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Friday, March 9, 2012

Healthy Snacking

Many of us think that snacking causes weight gain and stops us from losing those extra pounds for the summer months. This is only true if you are snacking on the wrong foods. Of course, if you starve yourself, eventually, you will lose weight but in a very unhealthy way and dangerous for your life. So while shopping for snacks, avoid picking out boxes of crackers and premade dips which can both contain dangerously high amounts of salt and other products which will only leave you feel bloated and retain water weight.

Thankfully there is a way to get you out of this rut; and the answer to this is HEALTHY snacking. By learning to keep your body satisfied you will in turn largely benefit and in turn be in a better shape. You blood sugar drops down after only 3-4 hours of eating a meal. At this time, your body may go into famine mode, where it will want to store nutrients simply to survive. By snacking, you will keep your metabolism going and burning those stored nutrients we commonly see as fat storage. This does not mean you will be munching down of cardboard or flavorless foods.

Nuts, whole grain cereals and vegetables are what you should be eating between your meals to keep you going through the day. Here is one of my few new favorite snacks which keep me focused and energized during my weirdly scheduled days.

Red Pepper and Cilantro Hummus 
- 1 - 540ml can chick peas, drained
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 of a red pepper, chopped finely

Puree all ingredients until smooth consistency. Goes great with homemade roasted pita chips to which you will find the recipe by clicking here.

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