with protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids which helps to reduce inflammation and keep cholesterol in check," says registered dietitian, Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D., author ofBody Kindness. In addition to offering a slew of vitamins and minerals (potassium, calcium, folic acid, and more), its velvety, buttery richness feels like an indulgent treat, which helps you keep feeling full for longer.
Oatmeal is a complex carb, meaning it helps fill you up without spiking your blood sugar. Plus, it's a good source of fiber and eating more fiber helps people lose weight and keep it off. While we think of it typically as breakfast, a small bowl of oats makes a hearty, filling and delicious snack. To make this snack more convenient-keep a packet or two of unsweetened instant oatmeal at your desk or make overnight oats in a mason jar.
Raise your hand if you’re a snackaholic! I’m guessing I’m not the only one with my hand in the air right now 🙂 I’m a firm believer that snacks are vital to our diets and keep us going between meals. They’re great for giving us energy, curbing our sweet tooth and preventing us from getting hangry throughout the day. Today we’re rounding up 16 of our favorite healthy snack recipes for you to enjoy!