Happy New Year!
With the end of the holiday season, we have tons of moms come to us wanting to
put an abrupt end to all of the over-indulgence and kick their
“Get Lean” resolutions into high gear.
So what do we suggest?
First, we put them on our 10-day Weight Loss
Jumpstart and Detox plan from our newly released book – The Nutrition Twins
Then we give them strategies to last them all year long, so
they can deal with some of their biggest challenges:
1. Turning down
temptations, especially in between meals
2. Feeling overly hungry
The key to fighting off temptation is to keep some great
snacks on hand that will provide fiber to fill you up (so you won’t cave to any
food that crosses your path!) but still feel like a delicious splurge. Combining a fiber-packed food with a little
fat or protein will keep you ultra-satisfied.
Here are some of our favs:
packet mixed with 1 teaspoon peanut butter – Warm, creamy and
super-satisfying. (130 calories)
Baby carrots and guacamole – This feels rich, decadent and creamy but is packed with fiber and nutrients to keep you on track. (Wholly Guacamole has 100 calorie guacamole packs, for a snack total of 150 calories.)
Pistachios – They’re a good good source of protein and fiber, perfect for keeping hunger away between meals, and recent research from Harvard University suggests nut eaters are leaner than those who don’t eat nuts. California-grown Wonderful Pistachios (30-100 calories) are a great snack to team up with veggies and fruits to make produce more satiating.
POM POMs from POM Wonderful – They take
all the work out of getting the
nutrient-rich arils out of the pomegranate. We love the built in spoon (perfect
for carpools!) – and that they deliver nutrients such as polyphenols, vitamin C,
vitamin K, potassium and fiber. They’re a healthy snack bursting with a sweet,
tart taste and they’re delicious tossed
in Greek yogurt for more protein. (Available in 100 calorie portioned packs)
Halos are sweet, seedless and easy to eat and peel. Each little vitamin-C
packed fruit is about 50 calories,
and make great grab-and-go healthy snacks for the kids too. Pair it with
pistachios or string cheese for a longer-lasting satiety.
Snacks – The ideal salty snack-food alternative. Pair it with pistachios for protein
and a longer-lived boost. (30 calories per pack)
Tomato slice – with an ounce of fat free feta and splash of olive oil, this is a savory 75 calories.
Edamame – ½ cup
edamame in shells is a great way to get protein and fiber to keep
you ultra- satisfied. (60 calories)
Creamy Warm Cinnamon Banana Milk – This two-step recipe has 140 healthy calories and 9 grams of protein.
Guilt-Free Yummy Kale Chips – This is a recipe
from our new book, which includes a 10-day Weight Loss Jumpstart & Detox to
immediately get you back on the lean and healthy track. Pair the chips (36 calories per serving) with pistachios
or string cheese for more protein.
Skinny Speedy Walnut Cookies – Only three healthy ingredients in this cookie recipe. (55 calories)
Apple Pie- Reinvented – A five minute recipe that is packed with fiber. (140 calories)
Sweet BBQ Chickpea Bursts – Healthy sweet and savory! Get the recipe here. (134 calories, 7 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.)
When it comes to preventing hunger when trying to lose
weight, the secret to feeling satisfied without overdoing the calories is
filling up on veggies.
And while you can
just munch on them raw or steamed throughout the day and dip them in a Greek
yogurt dip, salsa or another low-calorie dip, another easy and super- satisfying way to
do this without feeling like you are dieting is to simply mix them right into
the meal you’re eating.
Here are some
Chinese food: Order steamed broccoli on the side. Bag up half your meal for another day and mix
your veggies right into the sauce. Your
portion will be bigger than it was originally, but much lower in calories. Not ordering in but still want your
Chinese food fix? Skinny veggie it at home with this easy Chicken Fried Rice
Pasta dinner: Immediately
set half of pasta aside for the next day and mix in a large portion of veggies
(spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, all your faves), right into the sauce. Just be
sure to have a protein like chicken or seafood in the pasta too, otherwise
you’ll be hungry soon after.
Wrap or sandwich: Wrap it in layers of lettuce or in Nori
instead of bread or a tortilla and stuff it with extra tomatoes, peppers and
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