If you are someone who is actively trying to lose weight but also loves to snack throughout the day, this blog post is for you! In fact, we are here to encourage you to eat healthy snacks during the day, because they can actually help you in your effort to lose weight (if you replace a bag of chips of bar of chocolate with one of these options, that is)!
Instead of sugary and carb-packed snacks, opting for whole food, protein and nutrient filled snacks can help you stay full throughout the day and satisfy your cravings. We usually recommend eating 3 balanced meals per day, but these snacks save the day when that doesn’t work out!
Here are 10 super simple snacks that you can try that can help you lose weight!
Almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios… you name it. Nuts are a very nutritious snack alternative and are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Because they are so high in healthy fats, they are extremely filling and eaten in moderation and can help you lose weight. Recommended serving size: 1 oz (or just under 1/4 cup).
Bell peppers and guacamole
Bell peppers are known for being very nutritious and containing antioxidants like beta carotene, capsanthin, and quercetin. They are also rich in vitamin C! Recommended serving size: 1/4 cup guacamole with as many bell peppers as you’d like.
Celery and labne
This is a very low-carb, but filling and delicious snack. Under 200 calories per serving*, celery and labne (a Levantine “yogurt cheese”) contain several antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities! *Recommended serving size: 1/4 cup labne with as much celery as you’d like.
Yogurt and berries
Opt for plain 0% or 2% greek yogurt and an assortment of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc. for a delicious and nutrient-dense snack. This snack is packed with calcium and potassium and very high in protein. With an added mixture of berries, you’ll be receiving tons of antioxidants and vitamins! Recommended serving size: 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt with 1/2 cup berries.
Kale is extremely high in fiber and provides vitamins A, C, and K! Kale is also known to reduce blood sugar and risk of colon cancer! Unless making these at home, look for one with minimal or even no added sugar such as this one. Recommended serving size: 1 oz.
Dark chocolate almonds
Dark chocolate by itself is already nutritious and a great alternative to milk chocolate. But paired with almonds makes it the perfect combination of nutritious and heart healthy! High in magnesium and monounsaturated fats, dark chocolate almonds can be a healthier way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Recommended serving size: up to 1 oz.
Cucumber and hummus
It’s no secret that cucumber slices and hummus go perfectly together. This combination is incredibly heart healthy and even reduces inflammation. Recommended serving size: 1/4 cup hummus with as much cucumber as you’d like.
Hard boiled eggs
Eggs are one of the most protein-filled and weight-loss friendly snacks you can eat! Hard-boiled eggs are also incredibly filling and include vitamins K2 and B12. If you have 2 hard-boiled eggs, you’re consuming only 140 calories and 12 grams of protein!
Talk about delicious, how about these turkey roll-ups? Ditch the carbs and say hello to masses of protein. Simply put together 4 slices of no-sugar-added turkey, 2 tbsp whipped cream cheese, and slices of cucumber to taste and voila! A healthy and fulfilling snack for ~100 calories.