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If you are trying to lose weight, you already know how much of an uphill battle it can be. It is very difficult to cut down on good food. In fact, you may find the very idea of cutting down on tasty snack products so hard that you may not be able to take yourself to pull the trigger on your diet plans. The good news is that there are plenty of tasty alternatives to fat-soaked and calorie-packed snacks. You just need to have a plan for these snack options. Always think in terms of substitution. Most snack products have fantastic alternatives that taste good but will not blow you away as a blimp. Here are some good alternative snacks that cater to a wide range of flavors.
Yolk-free hard boiled eggs with hot sauce
Are you looking for a protein-rich bite-sized snack that packs a lot of flavor? By removing the egg yolk from hard-boiled eggs and giving them a dab of Thai (sriracha) hot sauce, you can treat yourself to a tasty and satisfying snack that has quite a bit of protein and quite delicious to start. The extra touch of Thai hot sauce adds a little zipper to this fantastic snack. Another bonus that this health snack option brings to the table is that it is fairly easy to prepare. This snack does not have as many calories as a whole hard boiled egg because the egg yolk is taken out. In addition, the sriracha hot sauce has a very low amount of calories. This snack is so tasty and low in calories that you can treat yourself to a double serving without feeling guilty.
Lean turkey salad strips with mustard sauce
Unlike oil-based salad dressings, mustard sauce is very economical in calories. How economical? We talk about a small fraction of typical oil-based salad dressing. Despite the small calorie footprint, mustard salad packs and sauces still a lot. Due to the special taste of mustard, you do not need much salt to get its taste. This is the reason for mustard sauce for a fantastic low calorie yet tasty flavoring. Add this seasoning to lean turkey salad strips to awaken the turkey flavor. This snack is not only low in calories, it also contains healthy protein and can be quite filling.
One of the worst snacks you can ever eat is popcorn served by movie houses. Seriously. Movie style popcorn offers the worst of all snack options. Not only are they loaded with salt and potentially artery-stopping liquid butter, the popcorn itself is popped with hot coconut oil. Coconut oil is the worst form of cooking oil because of its high saturated fat content. Still, lubricated oil-popped cinema popcorn certainly tastes good. Watching a movie will simply not be the same without this fantastic snack. Thankfully, there is a healthier alternative to this movie: air popped popcorn. Air-popped popcorn gives you an easier alternative to regular popcorn with the same fluffy good taste. Start your pop-up popcorn with "butter" sauces made from healthy low-fat fats.
Peanut butter on whole grain bread
The peanut butter jelly is one of the most popular children's snacks - possibly of all time. What is there not to love? There's just something to bite on some fluffy white bread sliced with the thick, protein-rich, richness of peanut butter. Not only does peanut butter pack more protein than some dairy-based snacks, it is also a good source of vitamin E and other nutrients. The problem with eating a typical peanut butter sandwich on white bread is that you may be eating a sugary snack. Many of the major brands of peanut butter sold in the United States contain a lot of sugar. This sugar is usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup. It doesn't help your health so much that you enjoy your peanut butter on fluffy white bread. The problem? This type of bread had most of its dietary fiber and nutrients removed. For a healthier alternative, try unsweetened or plain ground peanut butter with little or no salt content spread on top of a whole meal of whole grain bread.
Soy milk with ground flaxseed
A cold high glass of milk is a snack in itself. Not only does it taste good, it can also be very filling. That's why enjoying a glass of milk with a cake is such a classic snack for American kids. The problem with this snack combination is that the milk packs a lot of cholesterol and is a low calorie beverage. Although cow's milk contains lots of protein and calcium, these are not as readily absorbed by the human body as we have been forced to believe. Animal-based protein tends to lead to acid formation that gets in the way of our bodies' processing of the amino acids these proteins contain. Our bodies use amino acids from the meat we contain to build new protein muscle tissues. If you are looking for a snack that is so filling and satisfying but without the health problems, you may want to substitute the afternoon or middle milk and the cake between a tall glass of soy milk loaded with ground flaxseed and perhaps a low-sugar oatmeal cake. Why? Not only does this snack option have a lot of protein with fewer calories, you also feel easier on your feet after drinking cholesterol-free soy milk. You do not get that heavy feeling when you take in the liquid cholesterol contained in cow's milk. Adding flaxseed to your soy milk reduces your cravings as the dietary fiber in the ground flaxseed expands into your digestive system. As a result, your system sends less hunger signals to your brain. The brain stimulating and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed are also a great bonus.
One of the biggest challenges with dieting is how to manage your snacks. It is very difficult to avoid snacks. The most practical way is to talk smart instead of trying to avoid snacks completely. Think about the alternative snacks above so you can lose weight with compromising the taste.