Next time you’re looking for an afternoon snack, stick to the idea that less is more. Small things like almonds, part of an avocado or just a glass of water can stave off hunger and tide you over until your next full meal.
Eating just a handful of almonds a day (about 10) may lower LDL, which is known as “bad” cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack and diabetes. Almonds are also a great source of antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium. Eat them plain or lightly flavor with spices and herbs for a healthy snack.
Your morning pick me up can help boost metabolism and suppress appetite, if not overdone to a jittery stage. Caffeine and other antioxidants within coffee help keep your appetite switch at bay.
Rich green avocados are packed with fiber and heart-healthy monosaturated fat. These fats in a serving of avocado (about ½ of one) will tide you over until dinner time.
There might be some truth to the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are comprised of soluble fiber and pectin, which act to help you feel full. Apples also regulate glucose and boost your natural energy levels.
What could be easier than drinking water? According to one study, people who drank two glasses of water before a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories at the meal than those who didn’t drink water. Drink up!
Source: Shape Magazine