You eat healthy meals and get a good amount of exercise in, so why isn't your weight loss going to plan? The culprit may well be those seemingly innocent little bites you're snacking on between meals.
Here's what you should be watching out for when choosing snacks and the foods that will help curb cravings between meals.
Check the label
If you are buying packaged snacks, read the labels. Many will say "no ADDED sugar" but there is likely still plenty of sugar per serve in the product.
The World Health Organization recommends sugar consumption be no more than approximately 6.5 tsp per day or around 26 grams. If your snack has 15 grams per serve then you are rapidly approaching that limit.
Make your own mixes
Homemade trail mixes or a combination of these foods in a snap lock bag can be a far healthier choice than pre-packed offerings.
1. Pumpkin Seeds
2. Coconut Shavings
3. Raw nuts
4. Goji berries
5. Cacao Nibs
6. Salami pieces (choose salami without sugar)
Healthy hunger busters
Hummus and baby carrots
Almond Butter and sliced apple
Mini meatballs from beef or chicken mince
Tank Vege Juice with a protein hit (on occasion)
Vege rolls: courgettes finely sliced and rolled with salmon and lemon juice inside
Avocado halved with a dash of rock salt and lemon juice
Chicken breast, thinly sliced, wrapped in bacon and baked
Lettuce wraps (chicken, beef, egg wrapped in lettuce with little hummus and tomato
Chicken drum sticks / wings
Mini egg muffins
Herbal tea with teaspoon of coconut oil
Coconut yoghurt mixed with chia seeds and berries
Cherry tomatoes and cheese
Bacon wrapped dates baked