Staying on track with your diet can be difficult when you start missing the foods you used to eat. When you make big changes to your diet, it takes time for your mind and body to adjust and stop craving the unhealthy food that was once part of your routine. That’s why we’ve compiled 4 weight loss drinks and snacks that can help you maintain your weight loss progress, without sacrificing taste!
Letting go of unhealthy daily habits is one of the hardest parts about weight loss. If you’re like most coffee drinkers, you probably add in sweeteners, flavored syrups and milk to pump up the taste. Unfortunately, all three can be bad for your weight loss diet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a delicious cup of coffee!
Try out this recipe for making your own iced coffee protein shake. It would be perfect for getting your morning started while still getting in some much-needed nutrients.
Servings: About 2 servings at 115 calories each
- About 2 cups of ice
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup cold brewed coffee (unsweetened)
- 1 chopped frozen banana
- 1 scoop of protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth (start with less ice and keep adding more until you get the consistency you like).
Make sure to use a protein powder you have researched and is approved by your doctor. If the protein flavor comes through too much, try halving the amount and adding in unsweetened Greek yogurt to keep your protein count high.
When you want something salty, the urge to turn to starchy chips and fries can be incredibly hard to resist. Instead you can make big batches of these roasted chickpeas with light seasoning. This will satisfy your need for salt, and they are deliciously crunchy. Feel free to change up the seasonings to some of your favorites, but be aware that this can change the nutritional values.
Servings: 4 servings at ½ cup each and 106 calories each
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ½ to 1 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Rinse and thoroughly dry the chickpeas.
- In a small bowl, mix together cumin, paprika, garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder and pepper. Set aside.
- Bake dried chickpeas in the preheated oven on a prepared baking sheet for 15 minutes (do not add any of the other ingredients yet)!
- Remove the chickpeas from the oven and drizzle ½ tbs olive oil over the chickpeas, stirring until evenly coated. If necessary, slowly add more olive oil until all the chickpeas are lightly coated with olive oil.
- Add spices to chickpeas and stir until evenly coated.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10 more minutes, then stir.
- Return stirred chickpeas to the oven and bake them for an additional 5-10 minutes, until desired crispiness is achieved (a total of 35-40 minutes of baking).
- Turn off the oven and crack the door a bit. Let chickpeas cool in the oven to achieve maximum crispiness
When your craving for a carbonated syrupy sweet drink hits, you need to have something in your arsenal to combat it. Here is a simple and refreshing alternative to lemon lime soda.
Servings: About 4 servings at about 9 calories each
- ½ tsp of Stevia powder or 1 tsp of liquid Stevia
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 2 cup sparkling water
- Sliced lemons and limes for flavor and garnish
- Put all ingredients in a pitcher and stir to combine.
- Pour over ice and enjoy!
Ready to hit those sugar, carb, and cheese cravings all at once? This easy recipe is perfect for a midday snack that will leave you feeling satisfied. If you’re a fan of sweet and salty combos, you’ll love this recipe.
Servings: 1 serving at 119 calories each
- 1 large slice sweet potato ( ¼ inch thick)
- 2 tablespoons shredded smoked Gouda cheese
- 4 slices apple
- 1 teaspoon toasted coconut
- ½ teaspoon maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon flaky sea salt
- Toast sweet potato in a toaster or toaster oven until just cooked through and starting to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Top with cheese, apple, coconut, maple syrup and salt.
Making progress in your weight loss journey does not mean you have to give up delicious food. It’s about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and finding better alternatives for the foods you’re used to. Whatever your cravings may be, there is always an option out there that is healthier than your vice. We are always happy to help you on your way to a healthier you! Click here to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors and jumpstart your weight loss journey today.