Seven Snacks That Burn Fat
When it comes to dieting, what you eat between meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – matters more than you think. Sure, sneaking that snack size pack of Oreos may seem harmless now, but over time bad snacking habits add up to too many calories and very few nutrients.
Experts however, suggest snacks under 200 calories with at least 10 grams of protein and up to 5 grams of fiber. So, in an effort to help you stay the course and opt for snacks that will both boost metabolism and help you shed unwanted pounds, keep reading!
Mixed cereal: One cup of cereal (bran flakes, Wheat Chex, and Health Valley Organic Oat Bran Flakes) delivers up to 5 grams of muscle building proteins and 3 grams of fiber, all for under 200 calories.
Hard-boiled egg: Two hard-boiled eggs will run you just over 150 calories and are packed with protein (12 grams) to fuel those muscle building fibers. Kick it up a notch by seasoning with black pepper to taste.
Almonds: Packed with protein and fiber, these nuts are loaded with properties that both grow lean muscle mass (which increases calorie burn), and improves digestion, ridding the body of toxins, sugars and stored fats.
Popcorn: A 3-cup serving of plain, air-popped popcorn contains approximately 93 total calories. Though on the lower end of protein, coming in just under 4 grams, its fiber content (about 4 grams) is comparable to snacks like the apple or protein bar but with far fewer calories.
Apple paired with skim milk: This pairing delivers 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, for about 210 calories.
Edamame: One cup of this Asian dish (boiled) will run you about 190 calories and is loaded with protein – 17 grams to be exact. Top it off with 8 grams of fiber and it becomes the perfect snack-on-the-go.
Oatmeal: A small bowl of plain oatmeal (170 calories) topped with blueberries (the darker the berry…) contains 7 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber.