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Five Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love

Anyone that has worked with me or has been to one of my talks will know that I typically recommend skipping the snacks. There are a few good reasons for this:

  1. Eating too frequently can prevent blood sugar and insulin levels from staying in the healthy range, leading to increased fat storage.
  2. Eating too frequently switches off a super important process in the small intestine called the ‘migrating motor complex’. This clears bacteria preventing overgrowth.

However, sometimes a snack is necessary if for example, you’re having a particularly active day.

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Hummus Dip

Enjoy this hummus with carrot or celery stick or any other raw vegetables that you like to dip.

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Cheesy Cauli-Bites

These Cauli-Bites are a really yummy and satisfying snack that won’t upset your blood sugars. They’re low carb and good source of protein and fibre.

I’m calling them Cauli-bites but they actually have cauliflower and broccoli in. You could make them with just broccoli or just cauliflower if you prefer, or you can add onion or anything else you fancy as they’re really versatile. They are super simple to make too, which is always a bonus!

Prep: 5 mins   Cook time: 18 mins

Ingredients:

  • Half head of cauliflower
  • Half head of broccoli
  • 100g extra mature cheddar
  • 30g ground almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to season

 

Method:

  • Preheat over to 190C
  • Place the raw broccoli and cauliflower in a food processor until finely chopped
  • Place the broccoli and cauliflower in a clean tea towel and squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible
  • Stir the egg and cheese together with the cauliflower and broccoli, but reserve a small handful of the cheese
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper
  • Add mixture to a silicone (or well greased tin) muffin/ cupcake tray and press the mixture in firmly
  • Add the remaining cheese to the tops
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them as cooking times will vary depending on your oven and also the size of your muffin/ cupcakes tin.

These will keep in the fridge for approx 1 week and are freezer friendly. They can be reheat once or eaten cold.

Homemade Kefir Recipe

Kefir is a delicious probiotic drink, useful for improving gut microflora, if taken regularly (e.g. each morning). It is made with kefir ‘grains’, comprising a mother culture that digests sugar in a fermentation process. The easiest way to make it is to use a kefir starter kit. These are readily available online.

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Broccoli Bites

I am loving these tasty little broccoli bites at the moment! They are so quick and simple to make! These are great for snacking on. Try having them before or after a workout to keep you going or if you’re going to go more than 5-6 hours between meals.

Ingredients

  • 2–3 cups cooked broccoli, chopped
  • 1½ cups grated cheddar (or any other hard cheese)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • sea salt, to taste

Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl then roll bite-sized pieces of the mixture into balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking tray and bake for 25 minutes or until browned. Enjoy!

Source: http://www.sarahwilson.com/2013/12/five-surprising-broccoli-recipes/

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