Healthy snacks for weight loss? When you’re struggling to lose weight, everything you eat counts. You have to carefully consider all snack options as tweaking your diet and nutrition is one of the best ways to lose weight fast. But this doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself, in fact learning to snack the right way can help you develop better eating habits. You want to choose snacks that are full of fiber and protein to keep you full for long. Unfortunately, this won’t include your favorite baked goods or processed foods. In this article, we share with you the best healthy snacks for weight loss
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- 1 Healthy snacks for weight loss
- 1.1 1. Mixed nuts
- 1.2 2. Apple slices with peanut butter
- 1.3 3. Greek yogurt with berries
- 1.4 4. Fruit
- 1.5 5. Chia pudding
- 1.6 6. Hard-boiled eggs
- 1.7 7. Roasted chickpeas
- 1.8 8. Celery sticks with cream cheese
- 1.9 9. Kale chips
- 1.10 10. Sliced Cucumber with hummus
- 1.11 11. Edamame
- 1.12 12 Cottage cheese
- 1.13 Conclusion
Healthy snacks for weight loss
1. Mixed nuts
Perhaps the most popular of healthy snacks, mixed nuts are convenient, healthy, and great for all diets. Nuts are the perfect balance of high-fiber, protein, and healthy fats. This winning combination is what makes them so good as a healthy snack when eaten in moderation. In addition to keeping you full, nuts are also considered a heart-healthy and brain-boosting food. You can carry them to work or have them on the go. 28-grams/ 1-ounce of roasted mixed nuts contains only 172 calories (1)
2. Apple slices with peanut butter
This sweet and savory combo makes for the perfect healthy snacks. While apples provide you with whole-food fiber and carbs, peanut butter adds a healthy dose of fat and protein. These make it one of the best healthy snacks available. Pair your medium-sized apple with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. 185 calories total (2)(3)
3. Greek yogurt with berries
Another one of the classic healthy snacks is plain greek yogurt paired with berries. With greek yogurt, you’re getting more than just protein. It also contains high amounts of calcium and potassium. This is in addition to the healthy bacteria present that promotes your gut health. On the other hand, mixed berries are one of the best sources of anti-oxidants. These low-calories fruits are also good for your heart.
To enjoy this as a weight-loss food, choose plain full-fat greek yogurt and combine it with 1/2 cup of mixed berries. This delicious treat results in less than 150 calories.
Fruits can also make the perfect healthy snack. This easy to carry with you to work, including in your meal preps and eat on the go. The best and most filling fruits under 200 calories include
- Apple _ 80 calories
- Apricots_1 cup sliced_ 79 calories
- Banana_ 110 calories
- Blackberries_1 cup_ 62 calories
- Blueberries_1 cup_85 calories
- Cantaloupe_1/2 medium_93 calories
- Clementines_2_70 calories
- Grapes_1 cup_ 62 calories
- Kiwi_90 calories
- Papaya_59 calories
These are just some of the fruits you can eat as healthy snacks
5. Chia pudding
You wouldn’t think that something so tiny would be among the most nutritious foods in the world. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and protein that may help you lose weight. Besides, these tiny seeds are a great source of antioxidants that fight against inflammation and boost heart health. You can add them to your breakfast or make a simple filling chia pudding. This easy chia pudding from minimalist baker is perfect at just 172 calories per serving; For 4 servings you’ll need;
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of cacao powder
- 11/2 cup of almond milk
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 3-5 tbsp of maple syrup
6. Hard-boiled eggs
The world’s cheapest source of high-protein. If you prefer healthy snacks that require easy preparation, hard-boiled eggs might be right for you. They’re not only filling and full of protein but also keep you full for long. Not to forget as protein foods they will significantly reduce the number of foods you end up eating daily. 2 large hard-boiled eggs will only result in 150 calories(4)
7. Roasted chickpeas
Chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans are one of the best high-fiber and high-protein healthy snacks. If you’ve been wondering just how to incorporate plant fiber into your diet, this is a perfect way. Not only are they high in protein and fiber, but chickpeas are also high in vitamins and minerals. You can roast them in olive oil and seasonings for the perfect to-go snack under 200 calories.
8. Celery sticks with cream cheese
If you prepare to snack on crunchy vegetables, then this should be your go-to for healthy snacks. Celery is a great weight-loss food as it’s not only high in fiber but also potassium, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. As a low-calorie vegetable, it makes for a great snack when paid with cream cheese. You can pair small celery sticks with about 28-ounce cream cheese for a healthy snack under 200 calories.
9. Kale chips
If you love kale as I do, this should be your go-to for healthy snacks. Kale is considered one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables in the world. Did you know a cup of raw kale contains more Vitamin C than an orange? As a low-calorie food, kale is perfect to snack on for weight loss. It will keep you full without adding all the extra calories. If you don’t want to snack on it raw, you can opt for some crunchy kale chips.
Drill 1/2 cup of chopped kale leaves with olive oil and salt and bake for 15 minutes at 350F
10. Sliced Cucumber with hummus
Are you trying to eat your water? Try some cucumber and hummus as a weight-loss snack. Cucumber is made up of as much as 95% water, this low-calorie veggie is perfect for snacking without worrying about the extra calories. Not only that hummus made up of chickpeas, garlic and olive oil is also a high-fiber food. This is one snack you can’t go wrong with and you feel satisfied after. Slice up about 1 cup of cucumbers and pair wit with 100 grams of hummus all under 200 calories (5)(6).
Edamame is an immature/unripened soybeans that are steamed and eaten as a snack. They make for filling high-protein healthy snacks as they’re low in calories. Besides, they’re very portable making them great snacks to carry to work. Besides, they’re also very high in vitamins and minerals especially folate and vitamin K1.
12 Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese makes for a great healthy snack option as it’s very high in protein making it very filling. If you can’t stand snacking on it plain, you can mix it with flax seeds or cinnamon. Try this cottage cheese pudding recipe
- 1/2 cup of cottage cheese
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- Dash of stevia/ sweetener of choice
Healthy snacks are a good way to eat while you’re trying to lose weight. Having these snacks nearby can help you keep and maintain a clean diet so that you lose weight faster. Opt for healthy whole foods such as nuts, legumes, vegetables or fruit and avoid processed or refined snacks. Healthy snacks should be full of fiber and protein to keep you full for longer.