When we hear the word “snacking” many of us tend to believe that to lose weight snacking is something we need to stay away from. Snacking is not only essential to successful weight loss it also supplies our body with much needed nutrients throughout the day. It’s important not to confuse healthy snacking with snacking out of boredom. What’s the difference you ask? Healthy snacking helps to control you hunger between meals and aids in stopping us from over-eating. Snacking out of boredom is not healthy, we are merely eating to entertain ourselves and essentially over-eating, which is exactly what healthy snacking is trying to steer clear of.
So what are some examples of healthy snacks? We thought you would never ask! Slim Measures have compiled a small list of healthy snacks that you can munch on through out the day that are not over 100 calories and will help to keep you from over indulging at your regular meals!
1 oz. Goat Cheese + 1/2 Cup Sliced Cucumber
3 Almonds, Chopped + 4 oz. Plain Yogurt + A Drizzle of Honey
1/2 Cup Sliced Peaches + 1 oz. Prosciutto
1 Sliced Tomato + 1 oz. Fresh Mozzarella + 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 Cup Diced Watermelon + 1 oz. Feta Cheese + 1 Tsp. Chopped Mint
The Team at Slim Measures hope you enjoy these healthy snacks!
As we get older it is inevitable that our metabolism will begin to get slower if we do not take the necessary steps to help boost and maintain it. Our bodies need energy to perform daily activities such as walking, talking, breathing and digestion, this energy is produced by our metabolism. If you don’t have a healthy metabolism every day functions such as the ones listed can become exhausting and uncomfortable. There are many ways that one can boost and maintain a healthy metabolism. Today we are going to focus on the top 10 metabolism boosting foods and exactly how they help one to boost and maintain a healthy metabolism.
- Egg Whites: Egg whites have no fat or cholesterol, they are also an excellent source of amino acid which help in boosting your metabolism. Egg whites are also a good source of vitamin B2 which helps in metabolic activities and energy formation.
- Avocado: This fruit is a source of l-carnitite which aids in the boosting of your metabolism. It has many other health benefits such as lowering blood cholesterol and controlling blood pressure. Avocado’s also contain vitamins like vitamin K, B9, B6, B5 and vitamin C.
- Ginger: This herb can boost your metabolic rate by up to 20% in three hours! It can also reduce stress and improves your immune system, but do not over consume this herb because it can lead to heartburn and indigestion.
- Almonds: Almonds contain fatty acids which help to increase your metabolism. Their antioxidant properties also aid in the removal of free radicals and toxins from the body. Almonds can also reduce the risk of heart attacks and lower bad cholesterol.
- Broccoli: Broccoli’s amazing combination of calcium and vitamin C make it a superb metabolism booster! It is also low in calories and saturated fats but very high in fiber. Broccoli consumption also aids in reducing the risk of cancer.
- Spinach: Spinach not only helps to boost your metabolism it’s an actual SUPER FOOD! Spinach is chock full of vitamin K which is essential for bone health it also has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.
- Chili Peppers: They not only aid in boosting your metabolism and burning calories, chili peppers are also rich in vitamin C. They are a good source of minerals such as potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium.
- Cucumbers: High in dietary fiber, vitamins A, K and C but low in calories and comprised of about 96% water, cucumbers not only boost your metabolism but re-hydrate your body as well.
- Garlic: Garlic not only aids in breaking down fat and increasing your metabolism, consumption of garlic can also prevent skin problems like acne, blemishes and blackheads as well. Garlic also possesses anti-biotic properties which combats infections caused by fungi, bacteria and parasites.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain Lycopene, which is a very powerful antioxidant. They have zero cholesterol and are extremely low in calories. This very rich antioxidant food not only will boost your metabolism but will strengthen your immune system, reduce cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Incorporating these metabolism boosting foods into your diet will not only help you boost and maintain your metabolism but you will also reap the nutritional benefits that they have to offer as well! Try to incorporate these foods into your diet on a daily basis and see how much better you begin to feel!
Clean eating is all the craze now but do you really know what clean eating is? It’s gotten relatively popular over the past couple of years but clean eating has been around since as early as the 1960’s, although the reasoning back then for clean eating was based more on a spiritual and moral level rather than eating clean for your health. Clean eating is as simple as it sounds, eating real unprocessed foods!
Most of the unwanted calories we add to our diet on a daily basis come from processed and refined foods. What are processed and refined foods? Candy, chips and soda are just a few examples of processed and refined foods. The first rule of thumb to clean eating is avoiding foods that have ingredients in them that are chemicals or simply names you can’t even pronounce. Processed and refined foods have little to no nutritional value and are very difficult for the body to digest, giving us side affects such as bloating, fatigue and weight gain.
Cutting processed and refined foods out of our diet and focusing on lean proteins, vegetables, fruits and whole grains is the first step to eating clean. Not only will you look and feel better by cutting processed and refined foods out of your diet you are on the path to a healthy eating and living lifestyle.
So what foods can I eat that are considered eating clean? I’ve compiled a short list of some of the best for you and best tasting clean eating foods:
- Avocado Oil
- Olive Oil
- Almond Butter
- Blue-fin Tuna
- Egg Whites
- Pork Chops
- Wheat Flour
- Quinoa Flour
- Sugar Free Maple Syrup
- Coconut Sugar
- Blue Berry
- Beet Greens
- Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Greek Yogurt
- Brown Rice
- Black Beans
Think this list is long? Truth is this isn’t even a quarter of the clean eating foods that you can enjoy! Get out there, read your labels and educate yourself on the foods you are putting into your body. Knowledge is power and knowing what you are putting into your body is going to put you on the path of eating and living a healthy life!
I am a big fan of juicing, but there is a right and wrong way to juice. First things first! Go easy on fruit juices, especially with tropical fruits like mango and pineapple both of which are very high in sugar. Fruits offer plenty of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes but I don’t recommend regular juicing with fruit, especially if you are on a weight loss plan. Pineapple mango juice contains almost 8 teaspoons of natural sugar that will send your blood sugar and insulin levels soaring, increasing fat storage. The exception is using the occasional green apple to sweeten some of the more bitter green drinks. Why? Green apples are relatively low in sugar and high in fiber.
Try to focus on organic, raw green veggies for maximum nutrition in freshly pressed juice. This is a great way to sneak more veggies in concentrated form into your diet. Juices should not be a substitution for eating your vegetables, however. Vegetable juice should be used as an accompaniment to a meal or in between meals for an afternoon energy boost. Juicing makes it easier to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables you’re juicing and makes it easy to get a wider variety of veggies you may not otherwise eat.
The best veggies to utilize when juicing:
- Cucumbers: cleansing and good for skin health.
- Celery: anti-inflammatory and alkalizing.
- Beets: liver cleanser and great a source of iron.
- Carrots: rich in beta-carotene but use caution with carrot juice it’s also high in sugar.
- Kale: alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid.
- Wheat grass: detoxifies and also alkalizing.
- Fennel: excellent for digestion
I’ve included one of my favorite juice recipes, visit our Slim Measures Pinterest page to see more!
The Green Machine:
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Small Bunch of Parsley
- 1/2 a Bunch of Chard
- 1/2 a Bunch of Spinach
- 1 Bunch of Kale
- 3 Stocks of Celery
- Juice of 1 Lime