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Too often we are caught up in the midst of things that we forget when to eat and when we last ate. Whether we drank enough water and remembered to take our multi-vitamin. We care about our health and want to make the efforts to eat better and exercise more but why is it so damn hard? Why can't we seem to find enough energy to cook supper when we're home from work? And why does hunger always prevail over making the right choices?
Unfortunately some things will never change but adding these foods can vastly change your overall well being and help you stay thin:
Hummus is a great way to add protein into your diet and it will also boost your energy because it contains iron. Hummus is also a cheaper and healthier variation of dressings or 'vegetable dip' and it can be frozen and kept on hand for a longer period of time. Add cumin or cayenne pepper to change up the taste.
Many of you who are indifferent about shrimp can stick to your regular meat sources like chicken and lean beef. For those of you who love shrimp- be sure to add more of this lean meat in your diet (without going crazy on the garlic butter, of course). Each shrimp is 8 calories or less, which means all the more reason to make stir-fry tonight.
3. Egg whites
Although there is nothing wrong with eating the yolk, egg whites alone are 17 calories and a total of 6 g of protein per large egg. Plus, ditching the yolk gives us the chance to source our healthy fats from other places like avocados. Don't be afraid to use saturated fats like coconut oil to cook your eggs in.
Salsa, when not paired with tortilla chips, are very low-in-calories. About 1/4 of a cup is 60 calories. Use salsa to flavour chicken dishes instead of using store bought marinating sauces. It's about half the calories and three times less in sugar. Salsa can also be kept frozen.
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Cucumber is a great 'fill me up in the meantime' snack. When you're in a rush to get into your next meeting, have sliced cucumbers on hand with a touch of sea salt. Salt is necessary to prevent adrenal fatigue and cucumbers are a fantastic way to get nutrients that are very common nutrient deficiencies in the standard Canadian diet. Cucumbers also contain unique polyphenols which prevent many chronic diseases. You can also add sliced cucumber with mint to your water.
1 cup of popcorn (without added butter) is about 40 calories. Popcorn is also a source of antioxidants and packed with fibre. It is a great substitute for chips without feeling guilty!
Almonds are considered a higher quality nut in side by side comparison with other nuts. Almonds (or almond butter) are high in magnesium, vitamin B2, zinc, and protein. Not only that but almonds are loaded with Vitamin E, which fight free-radicals. Have a teaspoon of almond butter (or a handful of nuts) before bed.
Capsaician, the compound found in most hot sauces, is what gives the sauces their spicy flavour. Not only does it add flavour but it is known to increase your metabolism and suppress appetite. Add that sh*t to everything.
As mentioned before, grapefruit is proven to reduce insulin levels. Not only that, but it is shy of 120 calories per fruit. It is perfect for those who prefer a light breakfast.