Hey Spring Breakers! It’s Nate from the team. After our Facebook reader survey back in January, you said you wanted more health-related posts similar to Staying Fit in the New Year. Seeing that the winter holiday snacking season is finally past us and spring break 2012 is right around the corner, it’s time to give you all a few tips on ways to put the ‘healthy’ back in your lives. Plus, it won’t hurt to cut a few pounds for that beach bod you’re working on.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m no nutrition expert. But luckily I know someone who is, and he’s got some great advice on snacking and meal recipes. Meet fat-loss guru Mike from TheFatLossAuthority.com.
Oh, and how’d I find him you ask? While doing our Pinterest contest, I searched for tasty treats and workouts. One thing led to another until I found Mike at The Fat Loss Authority.
Now, for the tips and recipes…
SW: Everyone loves to snack, but when we consume enough calories in our three daily meals, we don’t need those extra calories. What’s your trick to avoid snack cravings?
Mike: If you want to prevent unnecessary snacking throughout the day you must do this one thing: eat breakfast! It’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing! Breakfast will keep you satisfied and energized until lunch so you don’t reach for vending machine snacks or make quick trips to the nearest drive-thru. Finding ideas for breakfast food that you don’t find boring is easy if you know where to look!
Okay, okay. So I’ve eaten a good-sized breakfast. What do I snack on?
Mike: If you absolutely have to have a snack between meals, and there’s no shame if you do, choose low-calorie snacks like fruits or vegetables. Fruits and veggies are low in calories and high in fiber, which helps you burn more fat during digestion. Berries make a super delicious snack that will satisfy a sugar craving without all the calories! Vegetables like celery sticks or baby carrots, with low calorie, dips like hummus or guacamole, also make great low-calorie snacks to help you get your beach body in time for Spring Break.
SW: Cool, I think we’re all about burning more fat. So after my snacking, what’s a healthy low-calorie meal I can throw together?
Mike: If you’re looking for a way to cut down on calories and fat without cutting down on taste, consider this delicious Haddock dinner with corn and mashed potatoes. (If you’re not quite the kitchen aficionado yet, Haddock is a type of fish)
- 2 cups corn, frozen
- 4 6-ounce pieces haddock
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 2 russet potatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup skim or soy milk
- Season haddock with salt, pepper, and paprika on both sides. Broil 7 to 9 minutes.
- Boil potatoes for 8 minutes and mash with butter and soy milk.
- Simmer corn with salt, pepper, and butter until warm and soft.
*This recipe makes 4 servings, 365 calories per serving.
Assuming you’ve snacked on greens like the celery mentioned above, it sounds like an amazing coastal-inspired meal. And when it’s ready in 20 minutes and under 400 calories, you really can’t ask for more than that!
Thanks again to Mike from TheFatLossAuthority.com for sharing his expertise. Check out his site in the next few weeks. He gave me a sneak-peak at their new design complete with workouts, meals, and inspiration – it’s pretty awesome.
Have any tricks on snacking or great recipes for healthy meals? We’d love to know your secrets below in the comments!