When trying to lose weight, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking the less you eat is best. While you do want to make sure you’re eating the proper calories, you also don’t want to restrict yourself too much. Having tasty and healthy snacks during the day can help hold you over until your next meal. Not to mention, some of the snacks can help with your weight loss goals. Here are some snack ideas to help you stay on track.
Greek Yogurt and Mixed Berries
Mixing up some plain Greek yogurt and berries is a nutritious and filling snack. Greek yogurt is high in protein, which can help reduce hunger while speeding up your metabolism, while berries are filled with antioxidants. Get creative and mix up the berries anyway you like to reap the unique benefits of each berry.
Just because this snack is loaded with the nutrients you need doesn’t mean you get to skimp on the calories, though. All calories count whether they are healthy or not. Be sure to track the calories found on the back of the yogurt, along with the berries.
Nuts are an ideal snack for both home and on-the-go snacking. According to PubMed, nuts can help lower the risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes due to their healthy fatty acid profile.
Mixed nuts may not seem like they would be that filling, but due to their fiber and protein content, they work great to hold you over until your next meal while giving your body nutrients. Be sure to watch your serving size though, as nuts are high in fat and calories.
Be sure to add some almonds in the mix as they could have an impact with weight loss, according to a study. You can make your own trail mix with your favorite things and even add in some tiny pieces of dark chocolate.
Celery Sticks Dipped in Cream Cheese
Cream cheese is a great source of dairy for your diet. Keep in mind, though, if you notice stomach pains after eating this or other sources of dairy, you may have a food intolerance.
Dipping some celery sticks into the cream cheese gives it a boost of flavor. Approximately five small celery sticks is around 60 grams of calories. With a variety of cream cheese options on the market, be sure to check the back so you can track your calorie intake as cream cheese can cause you to overreach your daily calories.
Whether you like plain cream cheese or if you want to get creative with it, the stores usually carry a veggie, horseradish, and other flavors. Playing around with the flavors is a good idea so you don’t get bored of the same thing and want to splurge on unhealthy food.
Additionally, celery has luteolin, which is an antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation. This snack is a great way to increase your intake of veggies in a tasty way.
Another great way to add some dairy to your diet is with cottage cheese. You can get as creative as you want with cottage cheese, as long as it’s a healthy choice of course. For example, you could crush up some pineapple and mix it around. You could sprinkle some cinnamon or even flax seeds.
Cottage cheese by itself is high in protein and is a filling option for a snack. It’s loaded with conjugated linoleic acid, which is a fatty acid that provides numerous health benefits.
Whether you’re someone who loves peanut butter on their cucumber or even hummus, you can’t go wrong with this snack. Cucumbers by themselves have cucurbitacin E, which is a compound that can help reduce the risk of cancer.
Approximately one cup of sliced cucumbers is around 52 grams of calories. If you opt for hummus, keep in mind that around 3.5 ounces is about 180 calories. If peanut butter is more along your preferred taste, there are around 188 calories in 2 tablespoons. To be exact with the calories, check the label as different brands could vary in calories.
Eggs are nutritious in several ways, including being weight loss friendly. With a high amount of protein and vitamins B12 and K2, you can’t go wrong with this snack.
Add a dash of pepper, if you’re into more flavor. Eggs are filling and usually have around 78 calories per egg, but always check the label. While eggs used to have a bad reputation due to their cholesterol content, studies now suggest they don’t increase the risk of heart disease.
The great thing about a hard-boiled egg is you can pair it with something else, like a handful of fruit and still have yourself a low-calorie and filling snack. You could also pair them with pita chips or whole grain crackers.
Turkey roll-ups are low fat and nutritious and, if you love cream cheese and pickles, you will likely love this delicious snack. Turkey alone boasts high quality protein, which means you will feel satisfied for a longer period of time. It also preserves muscle mass, helps with digestion, and burns calories.
Spread out a few slices of turkey breast, spread 3-4 teaspoons of cream cheese, and add a few pickles. This should be around 180 calories. You reap the benefits of each ingredient of this snack, all at once.
To get even more creative, you could sprinkle just a pinch of parmesan or cheddar, but keep in mind to add those extra calories if you do.
If you have social media, you probably know that avocados are the “go to snack” right now as they are filled with healthy fats. They are very popular among people trying to eat healthier. Some people may say avocados have an acquired taste, but you can dress them up in a healthy way if you don’t like them plain.
Avocados are one of the most nutritious snacks you can eat, so you should at least try one and see how you like it. They are filled with magnesium, potassium, and fiber. While the fat of an avocado is considered a “healthy fat,” it is important to limit serving sizes.
If the plain taste isn’t for you, no worries. Try adding just a pinch of salt and some chili or cayenne pepper if you’re into spicy foods. A benefit of avocados is that they can help lower your bad cholesterol and even improve arthritis.
Oatmeal and Blueberries
Oatmeal doesn’t have to be just for breakfast. This hearty option can be a nutritious snack as well. With the enriched fiber content, oats can help regulate your blood sugar and even help you from that dreaded “mid-day crash.” Adding some blueberries can give it some sweetness so you can leave out the table sugar.
Be sure you use plain oatmeal and about ¼ to ½ cup of blueberries. You can even add a tablespoon of honey or dried fruit instead of blueberries if they aren’t one of your top choices.
Banana and Peanut Butter
A banana is a great source of potassium. Spread about a tablespoon of peanut butter on your banana and you will notice an energy and mood spike. The protein will help with your energy levels for hours.
Consuming peanut butter, or even peanuts in general, in the morning can control blood sugar through the day and give you more energy. Try having this banana and peanut butter snack in the early morning before lunch to reap the benefits.
Watch the type of peanut butter you use, though. A lot of brands are filled with sugar. Opt for more natural peanut butter. Check the labels in your local grocery store before purchasing.
During a weight loss journey, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. The moment you start to feel deprived is usually when things tend to go backward and you reach for the muffins and potato chips. When someone feels deprived, they likely will resort back to unhealthy food choices. Knowing which healthy and easy snacks you can run to makes a world of a difference. To gain more knowledge on weight loss or other healthy tips, request a consultation with NEW You Weight Loss today to get started on your journey.