When you are in your office sitting on your desk, usually at 10 to 11 am, a dreaded feeling hits that says you are super hungry and you can’t think of anything else but food. There is usually 4 to 5 hours gap in breakfast and lunch and during this time a normal person gets starved. Instead of waiting for the lunch time, as the expert says, it is better to go for mid-morning snacks, especially if you are eager enough to shed some pounds.
Another reason behind midmorning snacks is, if you wait for the lunch time then you will be hungrier at the lunch and you will end up overeating. In order to save some calories, you will end up putting yourself on a weight gain track. Mid-morning snacks which are dense in nutrients are basically what our body wants for instant energy.
Trying to hold your hunger pangs will kick your body into starvation mode and your body will start sponging calories that it would normally expand, in fear of not having enough to refuge your basic body functions.
So, what is the best magic snack to keep mindless munching and starvation at bay? An ideal midmorning snack should fall under 200 calories with minimum grams of fiber, almost 3g of proteins, less added sugar. It is ok to have little carbs and fats as well but main focus should be on proteins and fiber because they will help your stomach to stop growling until lunch.
Here are the 10 ideal and tasty midmorning snacks that will help you stay focused and contented all day long.
1. Granola bar
Granola bar is one of the easiest snack to grab between the meals but most of them are super high in calories and added sugar, especially for people trying to shed pounds. To overcome this, we have a suggestion that is, KIND’S NUTS AND SPICES DARK CHOCOLATE SEA SALT BAR. This bar contains 6 grams of proteins, 7 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of sugar, and this makes it a perfect snack option to satisfy your sweet cravings.
2. Roasted chickpeas
Chickpeas are loaded with all good stuff, to be exact, they contains 6 grams of fiber and 8 grams of proteins.
Always have a package of roasted chickpeas at your table to kill off the midmorning hunger pangs before lunch. Or you can also roast them with cumin, cayenne and curry powder to have a quick boost in metabolism as well.
3. Cheese and apple slices
Mini Baby-bel cheeses are the perfect and ideal snack options for midmorning cravings. This one packet contains only 70 calories with 4 grams of fiber.
If you combine them with apples you can add more fiber to it.
4. Strawberries and Greek Yogurt
Another best and delicious snack option for midmorning is a small container of plain Greek yogurt with few strawberries.
This delicious and creamy snack contains 20 grams of slaking proteins and strawberries add the enough amount of fiber to make this snack ideal.
5. Hardboiled egg and an orange
Ever wonder how beneficial and tasty second breakfast could be? Get half dozen of eggs and boil them all and keep in fridge as your second breakfast for the rest of the week.
Eggs are great to fight with midmorning hunger pangs after breakfast. Combine hard boiled eggs with one medium orange to have a perfect dose of fats, proteins and fiber.
6. Hand-full of shelled pistachios
Small snack pack of Shelled pistachios contains 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of proteins per ounce. They are perfect to play with your foods and they will also make you eat slowly because it takes time to open them. Such tricky and tasty option.
7. Low-fat cottage cheese and banana
Often treated as high fat food option but cottage cheese is one of an excellent source of satisfying proteins. Per quarter cup of cottage cheese contains 10 grams of proteins.
To have perfect combination of proteins and filling fiber, have a medium banana with low-fat cottage cheese.
8. Turkey and cheese lettuce wrap
If you are hungry enough to have a real mini meal then reach out for a lettuce cheese and low-fat turkey wrap, which contain 12 grams of proteins with so delicious taste.
Just have a lettuce leaf, add a low-fat turkey and cheese slice and nosh away. To add more fiber you can also sprinkle some chia seeds on it.
9. Roasted edamame
Steam some edamame in microwave oven and have an excellent source of fiber and proteins.
10. Crackers and almond butter
Crackers contains only 60 calories and 3 grams of protein, and to make them more satisfying and delicious spread a tbsp. of almond butter on them for the bonus addition of proteins and healthy fats.