So you’ve decided to participate in the Naturally Thin Diet, and have your meals all planned out – but what about snacks? It’s essential to snack when on a diet in order to prevent overeating at meal times. Below are some great options for snacks for people who are on the Naturally Thin Diet. Try them out today!
1. 1/4 Cup Blueberries
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that can aid in the treatment and prevention of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and the development of some types of cancers. Blueberries are also a rich source of fiber, which means that they will keep you full longer, and will prevent you from overeating at your next meal. While fresh blueberries will have the richest flavor, they can be expensive depending on your location and the season. Research has found that frozen fruits and vegetables contain the same amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as their fresh counterparts.
2. 1/4 Cup Edamame
Edamame is actually made from soybeans which have been harvested before they begin to harden, are quickly parboiled and then frozen in order to maintain their quality and flavor. Edamame is a rich source of protein, and is much lower in fat content than traditional protein sources. Edamame also contains high amounts of calcium, which is essential to promote and maintain healthy bones and teeth, and fiber. While fiber is crucial for maintaining a feeling of satiety, it is also effective in treating and preventing some types of cancer, including colon cancer. Make sure to select whole edamame with the skins on in order to get all possible health benefits.
3. 10 Almonds
A recent study by the British Journal of Nutrition found that individuals who included almonds in their diet were found to have an increase in the consumption of several important vitamins and minerals. Almonds contain nutrients that are essential in promoting and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, and have been found to be the most nutrient dense of all nuts. Almonds contain monounsaturated fats, which are a “healthy” fat that can promote heart health. Monounsaturated fat has been found to be very filling, which is essential for individuals who are currently on a diet.
4. 4 Ounces of Granola
Granola is an extremely versatile food that is great for people who are dieting. Granola is typically composed of oats, honey and occasionally nuts and rice, depending on the brand. Granola is a natural form of carbohydrate, which is essential to keep up energy stores when dieting. The honey found within granola is a natural sweetener, and is much better for keeping blood sugar levels in check than the traditional table sugar. Granola can be eaten by itself, added to half a cup of yogurt or mixed with fresh fruit for an added crunch. Making your own granola at home is an easy process, and allows you to add particular products that might not be otherwise found in prepackaged granola.