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Try These Healthy Affordable Snacks for Weight Loss

Try These Healthy Affordable Snacks for Weight Loss

Healthy Affordable Snacks for Weight Loss

Snack foods definitely don't have to be expensive for you to lose weight, and these healthy and affordable snacks can help you keep the weight off without having to spend much money. Junk foods are often priced lower than some whole foods to make them more affordable, but there are dozens of great inexpensive whole food options that make great alternatives to junk food. You don't have to buy any pre-packaged "€œsmart foods"€ or "€œdiet foods"€ - just stick with natural, organic foods which are by far the best for weight loss.

These snacks are easy to prepare and you won't have to worry about eating too much of them as you would with junk food. More importantly, whole foods are nutritious and rich with vitamins and minerals, and are much more satisfying to eat than processed foods. You can eat less of them and they are healthier and better for your body, so there's really no reason why you shouldn't start eating whole foods and incorporating them more into your diet.

It can be helpful to reset your appetites and metabolism by trying a round of the HCG diet, which is beneficial when you are trying to add new foods into your diet, but if you have an affinity to any of these healthy snacks be sure to include them in your diet more frequently.

Almonds are an affordable weight loss snack

You can usually find deals on bulk almonds and they are an affordable weight loss snack. They are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals and you don't have to eat very many of them to fill up before your next meal. A single one pound bag of almonds will last for several days for one person, and the equivalent amount of money that you would spend on junk food might last for just a day or two. Almonds are proven to be a great way to lose weight, keep your heart healthy, and spot reduce fat where you don't want it.

Olives are a great inexpensive weight loss snack

Olives are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and they are an excellent weight loss snack if you like them. Olives of course are one of the best sources of healthy fats, and they are packed with disease fighting nutrients. You shouldn't be discouraged by the fact that olives are high in fat. The fat in olives is most oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is beneficial for the heart and cardiovascular system. Consuming olives on a regular basis is associated with a healthy weight. Another important effect that olives have is to reduce inflammation in the body, and inflammation is associated with a low metabolism, metabolic syndrome, stress, and other health issues that are further associated with weight gain.

Oranges are a great portable snack

Oranges are a great portable snack that you can bring just about anywhere, and they are rich in fiber as well as several minerals and vitamins. Oranges can help you lose weight because they have a high water content and the fiber fills you up. The small carbohydrate content of oranges is fairly easily burned off without much extra effort, and since they are so low in calories you can eat pretty much as many of them as you want. They are naturally portable so you can keep them in your car for a snack in a pinch, and they are a great addition to any lunch. A dozen oranges will last at least a week for most people and they are an affordable alternative to junk foods. Try mixing them into smoothies if you don't like eating them raw or looking for nutritious orange recipes that you might want to experiment with.

Low fat string cheese is a convenient snack option

Low fat string cheese is a fast, cheap and convenient snack. It's very satisfying since it's high in protein. String cheese has about 85 calories per serving and about 7 grams of protein. It's hard to eat too much of it because just one or two pieces is enough to satisfying your appetite. It's also great to combine it with a piece of fruit or other whole foods. Look for low fat organic varieties, or if you eat the full fat varieties make sure that they are at the very least organic. Organic string cheese has a higher ratio of healthy fats and won't have harmful compounds or antibiotics. It's really a great snack to always have around if you like it, and combined with nuts or fruit it is a very healthy meal that is a lot better for you than processed food.

Greek yogurt is an affordable weight loss snack

Greek yogurt is a great option for an affordable weight loss snacks, as it is rich in protein and vitamins. Greek yogurt is relatively easy to prepare, and the high protein content makes it a great high quality meal that can stabilize your blood sugar. Try mixing Greek yogurt with any variety of fruit for an even healthier snack. It works great in smoothies as a whey protein replacement. Stay away from the brands that add their own fruit and sugar. Simply purchase organic Greek yogurt plain and come up with your own recipes that are sweetened with stevia or nothing at all. Each serving of Greek yogurt packs about 14 grams of protein, and it is one of the best sources of healthy protein so if you are trying to lose weight definitely consider eating more of this great weight loss food.

Pears are a great weight loss snack

Pears are rich in fiber and an excellent source of vitamin C.   They are similar to apples in their fiber content, and they are a good source of vitamin C. Be sure to eat the skin when you do eat pears, and if you don't like eating them raw look for some of the many recipes that are available. They are a great addition to Greek yogurt or smoothies, and you can even add a bit of stevia or a small amount of honey to sweeten them (don't use any honey at all if you are trying to lose weight). They are also portable like many of the other weight loss fruits. Pears offer 12% of your daily intake of Vitamin C, 6 grams of fiber, and a medium pear is about 102 calories so they are a bit higher in sugar than some of the other fruits.

Apples are one of the best portable weight loss snacks

We've said it a lot on this blog, but apples are by far one of the best portable weight loss snacks, and they cheap almost regardless of where you live. 1 medium apple has about 95 calories, and they are an excellent source of fiber at 4.4 grams per apple. Apples provide 14% of your daily vitamin C intake, and they are also an excellent source of potassium. Be sure to eat the skin of the apples as you would with a pear. The soluble fiber in apples will keep you full until your next meal and maintain a health cholesterol and triglyceride profile. It's hard to eat too many apples, and if you don't like eating them raw there are also dozens of recipes, including natural applesauce recipes with no added sugar or Stevia and more.

Eggs are a cheap weight loss snack

Eggs regularly come up on lists of the best weight loss foods and they are no longer  demonized by nutritionists like they were in the past. You don't have to worry about the cholesterol in eggs because there is no proven direct link between dietary cholesterol from high quality sources and blood cholesterol. Eggs are one of the best weight loss snacks as they are rich in protein, and you can eat them yolk and all. They are an inexpensive snack and very easy to make, and are the perfect breakfast or midday meal  when combined with other whole foods. Making 6 to 12 boiled eggs is incredibly easy, and they last for several days in the refrigerator. Be sure to only eat free range organic eggs which don't cost much more than regular eggs and have a higher amount of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.


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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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