If you’re notorious for snacking, then it can either make or break your body from burning fat.
However, even though you snack a lot doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight. The key is to snack smarter. What’s smarter snacking? Its knowing the total amount of calories from snacks per day and then portioning it.
The problem most people have with snacking is that they either eat too much of it or they eat something that has way too many calories than their calorie intake can afford.
That’s why knowing your macros and how much calories to eat per day is crucial. Once you calculate the total calories that will allow you to lose weight, you can prep any type of snack you desire (as long as it fits your calorie intake of course).
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Moving onto the hacks..
Buy in bulk
One amazing way to save money while eating your favorite snacks is to buy in bulk. For instance, I’ll purchase a family size bag of unsalted popcorn and portion them into small zip lock bags.
On the other hand, you can also buy pre-packaged 100 calorie popcorn bags. I personally go with SkinnyPOP.
Use an Air Fryer
Snacking doesn’t have to always be manufactured and prepackaged. Matter of fact, my best snacks are made right at home with an air fryer.
What’s an air fryer? It’s a convenient kitchen appliance that fries your food without the use of oil, it uses air. Foods come out crispy and evenly cooked when using it. The best part about it? I don’t have to worry about consuming the extra calories when cooking with oil. Another amazing feature is that it cooks foods extremely fast, which is a plus for those of us who are always on a go.
What snacks have I cooked so far?
Sweet Potato Fries – I typically throw the fries straight from the freezer and into the air fryer. There’s really no prepping and it cookes the fries in about 10 minutes. After the fries are done, I’ll weight them out and pre pack them into small tupperwares. A delicious snack!
Mixed vegetables – Vegetables are awesome when air fried. Purchase a pack of mixed veggies and dump them straight into the fryer. For a more toasted and crispier taste, add some Pam oil spray. After its cooked, measure and pack them as you would the sweet potato fries.
The list can go on and on. Meal prepping is also easier when using the air fryer as it cooks chicken breast a lot faster than you would in the oven.
For those of us who have a sweet tooth, this hack may benefit you. Most times when I’m craving sweets, i’ll add flavored water drops to my water bottle. This allows me to satisfy my sweets craving and also helps with drinking your gallon of water.
Watch the serving labels
This one is huge. Before I became serious about fitness, I would eat snacks without reading the labels. Why is reading the labels important? Because sometimes a snack can be more than 1 serving.
For instance, one entire Len & Larry protein cookie is 2 servings. However for those who aren’t familiar with nutrition labels will eat the entire cookie thinking it’s for 1 serving.
Here’s an example
1 Serving of Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie will provide the following:
So if you unknowingly ate the whole cookie, you’ll actually be eating twice the amount.
So be super weary about how much macros each serving has since this could really mess up your diet.
Buy a food scale
Last hack is to buy a food scale. With all the hacks already listed, it would seem mandatory to purchase one correct? You bet. Knowing how much you’re actually eating is key to losing weight. So keep a food scale conveniently placed in your kitchen, that way you’ll actually use it.
I personally use the Ozeri food scale as shown in the picture above.