You can successfully lose weight while indulging in some tasty, satisfying snacks!
How is that possible you ask?
Just choose nutrient-rich whole foods that contain protein and/or fiber. It’s simple!
Here are a few nutritious, delicious weight loss snacks:
#1 – Nuts
While nuts contain calories and fat, they contain the good type of fat that helps you burn fat! And studies show that people who eat nuts tend to be healthier and leaner.
But don’t indulge on the “honey roasted” ones. They contain too much sugar to make the list.
Nuts are high in protein and fiber, which means a small amount goes a long way in filling you up and keeping you satisfied. Plus, nuts contain lots of vitamins and minerals, so you can’t go wrong!
Almonds have been shown to help promote weight loss. At least 10% of their fat calories are not absorbed by the body. And, almonds can boost your metabolism too!
Tip: Carry a small bag or container of unsalted/unsweetened nuts in your bag or purse.
#2 – Fresh Fruit
While fresh fruit does have a fair amount of natural sugar, it is low in calories due to its water and fiber content, not to mention all those vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Fruit fiber not only helps fill you up (known as the “satiety factor”), it also slows the release of fruit sugar into your bloodstream, reducing blood sugar spikes that lead to cravings.
As with nuts, studies show that people who eat more fruit tend to be healthier.
Try a variety of fresh fruit (apples, pears, berries, etc.) paired with a handful of nuts. Avoid fruit juices and dried sweetened fruit like Craisins. (Too much sugar!)
Tip: Can’t do fresh? Try frozen. Quick, easy and already chopped!
#3 – Chia seeds
Chia is a personal favorite.
Chia is not only high in fiber, it also contains protein and omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium. For tiny seeds, they sure do pack a nutritional punch!
They also absorb a lot of liquid, so you can make a thick, yummy pudding out of them.
Tip: Put two tablespoons in a bowl with ½ cup of coconut or almond milk, a few berries, 1 tsp. vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon. Soak until the pudding attains the desired consistency. Delish!
#4 – Boiled or poached eggs
Eggs are a high-protein food packed with nutrition, most of which is in the yolk.
Recent research shows that the cholesterol in the yolks is NOT associated with elevated cholesterol levels and heart disease. Whew!
Tip: Hard boil a few eggs and keep them handy in your fridge for a super-quick, healthy snack-on-the-go!
#5 – Vegetables
You probably don’t need to be told what nutritional powerhouses veggies are, but you may need to be sold on their delicious “snack-ability” factor.
Veggies contain lots of fiber and water to help fill you up, and they are easily portable. Just rinse a handful of baby carrots or cherry tomatoes, plop them in a bag, and tote them along for a powerful burst of nutrition and energy.
Tip: Dip your veggies for the ultimate in taste and satisfaction. Put almond butter on celery, or try my new hummus recipe below.
So, give these snacks a try! No more feeling like you’re doomed to tasteless, cardboard, or completely unsatisfying weight loss snacks. Prep them the night before to make tomorrow your easiest day yet.
Enjoy as the pounds melt away!
Vegetable Dip: Hummus
Makes about 2 cups
1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained & rinsed
⅓ cup tahini
1 garlic clove
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 dash salt
1 dash pepper
Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to thin it out with a bit of water, so add 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time and blend.
Serve & enjoy!
Tip: Don’t like sesame? Use an avocado in place of the tahini, and olive oil in place of the sesame oil.