Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Weight A Minute! Don't Forget to Snack!

Alright ladies we’ve done really well staying on track (or getting back on track) and making sure we start our day off with a healthy satisfying breakfast. Our inspiration and health expert, Dalana, wants to make sure you making it through the rest of the day especially between our meals and it’s my personal favorite SNACKS! Well making sure we have enough dietary fiber and SNACKS!

Why is Fiber so important in our health quest? "Fiber is the secret to losing weight without hunger," says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., author of The F-Factor Diet. One U.S. Department of Agriculture study found that women who increased their daily fiber intake from 12 grams to 24 absorbed 90 fewer calories per day than those who ate the same amount of food but less fiber. Do nothing to your diet other than add more of the rough stuff and you will lose nine pounds in a year, effortlessly. Here's how this wonder substance works--and why you'd have to be nuts to let a day pass with less than your recommended 25 grams. So learning how to snack on the right foods can help you lose weight!
Great snacks to have throughout the day rich in fiber.

1 medium avocado, 13.5 grams
1 cup of edamame, 8 grams
1 cup of raspberries, 8 grams
1 mini bag popcorn, 4 grams
1/2 grapefruit, 2 grams

Grab and go
1 Gnu Foods Banana-Walnut Flavor & Fiber bar, 12 grams
1 Thomas's Light Multi Grain English muffin, 8 grams
5 Reese's sugar-free mini peanut butter cups, 6 grams
1 Hostess Coffee Cakes 100-Calorie pack, 5 grams
1 Lean Pocket (Whole Grain Ham & Cheese), 4 grams

This weeks “Weight A Minute” source is Women’s Health Magazine.


Dalana said...

What is it, exactly, that we're asking you to shovel into your body? Fiber is the indigestible part of a plant. It's in fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and beans. Now that the fiber trend is catching on, you'll also find it added to yogurt, soy milk, pasta, and more.

Some easy ways to sneak in natural fiber:
• Add a small salad to your dinner.
• Swap out your white rice for brown.
• Toss kidney beans or chickpeas into your soup.
• Switch to cereal with at least five grams of fiber per serving, or go 50-50 with your usual cereal and a higher-octane variety.
• Eat high-fiber fruit like raspberries with light whipped cream for dessert.

Anonymous said...

Good info! I always wondered by Fiber was so important. And who knew snacking could be so good for you!