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BEAT THE BOREDOM – 10 LOW-CALORIE SNACK IDEAS

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Boredom is an emotion that many people experience on a daily basis. Not everyone realize that it can affect their behavior and specifically affect what they are eating. This can have long term effects if they do not handle it correctly. 

 

Boredom is the emotion that you feel when your current situation or action seems purposeless to you.1 This can lead to feeling dissatisfied, restless and unchallenged. The lack of purpose or meaning can create conflict which results in a short-term decrease in self-awareness1. Eating food is one way that people can distract themselves and become less self-aware to cope with the boredom. 

 

In fact, a study has shown that boredom increases the desire to snack and it showed that the participants of the study tended to choose less healthy foods to snack on.1 

 

Snacking on less healthy foods can lead to an excessive energy intake and in turn, cause weight gain. It is especially important to pay attention to the amount of energy you consume during times that you are exercising less. 

 

We have put together a list of low-calorie snacks that you can use when your activity level is lower. Always remember that even if your snacks are low in calories, you still need to consume them in moderation. 

 

1. USN Diet Fuel Ultralean

Diet Fuel Ultralean is a quick and easy low-calorie, high protein snack that can be used to maintain muscle mass. With added Garcinia Cambogia, it can also prevent weight gain and assist with weight loss. Click here to shop now:

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2. Veggies and hummus

Vegetables are low in energy but high in fibre and is thus the perfect snack to fill you up without all the extra calories. You can use veggies such as cucumber sticks, peppers, small carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas and celery. You can also choose reduced oil hummus to lower your energy intake even more.

 

3. Green protein smoothie

Make sure you keep up your muscle mass up with this refreshing green smoothie. It contains BlueLab™ 100% Whey for extra protein. You can find the recipe here: 

https://usn.co.za/life/articles/green-protein-smoothie

 

4. Hardboiled eggs

Eggs are high in protein and will keep you full for a longer time. Protein helps with satiety to keep you feeling full and prevent you from eating more and consuming too many calories. You can sprinkle some coarse salt and black pepper, or you can dress it with sriracha for something spicy.

 

5. Plain yogurt with berries

Maintain good gut health with this snack. Plain yogurt is high in protein and contains gut-friendly bacteria that can help you maintain your gut health. This is a great snack option that is quick to prepare as well. You can choose different toppings such as berries, cinnamon and apple, or mango pieces to make the flavours more interesting. If you don’t have berries, you can alternatively drizzle a teaspoon of honey over the yogurt for sweetness.

 

6. Roasted chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are the perfect snack if you are looking for something crunchy with lots of flavour. Roasting the chickpeas brings out a nutty flavour and you can use different spices each time to keep your snacks interesting. 

 

7. USN Pro Protein bar

If you are looking for an easy, delicious snack to satisfy sweet cravings but limit the calories, then this bar is for you. It is high in protein and is just about 158 calories. You can buy these bars here: 

https://usn.co.za/shop/products/pro-protein-bar

 

8. Air-popped popcorn

Popcorn is surprisingly low in calories and can be flavoured with different spices to keep it interesting. 3 cups of air-popped popcorn contain about 3.6g fibre and only around 93 calories.

 

9. Apple and peanut butter

If you are in the mood for something sweet try slicing up an apple and drizzle it with some peanut butter. This is a good snack option if you are tired the taste of apples. Peanut butter can be energy dense as well so try to choose peanut butter options with no added salt and sugar and only use a small amount per apple slice. 

 

10. Rice cake with cottage cheese

Cottage cheese is high in protein and can be used with many other foods to create low calorie snacks. Remember to choose low fat cottage cheese to make sure it is low in calories. You can sprinkle some coarse salt and black pepper and even add cucumber or gherkins for extra fibre and flavour.

 

Reference

1. Moynihan, A., Tilburg, W., Igou, E., Wisman, A., Donnelly, A. and Mulcaire, J., 2015. Eaten up by boredom: consuming food to escape awareness of the bored self. Frontiers in Psychology, p6.

 

Publication Date: March 26, 2020, 9 a.m.

Tags: #Diet Fuel, #Snack replacement, #eating,

Goal: Lose Weight & Tone