Snacking. It can certainly make or break someone’s results on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
We have all been there when 3 pm 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 like those from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge have the power to fight hunger pangs, stabilize blood sugar levels and assist with weight loss by boosting metabolism.
This is how Healthy Mommy Cat Christ has helped overcome her hunger pangs, keep on track with her healthy eating and maintain her 70 lb weight loss.
10 snacks that helped mom beat hunger pangs and lose 70 lbs
Cat says, “Snacking is a huge factor for me that will either make or break my day of healthy eating.
Far too many times I have found myself in a time pinch and STARVING! Having a few things prepped is certainly key to helping me stay on track to my goals.”
When it comes to choosing healthy snacks, Cat opts for recipes that have protein in them, to help keep her body fueled 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.”
However, the below are considered her go-to FAVE snacks that help her stay on track!
Cat’s favorite 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 percent nuts.”
2.Tuna and rice crackers
Cat shares, “Avoid flavored tuna from the can, try tuna in spring water and add your own lemon juice and pepper or seeded mustard for an extra kick of flavor!”
3.Vegetable sticks and dip
“Homemade tzatziki or hummus are my favorites. Try making a BIG batch on meal prep Sunday so you are prepared for the week ahead”, Cat reveals.
Check out the dip recipes on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
4. Hard-boiled eggs
“Try mashing 1-2 hard boiled eggs in some Greek yogurt or mayo to make an egg dip for veggie sticks or crackers,” Cat shares.
“This recipe is perfect to help keep you full and fueled between meals.”
6. A smoothie
Cat says, “Smoothies are a quick and easy snack!
I often have these in the afternoons before heading to the gym to teach my evening classes. I use fewer ingredients when I’m making a smoothie for a snack (e.g. 1 tbsp of oats instead of 2tbsp), but the milk and fruit fill me up and give me energy.”
7. Trail Mix and Greek yogurt
Cat says, “Make a big batch of trail mix for the week ahead by lightly toasting some of your favorite nuts, seeds, fruit, and oats to make a delicious topping for yogurt.
I LOVE the Chocolate Oat Granola from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub but sometimes I just throw together a 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 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge 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.
9. Fruit and nut mix
Cat says store-bought fruit and nut nixes often have excessive amounts of added oils, salt or preservatives. Be sure to always read your nut labels.
Cat says, “I like to make my own mix of nuts, seeds and/or dried fruit for a quick, handbag-friendly snack on the go.
“My favorite add-ins are raw cashews & almonds, goji berries, cranberries, sunflower seeds, coconut chips & walnuts”
10. Chocolate snacks
Cat says, “Chocolate-based snacks are absolutely essential for surviving that ‘time of the month’ or for curing after dinner sweet cravings!
“I am loving the Coconut Chocolate Brownie recipe at the moment and have resorted to freezing half the batch to keep myself from eating them all – they are THAT GOOD!
“Try having a healthier sweet treat on hand from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge 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 nine years ago, when she stepped on the scales and found herself at her heaviest weight of 233 lbs.
Cat reveals, “I started on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and the results really kicked in.”
Baby number 2
Cat welcomed baby number two, seven years ago. This time around, Cat found herself in a healthy weight gain range for pregnancy, and was able to breastfeed her baby for 7 months.
Cat says, “I hugely credit that to the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and the knowledge I had gained with The Healthy Mommy about how to nourish my body.
“I am now sitting around 163 lbs and I am at my lightest, strongest and fittest adult weight EVER. I actually don’t think I have been this small since I was in high school.
“I am teaching group fitness classes, something I would never have even imaged doing 5 stone 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?! 70 lbs GONE! Keep up the amazing work Cat! You are an inspiration to so many moms.
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