So you’ve started the O2 Diet, and have your meals planned out, but what about snacks? While snacks are essential in promoting overall weight loss, they are often overlooked when developing a diet. Below are four great snack ideas to eat on the O2 diet which will help keep you fuller, longer, and to promote an overall healthier lifestyle.
1. Granny Smith Apple with Cinnamon
One study by the USDA found that cinnamon contained one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all spices. Specifically, cinnamon contains anthocyanins which are effective in promoting healthy capillary function. Granny Smith apples contain polyphenols, which have been proven to fight free radicals in the body, which contribute to the development of cancer, stroke and even heart disease. Make sure to eat the skin of the apples in order to get the most antioxidants. The fiber contained within apples is effective both in the promotion of a feeling of fullness, as well as in the prevention of colon cancer.
2. Steamed Artichokes with Green Tea
Artichokes have been found to be one of the highest antioxidant containing vegetables, beating out even spinach. Some of the numerous antioxidants found within artichokes include quercetin, which works as an anti-carcinogen, and caffic acid, which has been found to be effective in the treatment of high LDL-cholesterol levels. Green tea has been touted for years as being rich in antioxidants, and is effective in promoting lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as serving as an anti-carcinogen. As with apples, artichokes contain high amounts of fiber, which help to keep the dieter feeling fuller, longer.
3. Celery with Almond Butter
Celery contains the chemical 3-n butyl phthalide, which has been found to aid in the dilation of blood vessels, thereby preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. Almond butter (or almonds in general) are also a powerful source of antioxidants. Among the numerous benefits of almonds include their ability to lower LDL-cholesterol levels, and make the LDL-cholesterol molecules less sticky, prohibiting them from sticking to the walls of arteries. Almonds are also a great source of monounsaturated fat, which is a “healthy” fat, and is actually beneficial to heart health. Be sure to choose almonds with the skin on in order to get the most bang for you buck.
4. 6 Oz. Yogurt with 1/2 Cup of Fresh Blueberries
The USDA has found that blueberries contain the highest concentration of antioxidants of all of the berries. Researchers found that rats that ate blueberries had fewer instances of age-related brain deterioration such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. For years, we have known that yogurt contains alpha lipoic acid, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and may be essential for individuals who suffer from diabetes. Yogurt contains high levels of calcium without the addition of fat and calories found in most dairy products. Chose lowfat or nonfat plain yogurt in its most natural form possible in order to achieve optimal results.