High Protein Snacks for Weight Loss ??

I’ve had a lot of requests lately from Mums for “High Protein Snacks”.font pose

This is my post baby body, it’s not perfect but it is healthy and I have lost 28Kg!! I do not rely on high protein snacks. Let’s not make things confusing by making things high protein unless you actually need high protein!!

This makes my head spin. So much grey area.

Let’s look at why protein appears to be a magical solution to managing your weight:

Protein has a higher thermic effect of food, meaning when you eat it, more of it is used to digest and absorb it than if you ate fats or carbs. 28% of protein is used just by eating it as opposed to 3% for fats and between 5-8% for carbs.
These numbers sound great, don’t they? They are all true. But you are having a small snack, where these numbers will be so small they don’t really add up to much.

Protein does full you up for a long time – but so do complex cabs.

The ACT of eating actually burns about 70 calories each time you do it.

What if I told you to eat kumara chips cooked in olive oil as a snack, or fruit and nuts. Would you disagree and tell me that a high protein chocolate bar is better?

Sweet Potato Chips are perfect for Baby Led Weaning
Sweet Potato Chips

High protein sounds rather trendy to me. It’s clever marketing!! Don’t let it fool you.

Look at the back of the packet – is there more than 4g of sugar per 100grams on your high protein snack packet? If so, put it down and walk away. Unless you want to end up wearing your snack as fat stores later.

The grey area can easily be made black and white!!Advert 1 - side

I always come back to REAL FOOD. If food is in it’s natural form, then don’t worry about whether it be carbs, fats or protein – unless you are an athlete.

I know people who say no carbs after 5pm and yet they eat vegetables for dinner!! It’s madness!! (Vegetables are carbs).

Your body is so clever, it KNOWS what to do with food in its natural state.

I think protein shakes have their place, a protein shake for easy digestability prior to a work out is ok as it is easier than digesting a steak before doing a crossfit class. Protein powder is so expensive, you are literally paying for protein to be made easier for you. Do you need this?

I don’t understand the logic with those people who think that eating a high protein snack is your secret to weight loss.. and yet, you still buy chocolate.

I’ll tell you something for nothing, eat natural foods and watch the weight fall off. No calorie counting, no protein powders and no grey area.

Here is a list of snack ideas for busy people:

  • Smoothie (fruit, veges and almond milk/coconut water/ice)
  • Kale chips
  • Kumara chips
  • Roast Carrots with Thyme
  • Home made potato chips
  • Raw veges with home made hummus (chickpea, garlic and olive oil whizzed)
  • Nuts
  • Any fruit
  • A few peices of meat (this is actually high protein ;))
  • Chia seed pudding with stevia and coconut cream
  • Frozen bananas, whizzed to make natural ice cream
  • Buckwheat pancakes (just double the batch from the morning)
  • Home made vegan muffins (see: previous post https://dearlovehealth.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/ugly-muffins/ )
  • Herbal Tea / Coffee / Tea
  • Medjool dates wrapped in bacon
  • Scallops wrapped in bacon – for a fancy snack!
  • Bacon wrapped asparagus – do you see where I am going with this…
  • Home made LSA bars (https://dearlovehealth.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/dairy-glutenwheat-and-sugar-free-lsa-bars/ )
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Home made truffles (https://dearlovehealth.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/vegan-desserts-plus-recipe/ )
  • Any vegan dessert, really http://www.ohsheglows.com (she is brilliant and lists allergen info)
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Home made milk shakes – with coconut cream, a banana and raw cacao
  • Meatballs
  • Dried dates teamed with strawberries
  • Egg muffins (whisk eggs with veges and optional meat, bake in muffin tray)

And many more! You are only limited by your shopping trolley.

Remember, if you only buy good food then you only eat good food!!

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