The big problem when it comes to dieting and weight-loss is that we focus so much of our attention on the foods that we can’t have. The second you start a new diet and begin to closely scrutinize the types and quantities of foods you eat our brains trigger us into an emotion of regret. Our “fear of missing out” or FOMO kicks in, and we start to obsess about what we are being denied. We don’t think about how good we are going to feel about ourselves after we reach our weight-loss goal.
What happens next is the bane of all weight-loss efforts; we start to crave foods that we used to eat, especially if they were unhealthy for us. And all that work that we put in can be quickly negated, when we succumb to our cravings and indulge in a binge or a ‘cheat day’. And boy are we sorry when we climb on the scale again on Monday morning right?
There are some types of foods and snacks that are very flavorful, satisfying and which are actually healthy.
Almonds are healthy for you, but do you know why? They contain high levels of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, healthy unsaturated fatty acids, and bioactive molecules, which may help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. They are also a high source of dietary proteins. Choose raw almonds (rather than dried, salted or flavored versions), and make sure you have a resealable bag at home, at work or while you are on the go, for a quick snack
This refreshing fruit is full of natural antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E and lutein, which helps reduce the oxidizing cellular damage created by free radicals. To get the most benefit out of your watermelon, avoid juicing it, but you can grill it for a healthy dessert (top it with low-fat yogurt) or eat it raw. It’s one of the healthiest lower carbohydrate fruits you can snack on, and it helps keep your body hydrated too.
3. Whole Eggs
Are eggs good or bad for us? No one can really answer the question, as recent clinical studies have contributed to the restrictions on eggs being relaxed somewhat, by the American Food Guide. But conflicting research in recent years from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine to Harvard Health, and the latest study that links the cholesterol in eggs to increased risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) does nothing to clarify the question: “are eggs bad for us?”
Moderation is key. Should we eat 3-4 eggs every day? Health experts agree that it’s not a good idea. But you can have a few hardboiled eggs in the refrigerator, as a quick and delicious alternative to other unhealthy snack options.
In the past three years, cauliflower has become something of a low-carb rock star of the diet world. That’s because this vegetable can be cooked in so many delicious ways, that closely mimic starchy foods like rice or mashed potatoes. With a little bit of butter, cooked and mashed cauliflower tastes so good, you won’t miss potatoes at all! If you have a food processor, you can also create cauliflower rice, which is finely diced raw cauliflower, and it can be used in many ways, from imitation ‘fried rice’ recipes with chicken or to add density to your favorite broth soup (instead of noodles). You can also slice cauliflower into steaks, add some of your favorite seasonings and grill it up for a guilt-free snack!
These nutritionally balanced foods are the ultimate binge-worthy snacks because you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them. In moderation, they will not sabotage your efforts, and you can enjoy the satisfaction without regret.