Set Your Metabolism on Fire by Snacking!
If you’ve read the last blog “To Snack or Not to Snack”, you already know SNACKING IS GOOD, and the science behind fasting is NOT! In fact, snackification, as I like to call it, is the way to set your metabolism on fire. Snacking revs up those fat-burning hormones and gets your body’s motor running.
In Phase 1, stick to fruits. An apple, orange, frozen mango, and frozen pineapple are great to keep on hand for your crash stash snacks. How about a fruit salad? Go to town. A hearty fruit salad will keep you more than full between meals. And, how great does a colorful fruit salad sound on a summer afternoon. Or how about some refreshing watermelon slices?
Recipe: Fat-Burning Watermelon Slices
Makes 1 serving
1 cup sliced watermelon
¼ teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon lime juice
Sprinkle the watermelon with chili powder and then pour lime juice on top.
Phase 2 snacking is all about lean meat, and my favorite crash stash snack is jerky. A lot of store brand jerky is loaded with preservatives so be careful! I love turkey jerky, and one of my clients helped me with the recipe you see below. You have a lot of options, just keep it lean!
Recipe: Turkey Jerky
Makes 4-6 servings
This jerky can also be made with organic beef round steak, buffalo, halibut, or other meat.
1 to 1 ½ pounds organic turkey breast steaks
¼ cup tamari
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
½ teaspoon onion salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Trim and discard all fat from the meat. Cut into strips approx. 5 inches long and ¼ inch wide. In a large, resealable plastic bag, combine the remaining ingredients. Add the meat to the bag, seal bag, and toss to coat. Refrigerate and let marinate for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and discard the marinade. Put the meat in a dehydrator or the oven on wire racks with a foil-lined baking sheet underneath. Arrange meal strips ¼ inch apart on racks. Bake uncovered at 200 degrees for 6 to 7 hours, or until meat is dry and leathery. Remove from the oven; cool completely. Refrigerate or freeze in an airtight container.
What else is a good snack in Phase 2? How about hard-boiled egg whites or tuna salad?
My FAVORITE Phase 3 snack is hands down celery with almond butter. (Remember: Vegetables are unlimited!) Or, try a ¼ cup of hummus or guac with some cold vegetables. I’m getting hungry just talking about it!