We’ve all done it when trying to lose weight––pushed our bodies past our calorie intake. This tactic might seem do-able in the short term, but will fail your goals and your health in the long run. Although it may be tempting to severely restrict your calories to help you lose weight faster, not eating can cause a variety of problems when you're exercising, and many people take their calorie cutting too far in hopes of seeing fast results.

What happens when you cut calories too much for too long?

Your body needs that energy in the form of fat to survive. So, what does your body do when it senses prolonged energy restriction? Not eating enough calories: slows down thyroid productions, decreases muscle mass, throws of hormone balance, and decreases energy levels. So in short, you have to eat calories to be a healthy weight. Ready to be fueled for your best performance, reach your goals, and sustain that healthy lifestyle? Embrace the snack!

Snacks for Stamina

#1 - Smoothies

A full serving of smoothie is a great meal replacement, especially if it packs in lots of nutrients and protein, but you don’t always have to go for the full enchilada. These three simple, delicious recipes are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or workout recovery treat: Three Veggie Protein Smoothies

#2 - Nuts and seeds

A big part of choosing the right snacks is going for high-nutrition density, and most nuts and seeds fit this bill big time. Healthy fats, fiber, protein, and minerals are packed into tiny packages. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and peanuts all contain a host of healthful nutrients. Plus, they’re super portable.

#3 - Protein bars

Not all protein bars are created equal, so make sure you are choosing one with clean ingredients and minimal sugar. Our Orgain Simple Protein Bars boast 12g of organic protein, 6-8g of organic fiber, are 100% plant based, and contain simple, clean ingredients.

#4 - Bananas

Athletes love bananas. Why? Bananas are an excellent source of magnesium and potassium which help relax overstressed muscles. Bananas also contains a beneficial combination of vitamins and minerals that work together to help us replenish blood cells and stay alert and energetic. BONUS: They come in their own compostable packaging.

#5 - Protein Bites

Nutritionists, dietitians, and health and wellness pros are all about the protein bites. Why? These easily customizable and clean recipes are not only delicious, but pack in the healthy fats and carbs needed to keep you on top of your workout routine. Add protein powder, nuts, seeds, quinoa, coconut oil––whatever ingredient you want to get more of can be incorporated in a variety of different recipes. Start with this one! Happy snacking!