Full disclosure first thing, I've never been the kind to even remotely consider myself a "fitness enthusiast". I've always been accustomed to relying on my "fast metabolism" to stay seemingly fit, while exercise and a healthy diet were concepts I paid zero attention to. I guess my fitness strategy could be likened to slapping on some duct tape on a leaking pipe, just so it appears to be fine. And to be fair, all these views I speak of were working just fine for me, at least on the surface. Then along came a pandemic, and things took a drastic turn.
What changed? Well, for starters, even though I didn't exercise pre-Covid, I did log in some physical movement while commuting to and fro work. So with indefinite work from home, I slipped into a 99% sedentary lifestyle. Secondly, my secret trick to utilising my fast metabolism, was drowning myself in work so that I didn't get the time to eat at all. Believe you me, on most days my first proper meal of the day was dinner. But now with my mother just a room away, skipping meals wasn't an option. And my fridge being readily available to be ransacked, made it much easier for me to binge on junk whenever I so pleased. Sparing you the other gruesome details, I'll jump straight to the point. It took less than a couple of months for me to go from being satisfied with my weight and petite frame, to complaining about the outrageous amount of weight I had now gained.
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I don't wish to delve too deep into the problem, so I'll move on to my process of finding a solution. I tried intermittent fasting, but the cravings always got the best of me. I tried abrupt rigorous exercise for 3 days, then by the 4th day, I was too sore to even lift a finger. After trying and failing for about 4 months, I figured what works. The key is to modify your diet in a way that allows you to satisfy your tastebuds and get adequate amounts of different nutrients, all while skimping out on the calories. Oh, and light to moderate but consistent exercise that you actually enjoy. But before we get to that, let's get the main thing sorted for you. Let's help you swap unhealthy snacking habits, with healthy munching that actually does good to your body. So for that, here's us listing 8 healthy snack recipes for weight loss, that are easy to dish together and beneficial to gobble up.
1. Low-Carb Greek Yogurt Bowl
Enjoy the power-packed protein content of Greek yogurt without loading up on calories with this excellent snack recipe for weight loss. This snack bowl combines the gut-friendly ingredient of yoghurt with the goodness of berries and almonds, coupled with the rich dietary fibre amounts found in flax seeds. Throw it all together and add a dash of cinnamon for a bowl that tastes like a dessert, but actually makes you fitter! We learnt how to whip one up with this Youtube video tutorial by HIITBURN, that's easy to follow and uses a few readily available ingredients.
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2. Thick Smoothie Bowl
A smoothie is that one drink that straddles the line between gastronomic pleasure and health concerns, perfectly. So when you turn one into a snack bowl the results are bound to be both delicious and nourishing for your body. There are so many takes on the classic smoothie bowl, you can have one for lunch every day of the week without feeling an inkling of boredom. This Youtube recipe tutorial by The Cooking Foodie is by far our favourite. It shows you how to make 5 different versions of a thick smoothie bowl. as healthy ways to satiate those hunger pangs.
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3. Rajma Salad Bowl
In addition to being the go-to comfort food for a lot of Indians, kidney beans are also a powerhouse of several health benefits. These include a high fibre content to give your digestive system a healthy boost, along with a low glycemic index, a quality that helps you in staying fuller and for longer, with relatively smaller portions. We'd recommend you follow this Youtube recipe tutorial by Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana, for an easy, beginner-friendly Rajma salad recipe that employs just a few basic ingredients.
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4. Sweet Potato & Chickpea Buddha Bowl
A buddha bowl is a one-dish meal that's satiating, rich in a diverse palette of nutrients, and uses a balanced mix of ingredients. Although you'll find tonnes of Buddha Bowl variations online, one made with roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas is currently the one we reach for the most. Reason being, sweet potatoes and chickpeas are counted in low-glycemic foods, and the former's high water content makes it ideal for promoting weight loss. We love this Youtube recipe tutorial by Shawna Fisher, because of its simple process and a short list of ingredients.
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5. Vegan Burrito Bowl
One cuisine that I feel personally vindicated by whenever I try to adopt a healthier, leaner diet is Mexican. The cravings just don't stop coming! So we found a way for you to fuse the tangy, exciting flavours of a classic Mexican burrito, into your new healthy diet plan. How does a lip-smacking, vegan Burrito Bowl sound? If you're nodding your head enthusiastically, head on over to this Youtube video recipe tutorial by SweetPotatoSoul for all the recipe deets!
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6. Avocado Egg Salad Bowl
In the world of food, avocados have been all the rage in recent years. And when you take one glance at their long list of dietary benefits, it becomes starkly clear why. Loades with Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, Fibre, Pottasium and a hoard of other diet essential nutrients, several studies have indicated a connection between enhanced health and the inclusion of Avocados in your diet. And eggs, as we all know, is an ultimate protein source. So mix the two together into a tasty bowl some dish, by following the instructions of this Youtube recipe video tutorial by Continental Desi Kitchen CDK.
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7. Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowl
Loaded with taste and enriched with the goodness of nutrients and fibre, a quinoa bowl with mildly spiced roasted vegetables is a brilliant lunch idea. The best part is, you can always tinker with the veggies you choose, go for leafy greens on one occasion and load up on mushrooms and baby corn on another. If you want to learn how to make your own bowl at home, we'd recommend following this Youtube recipe tutorial by Vijaya Selvaraju, for how informative and helpful it is!
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8. Keto Vegan Cauliflower Popcorn
As much as I hated it back when I had the option, I gotta admit now, I miss overpaying for cheesy popcorn at movie theatres. But now that I'm also focusing on fine-tuning my diet to help with my fitness goals, I'm so glad this easy alternative exists to the calorie-loaded snack. Cauliflower popcorn is a wonderful meal for diverse categories of health enthusiasts, from those who follow Keto to those who are vegan, and from those who want to avoid gluten to those who want satiating low-carb options. This Youtube recipe tutorial by Keto Vegan is an excellent guide to prepping some in your kitchen, and it even includes cheese! The vegan variety, of course.
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Are you ready to munch your way to a fitter version of you?