I know some people who are scared to eat certain foods because they believe they are going to make them fat. I used to be one of them, too. But one, this is due to the lack of valuable information or sometimes too much of invaluable input. And two, thinking that one bite of something will get you fat is mad. In turn, you’re probably not getting slimmer by sticking to your workout and nutrition plans for one day.
So, please, don’t fear high fat, non-processed healthy foods. I’m talking about avocado and nuts type-of-foods. The magic of foods and their nutritional values comes from what they are paired with.
Let’s take nuts for example. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega 3 fatty acids. So, if you take out one thing from this article, let it be this. Having something that is healthy and higher in fat will help you balance your blood sugar levels, and you won’t get as hungry sooner. It holds you over to the next meal. It also helps you with sugar cravings and prevents your blood sugar from crashing.
I tend to be a compulsive eater at times when sugar levels start to run a little low, so in extreme cases of hunger, I like to go after one of the options below. They are great no-cook recipes. You’ll only need a minute to put them together. And due to their pairings, they make for low glycemic index meals.
1. Sprinkle some pre-baked sunflower seeds over half an avocado and add a little bit of honey (sometimes even a lot-of-bit of honey).
2. Mash up together half an avocado, half a banana, a tablespoon of cocoa and a pinch of sea salt. Don’t worry about avocado browning. If you keep it in a glass container in the fridge, it will stay fresh up to two days. Or if you keep the ingredients separately, leave the pit in, and it won’t brown as fast, possibly drizzle it with a little lemon juice.
3. Dry up berries when in season and pair them up with a couple of nuts and you’ve got your very own trail mix. Add also cinnamon to the mix (it is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, lowers your blood sugar levels), and you’re good to go.
4. Precook some quinoa (it stays in your fridge up to 4 days) and add a tablespoon of homemade jam, sweetener or fruit and you have a healthy breakfast or a snack option.
This last option will take some more time and possibly preparation out of you because it needs to cool for a little, but it will be all worth.
5. Chia seed pudding is also a fulfilling meal. Add equal amounts of either plant-based milk or coconut water (this works well in desserts), chia seeds, a little bit of sweetener (liquid stevia, honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, coconut sugar), and your favorite fruit. You could even add some cocoa powder or cinnamon. There you have a healthy snack ready.
These are all easy to put together, and they will do so much good to you that you might have to share where you’ve found them from.