De-caffeinated iced green tea smoothie
If losing fat is your primary goal, you can’t go wrong with green tea. It attacks fat on three fronts: it’s sugar-free, has a negligible number of calories and it gives a modest boost to your metabolism. However, its high caffeine content might cause problems for you if you’re sensitive to it.
Being a potent stimulant, consuming it right before you go to bed can disrupt your sleep. In order to avoid tossing and turning in your bed all night, you should instead opt for a caffeine-free tea, which contains all the antioxidants and their accompanying benefits that the full-caffeine version has. When you add milk to it you will also get protein which will help boost your metabolism, while berries provide beneficial antioxidants which will help recover and repair the tissues while you sleep.
Prepare your green tea early in the morning by adding a tea bag to a mug of warm or hot water, then put in the fridge to steep during the day, or simply add matcha (powdered green tea) in your smoothie before going to bed. You can mix the tea together with a non-fat milk, or unsweetened almond milk and half a cup of frozen blueberries.
Low-sugar nutty granola
Whenever you get cravings for some crunchy food, get rid of the crackers and fatty chips and snack on some granola instead. The dried fruit, oats and coconut that make up the granola all contain high-quality fiber which helps with fat loss, and seeds and nuts add both protein and fiber.
Granola also has B-complex vitamins, a class of vitamins that not only support the metabolism by helping you digest and absorb nutrients such as protein and carbs but also aid in supplying your tissues with ample amounts of oxygen, so that you feel energized throughout the day.
You can save money by preparing your own granola using high-quality ingredients. You can also modify the recipe by including cacao nibs to add some chocolate flavor to it, shredded coconut for some extra fiber and you can also use coconut oil instead of olive oil. When you buy granola from the store, check the label on the product to see if it’s not filled with all kinds of preservatives and sugar. Buy low-sugar varieties, sweetened with a small amount of honey, brown rice syrup or agave instead of high-fructose corn syrup.
Peanut butter and bananas
This combo is both sweet and salty and it helps you lose weight. What’s not to like? Topping banana slices with some peanut butter will give you snack that is rich in healthy, complex carbs, fat-burning dietary fiber and healthy fats for cardiovascular health.
Bananas are also a great source of potassium, a nutrient which naturally helps with muscle function and relaxation which in turn supports an active and healthy lifestyle. And even though peanut butter and many other nut butters are pretty high in calories, consuming them moderately won’t hinder your weight loss.
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You can prepare this snack whatever you’d like. You can put peanut butter over banana slices or you can cut a banana in half, lengthwise and fill it with peanut butter to make a delicious sandwich. You need to make sure that you use all-natural peanut butter instead of the high-sugar, processed variety. Look at the product label. It should have only peanuts and salt as ingredients and nothing else.