Think managing your weight is a tough task? Not so, says Zoe Bingley-Pullin, celebrity chef and nutritionist, especially if you’re armed with helpful tips and tricks to use on a day-to-day basis.
“We all know that the most effective way to manage weight is to eat less and move more,” says Zoe Bingley-Pullin, celebrity chef and nutritionist. “But there are smart food choices you can make that will help speed the process up without sacrificing your health.”
So, combine these snacks with three healthy meals a day and regular exercise, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a healthier you…
#1. Good fats – It seems counter-intuitive, but eating foods that are high in good fats will help you feel full, and, depending on what you use, provide a wealth of additional health benefits. Coconut oil is a fantastic staple as it makes you feel full without contributing to weight gain. You can add a teaspoon to a cup of tea or hot water, add it to plain yoghurt and use it as a spread, as well as in cooking or on salads.”
#2. Crunchy, crisp vegetables – Up to 85 per cent of Aussies aren’t getting the recommended five serves of vegetables in their diet. Cut up a carrot or prepare a bag with snow peas, capsicum and cucumber for a refreshing, low-fat snack on the go that will keep you chock-full of important nutrients.”
#3. Protein – High protein snacks are a good way to feel full between meals. Choose snacks that are free from artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners. IsoWhey Protein Pops have 18g of protein per serve, less than 1.9g of carbohydrates, and come in two delicious flavours – Choc Coconut and Cookie Dough. As they’re naturally sweetened with Stevia, you can also satisfy any sweet-treat cravings at the same time!”
#4. Fruit – A piece of whole fruit is the ideal snack on the go. Apples are low in calories and rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamin C and B-complex vitamins, as well as a small amount of minerals. Easy to throw in your handbag for an instant pick-me-up!”
#5. Water – Often when our brain tells us we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty instead. If you feel hungry, drink a large glass of water first and wait 10 minutes. You’ll keep your hydration levels up, and if you decide you still need a snack after this time, you’ll probably eat less.”