If you are trying to lose weight, you already know how much of an uphill battle it can be. It is very difficult to cut back on yummy food. In fact, you might find the very idea of cutting back on tasty snack items so hard that you might not be able to bring yourself to pull the trigger on your diet plans. The good news is that there are lots of tasty alternatives to fat-drenched and calorie-packed snacks. You only have to have a plan regarding these snack alternatives. Always think in terms of substitution. Most snack items have great alternatives that taste great but won’t blow you up like a blimp. Here are some great alternative snacks that cater to a wide range of tastes.
Yolk-free hard-boiled eggs with hot sauce
Looking for a protein-rich bite-sized snack that packs lots of flavor? By taking out the yolk out of hard-boiled eggs and giving them a dollop of Thai-style (sriracha) hot sauce, you can treat yourself to a great-tasting, satisfying snack that has quite a bit of protein and quite tasty to boot. The extra touch of Thai hot sauce adds a little zip to this great snack. Another bonus this health snack alternative brings to the table is that it is fairly easy to prepare. This snack doesn’t have as much calories as a whole hard-boiled egg because the yolk is taken on out. Also, the sriracha hot sauce has a very low amount of calories. This snack is so tasty and low-calorie that you can treat yourself to a double serving without feeling guilty.
Lean turkey salad strips with mustard sauce
Unlike oil-based salad dressings, mustard sauce is very economical in calories. How economical? We’re talking a tiny fraction of typical oil-based salad dressing. Despite its small calorie footprint, mustard salad dressings and sauces still pack quite a bit of a punch. Considering the special taste of mustard, you don’t need much salt to bring out its flavor. This is why mustard sauce makes for a great low calorie yet tasty condiment. Add this condiment to lean turkey salad strips to wake up the turkey’s flavor. Not only is this snack low on calories, it also contains healthy protein, and can be quite filling.
One of the worst snacks you can ever eat is the popcorn served up by movie houses. Seriously. Movie-style popcorn offer the worst of all snack options. Not only are they loaded with salt and potentially artery-clogging liquid butter, the popcorn itself is popped using hot coconut oil. Coconut oil is the worst form of cooking oil due to its high saturated fat content. Still, buttered oil-popped movie-theater popcorn sure taste great. Watching a movie simply won’t be the same without this great snack. Thankfully, there is a healthier alternative to this movie-theater staple: air-popped popcorn. With air-popped popcorn, you get a lighter alternative to regular popcorn with the same fluffy great taste. Top your air-popped popcorn with ‘butter’ sauces made from healthy low-saturated fat oils.
Peanut butter on wholemeal all-wheat bread
The peanut butter jelly is one of the most popular kids’ snacks-possibly of all time. What’s not to love? There’s just something about biting down on some fluffy white bread slathered with the thick protein-rich flavorful richness of peanut butter. Not only does peanut butter pack more protein than some dairy-based snacks, it is also a great source of Vitamin E and other nutrients. The problem with eating a typical peanut butter sandwich on white bread is that you might be eating a sugar-rich snack. Many of the major brands of peanut butter sold in the United States contain lots of sugar. This sugar is usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup. It doesn’t help your health much that you’re enjoying your peanut butter on fluffy white bread. The problem? This type of bread had most of its dietary fiber and nutrients stripped out. For a healthier alternative, try unsweetened or plain ground peanut butter with little or no salt content spread on top of a whole meal whole wheat bread.
Soy milk with ground flaxseed
A cold tall glass of milk is a snack in of itself. Not only does it taste great, it can also be very filling. This is why enjoying a glass of milk with a cookie is such a classic snack for American kids. The problem with this snack combination is that milk packs lots of cholesterol and is a high calorie drink. Even if cow’s milk contains lots of protein and calcium, these aren’t as easily absorbed by the human body like we’ve been led to believe. Animal-based protein tends to lead to acid formation which gets in the way of our bodies’ processing of the amino acids these proteins contain. Our bodies use amino acids from the meat we contain to build new protein muscle tissues. If you are looking for a snack alternative that is as filling and satisfying but without the health issues, you might want to replace your afternoon or pre-lunch milk and cookie snack with a tall glass of soy milk loaded with ground flaxseed and maybe an oatmeal low-sugar cookie. Why? Not only does this snack alternative have lots of protein with fewer calories, you also feel lighter on your feet after drinking cholesterol-free soy milk. You don’t get that heavy feeling when you ingest the liquid cholesterol included in cow’s milk. Adding flaxseed to your soy milk reduces your cravings because the dietary fiber in ground flaxseed expands in your digestive system. As a result, your system sends less hunger signals to your brain. The brain-boosting and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed is also a great bonus.
One of the biggest challenges with dieting is how to manage your snacks. It is very hard to keep from snacking. The most practical way is to snack smart instead of trying to avoid snacking altogether. Keep the alternative snacks above in mind so you can lose weight with compromising on taste.