Handy afternoon snacks...
If you long for cake mid-afternoon, a toasted wholemeal breakfast muffin or a crumpet with a scrape of honey is a cosy, sweet treat and less than 150 calories, without butter. A slice of malt loaf is another hearty alternative.
Which snacks burn fat?
Eating snacks with the right ratio of nutrients and right calories will help to keep you body energised and help you to lose weight. Protein (plus exercise) fuels the growth of lean muscle mass, which boosts metabolic rate and increases calorie burn. Fibre, meanwhile, helps to improve your digestion and keeps you from binging on fats and sugars. So while there’s no food that will literally “burn fat” while you eat it, smart choices with these ingredients will help your body to operate at maximum efficiency.
Flatsnout suggests snacks under 200 calories, with 10g of protein and close to 5g of fibre. Here are a few of our favourite fat-burning snacks. An apple and skimmed milk “Almost any fruit is going to make a great snack, but you usually want to pair it with a bit of protein to make it more satisfying,” “Unlike carbohydrates, which get used up relatively quickly, protein will help sustain your energy and hunger levels for a couple of hours.
Our pick for a protein-fruit pairing is one large apple and one cup of skimmed milk.
Nutrition Calories: 200 Total fat: 10g Saturated fat: 0.5g Carbs: 21.1g Fibre: 5g Sugars: 10.6g Protein: 10g
Cottage cheese-filled avocado Here’s another fruit and diary combo. This is one for when you’re craving something rich, creamy and a bit savoury. Remove the pit from one half of an avocado and fill the space with 2 ounces of 1% cottage cheese.
Nutrition Calories: 200 Total fat: 0.5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbs: 11.1g Fibre: 7g Sugars: 0.6g Protein: 9g
Canned tuna on wholewheat crackers If you don’t want to incorporate dairy into every snack, a can of tuna (packaged in water) is another great source of lean protein plus healthy Omega 3. For about 200 calories, you can enjoy 3oz of light tuna and 6 wholewheat crackers.
Nutrition Calories: 200 Total fat: 1.5g Saturated fat: 1.0g Carbs: 21.1g Fibre: 3g Sugars: 10.6g Protein: 20g
Sunflower lentil spread with pita bread Lentils are a good source of iron, a metabolism boosting nutrient that 20% of us don’t get enough of. This savoury recipe makes four 180-calorie servings. Sunflower Lentil Spread Ingredients 1 (15-ounce) can of lentils, rinsed and drained 1 tbsp lemon juice ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 2 tbsp sunflower seeds celery stalk, finely diced 1 scallion, finely diced 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley pitas, halved Method Combine lentils, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a blender; process until smooth. Stir in sunflower seeds, celery, scallions and parsley. Microwave pita at HIGH for one minute. Serve with spread.
Nutrition Calories: 180 Total fat: 1g Saturated fat: 0.5g Carbs: 21.1g Fibre: 4g Sugars: 5.4g Protein: 19g
Shrimp Stack You may not think of shellfish as a grab-and-go snack food, but you can put this tasty treat together in a flash if you keep pre-cooked shrimp on hand. With Greek yoghurt and avocado, it’s a protein powerhouse. with 9g per serving (and 4g fibre) for only 129 calories. Ingredients tbsp (tbsp) of fat-free plain Greek yoghurt ½ tsp (tsp) of fresh lime juice ¼ tsp of jalapeño sauce ¼ avocado, chopped crisp rye flatbread cooked large shrimp Chopped fresh parsley and cracked black pepper (for garnish) Method Stir yogurt, lime juice, sauce and avocado. Spread on a cracker. Top with shrimp, parsley and pepper.
Nutrition Calories: 129 Total fat: 1.5g Saturated fat: 1.0g Carbs: 11.1g Fibre: 4g Sugars: 16.6g Protein: 9g