The Slim4Life Diet promotes the consumption of foods that are low in calories, simple carbohydrates, fats, and sodium, and promotes the consumption of foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In order to achieve optimal success on the Slim4Life Diet, it is important that you include a variety of snacks in your day. Below are two great ideas to get you started on your path to weight loss.
Cooked Peas with Yogurt
In general, cooked vegetables are “free” foods on the Slim4Life Diet, and therefore make great snack options. Peas contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals, making them essential for good health and optimal growth. In addition, peas, or specifically the skin of peas, contains high amounts of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is important for weight loss for several reasons–first, fiber is slow digesting, and therefore takes a long time to leave the stomach and enter the digestive tract. This helps to keep you feeling fuller for a longer period of time, and prevents overeating at future meals. Secondly, fiber is porous, and therefore as it enters and makes its way through the digestive tract traps any toxins that may currently be in your body, and aids in their elimination.
Recently, research has found that frozen fruits and vegetables contain the same amounts of vitamins, minerals, and fiber as their fresh alternatives–therefore, if you live in a region that does not have access to fresh peas year round, you can still eat them and be assured of their healthiness. When choosing frozen peas, look for varieties that are free from added salt, flavorings, and other preservatives in order to achieve optimal results.
If you need a little extra “kick” with your peas, you may want to consider added a small amount of yogurt. Yogurt makes a great alternative to the traditional roux that peas are often served with. Yogurt contains calcium, which helps to keep teeth and bones strong, and protein, which helps to maintain and promote muscle mass. Look for yogurts that are made from low or nonfat milk in order to achieve optimal results.
Mixed Berries with Granola
Like peas, berries of all kinds contain high amounts of dietary fiber, making them an essential addition to the Slim4Life Diet. As discussed above, frozen berries contain the same amounts of dietary vitamins, minerals, and fiber as the fresh alternatives, and can be quickly defrosted and served.
Mix in a small amount of granola to give your berries some crunch. While granola can be found at most grocery stores, you can also easily make your own granola by combining oats, honey, almonds, and other similar products and baking them on a flat sheet at a low temperature until slightly browned. This technique is relatively quick and easy–and by making your own granola, you control what goes into your food. Make sure to store unused granola in an airtight container to prevent contamination from moisture and extend the life of the product.