Yes, it's true! Snack more to lose more. Sounds pretty awesome doesn't it? But there is a catch... of course.
First, keep your snacks small. Portion size matters!
Second, keep it healthy.
So let me rephrase my initial thought and say "Eat more small, healthy snacks and lose weight!" It might not sound as awesome now because I'm sure you're thinking that a Hershey's Kiss is a better snack idea than a cup of Greek yogurt. And I'll give you that. But healthy snacks don't have to be yucky snacks. There are plenty of snacks that can help get you through that afternoon craving for sugar and keep your metabolism up so you're burning more calories while sitting at your desk, or on the run squeezing in as many errands as possible between camp pick ups!
What's super easy you ask? I love taking frozen berries and nuking them for about 45 seconds and then adding them to a cup of Greek yogurt. Fast, easy and yummy. I've even nuked a sliced up banana or apple and added cinnamon on top. You can be really creative when it comes to your snacking. Heat up some fruit and top a rice cake with it (or how about topping it with some homemade strawberry chia spread? Hmmm?) Take boring and make it interesting. If you do that then healthy snacks will start to sound a lot better than Hershey Kisses! Plus, you won't feel guilty afterwards and that can propel you to make better dinner choices. Next thing you know, the weight will just start melting off.
So snack more, I promise it won't ruin your appetite!
Here is a great energy bar you can whip up in no time and have on hand all week long. It's full of protein, and a little healthy fats to help keep you full.. but remember, portions matter too so don't overdo it, even though they're healthy, too much of a good thing... well you know.
1 cup oats (flour)
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 mashed banana
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs flax seeds (ground)
3 Tbs sliced almonds
Drizzle of raw honey
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
A few shakes of salt
Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a food processor, add in 1 cup of oats and process until they turn into a flour-like consistency. Transfer oats to a medium sized bowl and add in the steel cut oats, banana, cinnamon, flax seeds and sliced almonds. Mix until combined. In a smaller bowl add all the wet ingredients and mix. Combine the wet to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Spread mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper and top with the dark chocolate chips. Bake for 15 min. Remove from oven and let sit to cool. Slice into bars and enjoy all week long - if they last that long!