Yes! Really! With weight loss being such an overwhelming topic these days it’s hard at times to know what to believe. For many adults they have heard from a young age that they should consume three square meals per day for good health. Although three meals per day is good the extra two can really make an impact especially in those trying to loose or maintain their weight.
Often times when trying to lose weight we automatically think food is the enemy and eating less of it will bring us to the goal weight we are aiming for. Unfortunately time after time it has been shown that by eating less and especially less often can actually hinder weight loss. When you deprive your body of the proper amount of nutrients your body goes into starvation mode. This means your body senses that food is scarce and slows down your metabolism to balance it out causing you to hold onto your weight and fat to keep the body alive. Food is important, particularly when losing weight it’s just about what type of food you eat. Most people when taking on a weight loss regimen often include exercise as well. If you are not well nourished it can make exercise, no matter how little or low impact, a daunting task. Eating your 3 regular meals per day as well as two snacks can keep your appetite at bay, keep your metabolism operating at a steady pace and give you the energy you need to complete daily tasks and conquer a workout routine.
Aside from breakfast lunch and dinner you should include two snacks. These snacks should have an element of protein which is critical and making you feel fuller for longer. You can have one snack between breakfast and lunch and the other between lunch and dinner. Some ideas for snack may be a serving of cottage cheese, tuna fish with a side of carrot sticks, apple with one serving of peanut butter . The possibilities are endless!
-This is a great snack that can be measured out for a daily snack throughout the week or can serve as a great healthy dish for any social gather.
- 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can no salt added yellow corn
- 2 red bell peppers, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots, from one medium shallot
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons sugar or Splenda
- 9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lime zest (be sure to zest limes before juicing them)
- 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 Hass avocados, chopped
Combine all ingredients except for avocados in a large bowl and mix well. Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight. Right before serving, add avocados and mix gently, being careful not to mash avocados. Garnish with a more chopped cilantro if desired. Serve at room temperature.
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Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers, Avocado & Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette