When picking something to snack on, not all treats are created equal and slimmers should try and avoid those high in sugar, nutritionist for USN, Shona Wilkinson said.
She told Express.co.uk: “Sugar gives us empty calories and contributes to weight gain.
“Sugar makes our food taste great, gives us a quick boost of energy, and makes us feel good, but when consumed frequently it can have negative effects on our health and well-being.”
Instead of tucking into a sweet treat, slimmers can pick from a list of healthy foods which will leave them feeling full and less likely to pile on the pounds.
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Shona said: “Good options can include blueberries, which are high in antioxidants – amongst the highest of all fruits – and low in sugar relative to other fruits.”
“Avocados are rich in healthy fats, especially the monounsaturated fat oleic acid, which is associated with heart health,” she explained.
“Avocados also contain good levels of vitamin E, as well as carotenoids – substances that can have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in the body.”
Slimmers can enjoy these by topping with half an avocado or teaspoon of raw almond butter.
Shona explained: “Oatcakes provide a slow release of energy; and almond butter contains healthy fats, protein, and good levels of minerals including calcium, magnesium and manganese, which are all necessary for strong bones.”
Having a handful will help slimmers feel full as well as giving a good boost of protein.
“Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which is necessary for the health of the immune system, healthy fertility, our sense of taste and smell, bone strength and many other aspects of health,” Shona told Express.co.uk.