11 Quick Spring Snacks That Protect Your Waistline
Posted on April 19 2016
We all enjoy spring because we get to relax, enjoy lighter clothing, and show a bit of skin. Beyond maintaining sexy and glowing skin the key to spring is protecting your waistline alongside your style. Although we love our summer dresses we all find ourselves drawn to trendy rompers and bandage dresses just the same. No matter what - the warmer weather keeps us on our toes and insists that we make healthier food choices to protect our feminine profile.
As the weather begins to heat up it is the ideal time to focus on meeting your fitness goals and paying more close attention to your waistline. Needing to pull off your tiny shorts, cute tank tops, bandage dresses and sexy bathing suits is excellent source of inspiration.
Whether you want to lose your winter pounds or you are in great shape and simply want to keep it that way, adequate exercise and healthier food choices are the key to your success. To help you along, here are a few healthy and quick spring snack ideas that make for a tasty and satisfying way to protect your waistline and keep yourself trim because skipping meals is so 1990s.
Munch on grapefruit to boost your metabolism.
In spring, there are some yummy fruits and vegetables that become way easier to find in the supermarket, because they are in season. Reach for a grapefruit instead of a packet of chips or a candy bar during a snack attack this spring. Grapefruits are chock full of vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium. The fruit also helps to reduce the levels of insulin in your body, thereby boosting your metabolism and speeding up the process of weight loss. If you want to do more than just reach for a quarter or two, make a quick snack out of grapefruit, cranberries, and mixed greens, or just toss the fruit in a salad with greens and cooked lean meats such as chicken.
Eat apricots for clear eyes and skin.
Although you will find plenty of apricot bites or bliss balls at the supermarket during spring, the truth is that these store-bought versions are full of preservatives, sulphur, and refined sugar – none of which are going to help you meet your fitness goals. Fresh and sulphur-free apricots contain a whopping 60 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin A, which is idea for your eyes and skin.
Apicot also provides your body with much-needed fiber and give you an excellent and natural energy boost. Easily make a batch of apricot bites at home, and store them in the refrigerator (they last for up to 3 weeks).
To make your very own apricot bites begin by soaking the sulphur-free apricots in hot water for 30 minutes and then blitz one cup of the apricots with ¾ cups of oats, and ¼ cup of shredded or desiccated coconut and one tablespoon of coconut oil, in the food processor. Shape the mixture into balls using wet hands and coconut shavings. Put them in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm and you have a healthy and quick spring snack at hand.
Pop cherries for natural detoxifiers.
Cherries are another one of those bounteous gifts of spring season that are ready to eat as soon as you wash them. The perfect low-calorie snack for weight loss, cherries also contain generous amounts of highly effective antioxidants and other nutrients that work as detoxifiers. Free radicals serve to slow down a weight loss process, and cherries contain the antioxidants that are needed to neutralize these free radicals. Cherries are not only delicious but also very nutritious and useful to your body. They are ideal for taking on the go and store well without needing to be refrigerated.
Trust rhubarb to control your cravings.
More often than not, rhubarb is the first vegetable of the spring season. Not only does this low-glycemic food item contain plenty of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, it is also low in calories. The fiber content in rhubarb boosts metabolism and helps in weight loss which is ideal for protecting your waistline without having to cut back or reduce your portions.
The best part of rhubarb is that it regulates the sugar content in your blood, and thereby keeps away the sudden hunger pangs that would otherwise have you reaching for unhealthy snacks. Toss it with some mixed greens, strawberries, toasted almonds, and red-wine vinegar for a quick and yummy spring salad.
Consume blueberries to keep your metabolism going.
If belly fat is your problem area, blueberries may just be the snack you need to save the day. These dark berries contain plenty of vitamins as well as antioxidants like lutein. Blueberries are also known to help reduce waist size and keep the metabolic syndrome that facilitates those few extra pounds in check. Simply pop these delicious berries in your mouth through the day, or mix them with your bowl of yogurt for a quick, easy, and healthy snack.
Chew on cucumbers to keep you hydrated.
Available by late spring, cucumbers are an ideal snack food. High in water content and low in calories, this one is a perfect spring snack that contains silicon which serves the purpose of an all-natural diuretic - swelling be gone. Cucumber slices taste great with garlic hummus or sun-dried tomatoes.
If you want to try a fancy yet easy snack option (also great to serve at spring parties), mash a ripe avocado with cilantro, and roll a thin and long slice of cucumber around it. Top this green roll with some capers, and you have got a snack that is tasty and healthy, and screams spring. Tip: In case you have been plagued with dark circles and tired eyes before spring, use a couple of fresh cucumber slices to relax, moisturize your eyes, and get you spring-ready.
Count on carrots to keep your vision strong.
Root vegetables like carrots are excellent spring snacks that can be consumed raw in the form of carrot sticks (easy-peasy), or dipped in some hummus, yogurt, or a dash of guacamole. One cup of carrots contains a mere 52 calories and absolutely no fat. In addition, carrots are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamins K and A. Spring carrots tend to delightfully juicy and sweet sans the calories, sounds like the perfect snack.
Eat beets to beat calories.
Beets are well-known for being one of the superfoods that is a gift of the Mediterranean diet. This root vegetable contains more than 30 percent of the daily recommended dose of folate which is a B vitamin that is difficult to get from regular food items. Folate ensures that you get that dose of energy to get you through your workout and keeps you firmly fixed on your weight loss track. Toss a salad with roasted beets, arugula, and fennel for a spring-special salad snack.
Choose avocados and chia to grow sexy hair.
High in quality protein and fiber, chia seeds help you lose weight, and improve the texture of your skin and hair. The incredibly nutritious avocado is chockful of potassium, good fats, vitamin E, and folate, and boosts weight loss, moisturizes hair and improves its growth. It also helps you get that glowing skin you would want to show off this spring.
Clean and chop some avocado, mango, strawberries, grapefruit, and oranges. Make a dressing with 0 percent Greek yogurt, chia seeds, a dash each of lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix the two together and refrigerate before you enjoy a spring-fresh salad for a quick and healthy snack.
Chomp zucchini crisps to cut calories.
When that craving for chips just does not go away, reach for healthier zucchini crisps. A part of the family of squashes, zucchini is high in nutrients like potassium, folate, fiber, and vitamins A & K, and low in calories. This power vegetable promotes a healthy metabolism and weight loss. Slice the zucchini, drizzle some olive oil, and bake it in the oven till it is crisp. Season it according to your taste, and you have a healthy alternative to packaged crisps within a few minutes.
Try quinoa salads to cut back on meat protein.
Used extensively in South American cuisine, quinoa is a grain that is high in protein, and gluten-free to boot. It makes for the perfect spring snack when you want to protect your waistline because quinoa contains elements that help your tummy feel full for longer. Known as the “supergrain of the future”, quinoa contains almost two times the amount of fiber as other grains, along with vitamin B12, manganese, magnesium, iron, lysine, and proteins.
It rejuvenates skin, boosts elasticity, and reduce brown spots, while also boosting hair growth and naturally strengthening hair owing to its 9 essential amino acids. Toast some quinoa, and toss it with edamame and lemony tarragon – add some greens for a complete mid-day snack that will have you smacking your lips. There are so many ways to make a quinoa snack – toss it with some smoked-tofu and vegetables or dried apricots and baby spinach, or walnut, asparagus, and feta.
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