Snacking. It can certainly make or break someones healthy eating plan. We have all been there when 3pm comes round, we are tired, slightly irritable and look for a quick pick-me-up that’s generally LOADED with sugar and bad fat. While we may feel good for a moment or so – we crash again – and nearly as quickly.
The thing is, healthy nutritious snacks have the power to fight hunger pangs, stabilise blood sugar levels and assist with weight loss by boosting metabolism.
This is how healthy Mummy Cat, has helped beat her hunger pangs and keep on healthy eating track.
10 snacks that helped mum beat hunger pangs and lose 32kgs
Cat says, “Snacking is a huge factor for me that will either make or break my healthy eating.
Far too many times I have found myself in a time pinch and STARVING! Having these few things prepped is certainly key to helping me stay on track to my goals.”
When it comes to choosing healthy snacks, Cat opts of things that have protein in them, to help keep her body fuelled and cravings under control in between meals.
Cat shares, “Adding protein to your after workout snacks will also assist in your muscle recovery and as a Group Fitness Instructor, this is extremely important for me.”
Cat is an active 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member – and therefore generally incorporates 2-3 of the recommended snacks as part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge meal plan into her week.
However the below are considered her go-to FAVE snacks that help her stay on track!
Cat’s fave snacks!
1. Apple (or pear) with peanut butter and chia seeds
Cat says, “Check the ingredients of your peanut butter (or other nut butter) and ensure it says 100 per cent peanuts.”
2.Tuna and rice crackers
Cat shares, “Avoid flavoured tuna in the tins, try tuna in spring water and adding your own lemon juice and pepper or seeded mustard for an extra kick of flavour!”
3.Veggie sticks and dip
“Homemade tzatziki or hummus are my favourites. Try making a BIG batch on meal prep Sunday so you are prepared for the week ahead”, Cat reveals.
For delicious low fat dip recipes – check out these 7 dip creations.
4. Hard boiled eggs
“Try mashing 1-2 hard boiled eggs in some greek yoghurt or mayo to make an egg dip for veggie sticks or crackers“, Cat shares.
5. Fruit and nut mix
Cat says store bought fruit and nut nixes often have added oils, salts and or preservatives. Be sure to always read your nut labels.
Cat admits, “I like to make my own mix of nuts, seeds and/or dried fruit for a quick, handbag-friendly snack on the go.
“My favourite add-ins are raw cashews & almonds, pepitas, goji berries, cranberries, sunflower seeds, coconut chips & walnuts”
You could even try these Sticky Fruit and Nut NO BAKE Bliss Balls!
6. Healthy Mummy Smoothie
Cat says, “If you haven’t used the Healthy Mummy Smoothies as a quick and easy snack, you are missing out!
I often have these in the afternoons before heading to the gym to teach my evening classes. Try using less add ins than you normally would for a meal replacement smoothie (e.g. 1 tbsp of oats instead of 2tbsp), but still add the full serve of smoothie for that boost of vitamins and minerals.”
7. Muesli and Greek yoghurt
Cat says, “Make a big batch of muesli for the week ahead by lightly toasting off some of your favourite nuts, seeds, fruit and/or grains to make a delicious yoghurt topper.
I LOVE the Chocolate Granola from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub but sometimes make a ‘throw together’ mix with whatever I have in the cupboard. Coconut, oats, chia seeds, nuts and dried fruit work well!
8. Bliss balls
“There are an obscene amount of bliss ball recipes available on The Healthy Mummy website so the options are literally endless.
I love having a batch or two on the go to make sure I have a quick snack to add to my coffee or a sweet treat for after meals,” Cat explains.
Here are 10 Bliss Balls Under 100 Calories you must try!
9. Healthy Mummy Milo
Cat is in LOVE with the Healthy Mummy milo recipe. She says, “Milo was one of my downfalls pre-The Healthy Mummy until I found the Healthy Mummy Milo recipe and life hasn’t been the same.
It is jam packed with healthy fats and protein to help keep you full and fuelled between meals. I like adding mine just to milk or warm milk for an after dinner snack.”
10. Sweet treats baby!
“I am loving the Healthy Twix recipe at the moment and have resorted to freezing half the batch to keep myself from eating it all it is THAT GOOD!
“Try having a healthier sweet treat on hand for when these cravings hit and you will be seeing and feeling the results in no time!”
Cat’s transformation journey
Cat says her weight loss journey began back in 2010, where she relied a lot on the Healthy Mummy’s FREE recipes – which can be found on the blog.
Cat was at her heaviest at 105 kilograms.
She said her major turning point was stepping on the scales and seeing three numbers.
Cat reveals, “After using the website to the point it felt like I knew it like the back of my hand I bought the 28 Day Diet and Exercise eBook and Vanilla Smoothie and the results really kicked in.”
Baby number 2
Cat welcomed baby number two in 2012. This time round, Cat was able to keep her pregnancy weight gain to a healthy weight gain range and managed to breastfeed her bub for 7 successful months.
Cat says, “I hugely credit that to the Healthy Mummy Smoothies and the knowledge I had gained with The Healthy Mummy about how to nourish my body.
“I am now sitting around 73kgs (32kgs lost) and I am at my lightest, strongest and fittest adult weight EVER. I actually don’t think I have been this small since maybe year 10?
“I am teaching group fitness classes, something I would never have even imaged doing 30+kgs ago and I love the fact I am able to help other people gain confidence, fitness and health through working together in group fitness classes.”
How incredible is that?! Keep up the amazing work Cat! You are inspiration to so many mums.
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