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If you are looking for a snack alternative that is as filling and satisfying but without the health issues you might want to replace your afternoon or pre-lunch milk and cookie snack with a tall glass of soy milk loaded with ground flaxseed and maybe an oatmeal low-sugar cookie. Why? Not only does this snack alternative have lots of protein with fewer calories you also feel lighter on your feet after drinking cholesterol-free soy milk. You don t get that heavy feeling when you ingest the liquid cholesterol included in cow s milk. Adding flaxseed to your soy milk reduces your cravings because the dietary fiber in ground flaxseed expands in your digestive system. As a result your system sends less hunger signals to your brain. The brain-boosting and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed is also a great bonus. If you re a snacker (aren t we all?) and you ve resolved to lose weight there s some new research on diet snacks that you might want to know about. A recent study finds that having a snack at midmorning was linked to less weight loss than eating snacks at different times throughout the day.
The problem? This type of bread had most of its dietary fiber and nutrients stripped out. For a healthier alternative try unsweetened or plain ground peanut butter with little or no salt content spread on top of a whole meal whole wheat bread. Soy milk with ground flaxseed A cold tall glass of milk is a snack in of itself. Not only does it taste great it can also be very filling. This is why enjoying a glass of milk with a cookie is such a classic snack for American kids. The problem with this snack combination is that milk packs lots of cholesterol and is a high calorie drink. Even if cow s milk contains lots of protein and calcium these aren t as easily absorbed by the human body like we ve been led to believe. Animal-based protein tends to lead to acid formation which gets in the way of our bodies processing of the amino acids these proteins contain. Our bodies use amino acids from the meat we contain to build new protein muscle tissues.
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Snacking more often throughout the day has dieters eating more calories than they realize. This is not to say that if you re wanting to lose weight you shouldn t snack. You should. Carefully planned healthy snacks are a smart strategy when it comes to trying to drop those pounds and keep your appetite in check. Snacks do help manage those awful pangs of hunger and keep you from giving in to temptation. Just choose your snacks and the time of day you enjoy them with care. Go for foods that are low in calories (between 100 and 200 is perfect) and loaded with nutrients. This is what makes fruits and veggies such obvious (and popular) choices for anyone attempting to lose weight. Grapes and carrots (or even frozen peas and corn) are particularly good options low in calories but loaded with vitamins minerals and fiber.