One of the joys of eating low calorie foods to curb hunger, is the guilt free catabolic, or “negative” calorie foods.
What this means is that the body requires and spends more energy to process and digest the food, than the energy contained in the food! For example, the average apple contains 60-80 calories, however the body requires 90 calories to process the apple.
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This means that you can curb your hunger with very filling snacks AND not worry about gaining any extra weight at the same time.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not!
There are high grade and low grade catabolic foods, and for optimal energy delivery they should be consumed with healthy fats as well. Healthy fats do not cause us to gain fat, however they do provide the body with enough sustenance to keep us running like a well oiled machine.
Here are my favourite low calorie snacks to stop hunger, burn fat and keeping the body’s metabolism rocking:
Sliced green apple with almond butter
The green apple is the lowest on the Glycemic Index in terms of apples. This means that it converts into sugar very slowly in the body, keeping us fuller longer, with much better energy delivery than any other kind of apple!
Baked sweet potato fries tossed in coconut oil and seasoning
There was never a more guilt free fry in the world. Sweet potatoes (contrary to popular belief) are actually a catabolic/negative calorie food, and also one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! Sweet potatoes are full of Vitamin A at a whopping 283%.
Not only that, but they have far more potassium content than a banana, coming in at 337mg per average sized sweet potato (among many other health benefits).
Coconut oil is the healthiest healthy fat around.
It helps boost the immune system, raises good cholesterol that our bodies need, helps get rid of bloating, improves digestion and again, it’s got a very long list of other health benefits as well.
Super easy to make too! Cover baking sheet in parchment paper, toss sliced sweet potato in coconut oil, shake with sea salt and black pepper, and bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Voila!
Sliced carrots with hummus
Carrots are a catabolic/negative calorie food packed with fibre, vitamins A, C, B-6, calcium and magnesium, which we all could use a bit more of in our diets.
Hummus is jam packed full of Iron, vitamin b-6, magnesium, calcium and is another food high in potassium! It can be easily made at home, and is delicious when adding roasted garlic, or crushed red pepper.
Simply puree one 15oz can of chickpeas with 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and add in the flavouring ingredients of your choice. This snack can be made in under five minutes!
These are all very quick and easy snacks to make at any time of day, they travel well to anywhere, and will be sure to keep your hunger curbed and metabolism kicking!
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