These 9 snack options can help you reach your weight loss goal.
A huge mistake that people tend to make when dieting is skipping meals. The American Heart Association has found that skipping food generall backfires as it sets a person up to overeat. Studies have suggested that having a healthful eating pattern will likely result in maintaining their weight. If looking to lose weight though, it is important to satisfy with healthful snacks and to avoid unhealthy foods.
In general, foods that are high in protein or fiber are more filling, leaving a person to feel satiated faster. Other considerations are finding foods that are low in calories but high in volume or density. It is important though, to avoid foods that are high in:
- Saturated Fat
- Simple Carbohydrates
Here are some of the best snacks for weight loss:
1. Hummus and Vegetables
This super trendy dip actually has a good source of protein and fiber, both of which can help a person feel fuller faster. When paired with vegetables, this snack only gets added nutrients.
2. Celery Sticks and Nut Butter
Remember Ants On a Log? Well, the iconic snack also is perfect for staying healthy. Celery has a really low amount of calories and is mostly water. The water is not only good for hydration but making people feel fuller, longer. The nut butter has benefits too, with its healthful fats and protein.
3. Fruit and Nut Butter
Apples and peanut butter is not only a childhood favorite but also a diet-friendly snack. According to the USDA, one medium apple provides 20 percent of a person’s dietary fiber and 1 of the 2 recommended cups of fruit each day. The nut butter only adds healthful fats and protein.
4. Low-Fat Cheese
What was thought to be a guilty pleasure snack can actually be good for you! Cheese has a lot of nutrients and the low-fat version can cut on the amount of fat consumed. Cheese is a really good source of protein, calcium, and vitamins and nutrients.
Due to all the nut allergies, people have not been indulging in as many nuts, but they are really good for you. Numerous studies have found that nuts should be a larger part of our diets since they are a really good source of protein and healthy fats. Just make sure to watch the number of calories you are consuming and the salt intake.
6. Hard-boiled Eggs
Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Past years people were consuming fewer eggs over concerns of their cholesterol, but recent research has suggested otherwise. Eggs do not raise cholesterol levels and contain essential nutrients.
7. Greek Yogurt with Berries
Greek yogurt has a high amount of protein along with calcium and is low fat. Adding fruit or berries will raise the amount of sugar, but it will probably taste better and it will be healthy sugars! Buying flavored Greek yogurt will likely have an unnecessary amount of added sugars so added your own natural sugar though fruit or berries is a better choice.
This legume, like many others, is a good source of fiber and protein. What sets apart Edamame from other legumes is how rich it is in potassium, magnesium, and iron. When eaten in between meals, it can help people feel fuller longer.
9. Air-popped Popcorn
The popular snack is usually hated on by dieticians, but having air-popped popcorn can be way better for you. People typically add salt, sugar, or fat that can make the snack unhealthy, but having it air-popped is both low-calorie and offers plenty of fiber.
Adding these snacks into your diet can be really easy. Replacing the snacks you have at home with ones like these will keep them in easy reach for the next time you’re feeling snacky.
Source: Medical News Today