So you've decided to try the No Sugar, No Flour Diet, and have all of your meals planned out. Now it's time to think about snacks. Eating healthy, well-planned snacks helps to alleviate hunger, and prevents overeating at meal times. Here are some easy, fast snacks that will work well on the No Sugar, No Flour Diet. Feel free to experiment with these snacks to find the foods that work best for you.
1. Peanut Butter on Celery Sticks
Peanut butter is a rich source of protein, and though it contains higher levels of fat than some lean protein sources, the fat found in peanut butter is monounsaturated, which has been found to be effective in promoting satiety in dieting individuals. Celery is a fluid-dense food, meaning that it contains high amounts of water. Individuals who are on a diet often develop the propensity to become dehydrated due to lowered food and beverage intake. Eating celery can provide the water that may be missing in your diet.
2. Yogurt with Berries
Yogurt contains high amounts of calcium, which is essential in promoting and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. When choosing yogurt, make sure to look for lowfat or nonfat brands, with no added sugar. Plain yogurts that are native to Greece or other Mediterranean countries are typically in the most natural form, with no added sugar or other preservatives.
Raspberries and blackberries provide fiber, which can keep you feeling full and prevent binging at mealtime. Berries that are fresh will most likely have the best taste. However, they can be expensive depending on the season and your location. Frozen berries are a good alternative, because they contain the same amounts of vitamins and minerals as their fresh alternatives, and they are often a more affordable choice. If you choose frozen berries, make sure to purchase brands that have no added sugar or preservatives.
3. Carrots with Cottage Cheese
Carrots are another good source of fiber, and therefore are helpful in preventing feelings of hunger. Carrots also contain several minerals, nutrients and vitamins that are essential in the diets of all individuals. Cottage cheese is a good source of calcium. As with yogurt, it is important that when choosing cottage cheese that you read the label carefully. Choose cottage cheese made from lowfat or nonfat milk, with as few additives as possible. Adding basil, rosemary or other herbs and spices can change the flavor of the cottage cheese, making it an ideal dipping sauce for carrots or other vegetable snacks. Experiment with differnt herbs until you get a flavor that perks your interst.
4. Oatmeal with Maple Syrup
Oatmeal provides the carbohydrates that are essential in maintaining energy stores. Oatmeal is also a rich source of fiber, and can promote feelings of satiety as well as prevent some chronic diseases such as colon cancer. Maple syrup is a natural sweetener, and can provide a quick boost to regular oatmeal. When selecting maple syrup, make sure the label says "real maple syrup." Others are loaded with sugar and fat.