As you know by now, it is important to eat three small meals and have snacks in between during the whole day, and the whole idea is to increase your total metabolism, so that your body can burn more. But what kind of snacks should you eat in between? As always, we turn to top Lebanese food consultant and medical and weight loss dietician Mira Khattar for the very best in dietary advice!

“I personally love to munch on some good and healthy snacks but this doesn’t mean that I don’t munch sometimes and specifically during the weekends on some desserts I like. I will give you some healthy snacks options that I love to eat between my meals, depending on what I feel like having everyday”.

1- Bananas: This fruit is known as a good source of potassium, and is so rich in vitamin B6 for only 80 calories! It has 4 grams of fiber, and is full of carbohydrate which is the main source of energy.

2– Bran muffin: One small muffin has 3 grams of fiber and makes you feel satisfied, plus it is a sweet! One small bran muffin has almost 90 calories, which is perfect as a snack!

3- Carrots: One medium carrot meets your daily Vitamin A recommendation, which is needed for a better vision as well as for a healthier skin.

4- Rice & milk pudding: I love this one! and specifically if it is cold! It is perfect to have it in the afternoon, so refreshing for only 120 calories! Try to make it at home by using skimmed milk.

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5- Fruit yogurt: I love the strawberry flavor! Fruit yogurt provides all the vitamins and the calcium needed for better bones health. The zero fat option gives you the sweet buzz for only 45 calories!!

6- Strawberries and sweeteners: I am sure you heard about this combination but a lot of people use the white refined sugar instead of the sugar-free sugars! And when I say sugar-free sugars, that means the ones that are not absorbed by the body. Try to have almost 20 strawberries with 2 teaspoons of any kind of sweetener, put in the fridge for few minutes before eating it

7- Raw walnuts and almonds: These 2 snacks are great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, essential for heart and brain functions. They are also rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, needed to fight against cancer and many diseases.

8- Popcorn: I am more a sweet person, but popcorn is my only salty favorite snack! And I don’t mind having it everyday! It is the best snack you can have at night while watching a movie or while chilling in front of your laptop. It is full of fiber! Go for the fat-free microwavable one, one popped cup gives you only 80 calories!

Now that you have eight healthy options, try to pick at least three of them and include them in your daily eating habits!

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