There seems to be a very common thought process that floats around every now and then that says if you want to lose weight you need to stay far away from the carbs and snacks, and especially stay away from carb-loaded snacks.
“The thing is, your body actually needs carbs”
Sure, some refined carbs can really throw your weight loss goals off, staying completely away from carbs is a huge mistake. Carbohydrates found in foods like grains, vegetables and fruits are crucial for your body to properly function.
One of the functions that your body needs carbs for is fuel. Carbs are your bodies source of energy that you will need to fuel your workouts, after all, workouts are going to help you lose weight a lot more than skipping your morning bagel will.
While you may decide that cutting out snacks (especially carby ones) is a good call, it can be difficult and lead to caving in and overloading on carbs. The good news is there are some carb-loaded snacks that can help you on your weight loss adventure.
Granola is loaded with whole grain carbs and protein which are all things your body needs and can help refuel your body after a hard workout. Your granola parfait can be created by layering granola and thawed frozen berries with a few spoonfuls of Greek yogurt. This high-fiber and protein rich snack can actually help you manage your weight.
Skip on the marshmallow and sugarcoated kiddie cereal and reach for a whole grain cereal to fuel your days, or as a pre-workout snack. While there are a lot of cereals that should be totally avoided when trying to lose weight, but cereal with at least 3 grams of fiber and 8 or less grams of sugar is ideal.
Ripe bananas have a bad reputation for being loaded with sugars and starches, and while this is a deserved reputation, green bananas (before they ripen) are loaded with slow-digesting starches which helps with weight loss, and they are a lot less sugary before they ripen.
Popcorn may sound like a snack that is an absolute no-go when you are on a mission to lose weight, but in actuality, if you do not drown your popcorn in butter or salt, it is actually a perfectly good snack to help keep those cravings away. With just about 30 calories per cup of popcorn you could indulge into three to four cups of it as a snack and still keep your weight loss goals on track.
Baked Potato with Broccoli and Cheese
A baked potato with some low-fat cheese and a healthy dose of broccoli is the perfect snack that can also double as a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Thanks to the carbs and fiber in the potato and broccoli, and the protein from the cheese, this snack will give you lots of fuel to energizer your day.
Chickpeas, like other beans, lentils and dried peas, not only taste great, but are loaded with all the things your body needs to maintain a proper energy level to help you lose weight. Roasted Chickpeas are loaded with high-fiber carbohydrates, as well as a good level of protein for a snack. One of the major benefits of this snack, though, is the fact that just a little bit will make you feel full, thus squashing any cravings or urge to overeat.
When you are looking to lose weight it is not often that you are able to have carbs and satisfy your sweet tooth all in one snack, but making fruit popsicles is the best way for you to actually do this. The easiest way to make these is by blending a half cup of water with a dozen strawberries, and one banana. This should produce enough for four molds.
Mix together a few pistachios, whole-grain cereal and dried raisins and you have yourself one easy, but successful way to put an end to those mid-day munchies and keep yourself on track for weight loss.