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Wellness Tips

Cut Calories & Rev Up Your Metabolism

As the days get warmer, our clothes seem to get smaller! Have you noticed some winter weight starting to show as you pull the layers off? Try these tips to help cut calories, rev up your metabolism and suppress your appetite.

CUT CALORIES BY…

Going topless. Eat sandwiches and burgers without a top to immediately cut 100 calories. Plus, in some cases, you’ll also lose a layer of mayo that typically goes on the top slice, saving another 100 calories. If you’d like to up the ante, try going totally bread-less, and wrap your sandwiches and burgers in lettuce or use grilled portabello mushroom caps as a bun.

 

REV UP YOUR METABOLISM BY ENJOYING…

Greek yogurt. This thick creamy yogurt is made by straining regular yogurt to remove most of the whey, which concentrates the nutrients, making this a super-high protein pick. The high protein-content takes your digestive system longer to break down, meaning it revs up your engine and increases your calorie burn. Greek yogurt makes a perfect grab-and-go breakfast with a banana or an energizing afternoon pick-me-up. Here’s another tasty tip: use plain nonfat Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream or mayo in a dip recipe or creamy salad dressing like this

SUPPRESS YOUR APPETITE BY ADDING…

1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds to your daily menu. Chia Seeds love water and swell up in your digestive tract taking the edge off your hunger. In fact, they are able to absorb 9-10 times their weight in water. This property, in addition to the whopping 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, make these nutrition sprinkles especially filling. Add 1 Tablespoon each day to your daily menu by sprinkling on oatmeal, yogurt, or add them into smoothies, the sky’s the limit!

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