If you're creating new fitness goals (and it's a perfect time of year to be doing just that), you know that what you eat is even more important than how hard you work out. In fact, like the New York Times says, if you're trying to lose weight than
your diet is more helpful than exercise.
Alright, you know what you have to do, but how do you snack when you just don't have time to cook that lean chicken breast and steamed veggies? You do it responsibly, making sure you're getting protein, you're feeling full, and your metabolism is working HARD!
Here are some snack ideas that will help keep you feeling lean and ready to tackle the day (and your workout):
I know, doesn't sound great right? But keep in mind that cottage cheese contains a ton of leucine, which helps build muscle AND keep your appetite in check. Try it with some fruit, some nuts, or on a waffle. Some skim milk, a few strawberries, and cottage cheese come out together to create a wonderful, filling shake.
Meal prep is so important to sticking to your food-related goals, and
hard-boiled eggs are easy to make. Eggs are loaded with good fats, super high in protein, and will help fill you up. Make an egg salad with whole wheat toast, throw it in with a salad or some smoked salmon!
Hummus (or even Avocado Hummus!)
Another clear choice—the fiber and protein in hummus will help keep you full and give you that protein boost with just a few quick dips.
When you combine that with the benefits of avocado, you're in for a unique, smooth treat.
If you've been sleeping on quinoa, it's time to wake up. You can pick it up pretty much anywhere these days, and you'll see why this is becoming one of the most popular health foods worldwide. High in protein, tons of vitamins, helps control your blood — it's even gluten free?!
Try making delectable patties out of it for grab and go snacking!
A great thing to remember to help keep yourself full is to eat foods that are high in volume, not high in calories. That's where foods like spinach, cabbage and lettuce come in. It all sounds bland, but with light sauces like balsamic vinegar, and even mixing in another protein source like beans, you can create crunchy, filling wraps that can fuel your day.
You've heard of them, odds are—you've eaten an apple. If it's been a minute since you've picked one up, they're one of the most filling fruits around, and they've been said to reduce body fat gain. You could throw them in a smoothie, certainly dip them in peanut or almond butter, and even slice them up and put them in a quesadilla (just don't go crazy with that cheese/oil).
The key with all these snacks is to figure out what works with your budget, schedule, and lifestyle. That way the next time you're feeling hungry, you'll know exactly what to reach for!