Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How to Lose Weight with Vegetarian Snacks by Laura Ng

Vegetarian snacks are as important as the main vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in a vegetarian weight loss diet. You can prepare a healthy vegetarian diet for weight loss, but if you're eating junk snacks, they may easily undo all your hard work for weight loss in a day. Hence, you need to choose your vegetarian snacks carefully to help you lose weight effectively.

Please note that snacks are not your main meals, so you should prepare a handful of snacks that should only fill your stomach to about 30 - 40%. You should include them in between the main meals so that you'll have sufficient energy to help you stay productive throughout the day.

For example, if you normally take your breakfast at 7:30 A.M. and lunch at 12 P.M., your morning snack should fit nicely at about 9:30 A.M. - 10 A.M. depending on how long your breakfast can last you. Ideally, you should maintain a 2 - 3 hour interval between your main meal and snack.

What Vegetarian Snacks to Help Lose Weight

Keep in mind to reduce processed vegetarian snacks as far as possible. These snacks contain chemical additives, high sodium, high sugar and high fat that can ruin your goal to lose weight as vegetarian. These are my suggestions on the type of snacks you can safely eat for weight loss:

Snack A - An apple + 2 bananas.

Snack B - Organic instant oatmeal sprinkled with dried apricots, dried cranberries and some nuts and seeds.

Snack C - Yogurt added with ground flaxseed, raisins and honey dew cubes.

Snack D - Mini pita bread stuffed with alfalfa, cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers, sesame seeds added with 1 tsp lemon juice.

Snack E - Mixed fruits containing dragon fruit, pomegranate and pear.

Snack F - Mixture of dried cranberries, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts and almond nuts.

Snack G - Wholegrain sandwich stuffed with vegan cheese, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and shredded beetroot.

I can go on and on with the list of natural vegetarian snacks you can eat to lose weight. The whole idea is, change your snacks every day to avoid getting bored with the same old stuff. More importantly, this helps you absorb various nutrients from different plant sources.

Losing weight with vegetarian snacks is not as difficult as most people may think. All you need is some creativity and the willingness to make your own healthy snacks for vegetarian weight loss.