If you’re looking to improve your health, then you need to start by improving your diet. Now the temptation is to stop eating as far as possible and to semi-starve yourself. Guess what though? This is neither healthy nor a good way to lose weight. Why? Firstly, because it is nearly impossible to maintain. If you starve yourself or punish yourself, then you won’t be able to stick to the diet indefinitely. Sure, you might do okay for the first few weeks – maybe even the first few months – but a diet isn’t something transient. A diet is something you need to be able to stick with forever. Otherwise, the effects simply get reversed as soon as you change back to your old eating habits. And what’s the point in that?
It is far better to have a much more modest diet in mind and to actually stick with it, rather than being overly ambitious and naïve and giving up on your diet right away as a result!
But the other problem with the ‘eat less’ approach to dieting is that it will often mean that you aren’t getting enough nutrients in your diet. The body needs food for a reason. Food is not just ‘fuel’ – it is not just ‘energy’. Rather, food is what your body uses to build muscle and bone. To help your brain function. To create enzymes and neurotransmitters.
And when you cut these essential nutrients from your diet, you don’t only get pangs of hunger and ‘cravings’ that make it very hard to diet… you also quickly start to see your looks and energy levels go downhill. Your metabolism will even slow down, causing more fat to be stored!
So the solution is not to stop eating and snacking. The solution is to replace your regular snacks with healthy ones. Here are 21 amazingly healthy, easy and delicious snacks that you can start enjoying today!
1. Poached Eggs on English Muffins With Salmon
Eggs are one of the ultimate healthy snacks. You can eat them in a wide variety of different forms (you’ll be encountering them again on this list!) and you will get a ton of health benefits from them, ranging from a huge influx of protein (amino acids) to the essential brain-nutrient choline. Then there’s salmon, which is also fantastic for the brain thanks to its omega 3 fatty acid content and is also great for reducing inflammation as well as easing the joints.
Poached eggs on English muffins with salmon form the basis of eggs benedict. Drop your eggs into some boiling water for a few minutes having first added a little apple cider vinegar. Then drop them onto the muffins with a layer of salmon underneath. Don’t forget to dry them off first though!