What snacks burn fat?
Eating snacks with the proper ratio of nutrients and the right calories will help keep your body energized and even help you lose weight. Protein diet plus exercises boost metabolic rate and increase calorie burn. Fiber, from the snacks, helps improve digestion and keeps you from binging on fats and sugars.
Here are some favorite snacks which offer you plenty of health benefits.
- An apple and skim milk
The fruits are great snacks, but they are usually combined with a bit of protein to make them more satisfying. Unlike carbohydrates, which are absorbed relatively quickly, protein will help sustain your energy and hunger levels for a couple of hours.
Our recommendation for a protein-fruit combination is one large apple and one cup of skim milk. It will provide you 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber for just over 200 calories.
- Cottage cheese-filled avocado
Go to another fruit and diary combination, which offers something rich, creamy, and a bit savory. One-half of an avocado, filled with 2 ounces of 1% cottage cheese will provide you with 200 calories, 9 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber—and no dirty dishes!
Watch the video: How to Prepare an Avocado
- Canned tuna on whole-wheat crackers
To avoid dairy into every snack, a can of tuna (packaged in water) can be another great source of lean protein plus healthy Omega-3s. Light tuna of 3 ounces and 6 whole-wheat crackers will provide you with about 200 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein.
- Sunflower lentil spread with pita bread
As lentils are a good source of iron and boost metabolism with nutrient (20%) this savory recipe makes four 180-calorie servings, with 10 grams each of fiber and protein.
Try this recipe: Sunflower Lentil Spread
- Shrimp stack
A shellfish can be also, a grab-and-go snack food, so you can include it in your list of snacks. Combine shrimps with Greek yogurt and avocado, which is a protein powerhouse with 9 grams per serving (and 4 g fiber), and only 129 calories.
Try this recipe: Shrimp Stack
- Power berry smoothie
This smoothie, combined with soy protein powder and low-fat plain yogurt, contains 9 grams of protein; 4 grams of fiber and honey provides sweetness. You will get only 139 calories!
Try this recipe: Power Berry Smoothie
- Warm pear with cinnamon ricotta
Pears are a good source of fiber and ricotta cheese is rich in protein and combined with a teaspoon of cinnamon, they make a delicious snack for any time of day. One serving contains 170 calories, 8 g protein and 5 g fiber.
Try this recipe: Warm Pear with Cinnamon Ricotta
- Miso-glazed tofu
This recipe can be the main course, and you’ll earn only 164 calories. However, it packs plenty of protein (12 g) thanks to the tofu, as well as 3 grams of fiber.
Try this recipe: Miso-Glazed Tofu
One cup of edamame (or boiled soybeans), contains 8 grams of fiber, 17 grams of protein and 189 calories. It should be served hot or cold and seasoned with salt.
- Chicken pita sandwich (half)
The most balanced and healthiest snacks are the ones that start as full meals— like a plate of leftovers put together from dinner the night before or half a sandwich.
Grab this chicken and veggie pita in the morning, splitting it in half for two snacks throughout the day. One snack contains 200 calories, more than 20 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.
Try this recipe: Chicken Pita Sandwich
- Cauliflower with white bean dip
Make a set of white bean, roasted garlic and 2 cups of raw, chopped cauliflower. It provides you with a total of 199 calories, 11 grams protein and 8 grams fiber.
Try this recipe: White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip
- Toast with walnut & pear breakfast spread
It will help prep your body for fat burn and, also boost your energy levels. Walnuts are rich in serotonin, a hormone which is perfect for the brain. This recipe (a half) make a healthy mid-day snack consists 200 calories, 3.5 grams fiber and 11 grams protein.
Try this recipe: Toast with Walnut & Pear Breakfast Spread
- Lentil salad with tomatoes and watercress
Salads aren’t just for mealtime but they can make a great afternoon snack as well. It provides you with about 200 calories, 11 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. The recipe makes six servings, so hold off on adding the dressing if you’re not eating the whole thing at once.
Try this recipe: Lentil Salad with Tomatoes and Watercress
- Luna protein bar
When the only options is an energy bar as a snack, look for bars with 200 calories or less. It provides you with 10 grams of protein and closes to 5 grams of fiber.
- Veggie tostata
This is a Mexican recipe, with black beans and veggies. It is cooked up quickly and easily for a fast and healthy mini-meal between lunch and dinner. Provides – 200 calories, 13 grams of protein and 10.5 grams of fiber. You can top with tomato salsa for added flavor.
Try this recipe: Simple Veggie Tostadas