Healthy Snacking – Your One Stop Guide to Snacking without Worrying about Increasing Weight

Snacking and weight loss never go together. However, it is almost impossible to stay away from snacks while you are sitting in front of the TV after a long day at work. It is easier to grab a packet of potato chips than making dinner. You may have decided you will eat just a few and then go make dinner, but as always, you always end up emptying the whole packet and voila, you have accumulated about 700 calories in your body within the matter of just a few minutes.

Snacks are addictive and tempting. It is not possible to avoid them no matter how hard you try. The best idea is to load your pantry with some heathy snacks and munch on them when you crave for snacks. Here are some healthy snack options that you can eat without worrying about gaining weight.

1. Popcorn
Air popped popcorn is one of the most delicious snacks which also happens to be weight loss friendly. You will only add 31 calories with a cup of popcorn which is very low compared to most other snacks that are loaded with calories.

2. Blueberries
Who doesn’t love berries. You are going to love them even more if we tell you that a bowl of blueberries has as low as 85 calories. You can eat them raw, blend them with some yogurt to make a smoothie, or add them to your cereal to make it tastier.

3. Sweet Potato
This is one of the healthiest and richest foods on earth. It is loaded with beta-carotene and a number of other nutrients ideal for your body. It is also very fulfilling and will keep your hunger aside for quite some time.

4. Apples
Apples and other similar fruits help in keeping you heathy and also in maintaining weight. They will make you feel full faster because they are loaded with pectin. It is a fiber that helps in slowing down the digestion process and will keep you less hungry the rest of the day. Apples also have about 85% water content so eating even a ton of them will not build up a lot of calories in your body.

5. Portobello Mushrooms
You can easily replace meat with Portobello mushrooms. They are ideal to be used in omelets, sandwiches and burgers and taste great. The best part about Portobello mushrooms is that a single mushroom adds about 18 calories and hence, it is an ideal food to use if you are watching your weight.

You can enjoy snacking without having to worry about weight gain if you are aware of your individual nutritional needs. Every one of us have different genes which make us metabolize different foods at different rate. Therefore, it is important to make a personalized diet plan that is designed for your precise nutritional and body needs.

With Pathway Genomics nutrigenomics tests, you can get a detailed nutritional profile and can make a diet plan personalized to your body and genetics. Learn more by emailing us at clientservices@pathway.com.