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Let’s talk about snacking…

Do you snack right? Or is your snacking adding unwanted pounds?

You’ve heard that snacking is good for your metabolism. It’s something that we read about and hear fitness experts encourage the public to do.

We all want to be fit, lean, and healthy so we snack away.

In fact, recent surveys report that 65% of adults eat two snacks each day. If these were wholesome snacks (along with other meals) then logic would dictate that 65% of adults should be lean and healthy.

If only all snacking was good for you!

The unfortunate truth is that most snacking will only add pounds and inches to your waistline. Snacking on all the wrong things can lead to a very frustrating weight gain cycle.

Here are 2 Skinny Snacking Rules from your favorite Little Rock fitness coach you need to implement to snack smart, to rev up your metabolism, and to get lean:

Skinny Snacking Rule #1: Avoid snacks that are high in carbohydrates and simple sugars.

Most simple, quick snack foods are filled with grains, refined sugars, and simple carbohydrates. These are packaged goods, crackers, chips, and granola bars. Quick and crunchy snacks like these will quickly add inches where you only want to lose them.

Your smart snack should be low in simple sugars and refined carbohydrates.  In other words, something all natural!

Skinny Snacking Rule #2: Eat snacks that are high in protein and healthy fiber.

This may sound difficult, but it’s really not. Once you get into the habit of eating protein and fiber for your snacks it will become second nature.

Here are some awesomely fit snack ideas: low fat cottage cheese and pineapple chunks, hard-boiled eggs and celery sticks with all natural peanut butter spread on top, or turkey, sliced apples, almond butter, and raisins (recipe below).

If you must have your baked goods, then seek out recipes that are made with almond flour or coconut flour, which is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates and simple sugars.

Cutting out bad snacking (those carbohydrate and sugar-filled snacks) will change your body quickly. This change, along with replacing sugar-filled beverages with water, is the number one way that you can immediately begin to lose inches and get lean.

Once you’ve gotten into the habit of smart snacking all that’s left is to begin a consistent, challenging exercise program that will get you burning calories, building muscle, and taking your metabolism to the next level.

I’m here to help you do just that!  All you have to do is ask.

In the meantime, begin implementing smart snacking and getting rid of the bad foods.  Also, get after your cardio six day per week for an average of 30 minutes a day and keep drinking plenty of water, even though the weather is cooling off.

Turkey, Almond Butter and Apple Wraps

Here’s a quick, tasty snack that’s big on protein and fiber and low on carbs and sugar. Take a few of these delicious turkey wraps to work with you, and enjoy as a power snack – rather than turning high calorie, fat storing foods. Enjoy! Servings: 2

turkey apple and almond butter wrapsHere’s what you need…

4 turkey slices

1 small apple

3 Tablespoons almond butter

1 Tablespoon raisins (optional)

Assemble the turkey slices with a smear of almond butter, a few apple slices and a sprinkle of raisins. Roll up and enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 138 calories, 8g fat, 9g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 8g protein.

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The Skinny on Smart Snacking to Burn Fat

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