Best snacks for weight loss
Snacks are not bad unless they are healthy. When you snack you fuel your body between meals and don’t allow hunger to take over. Healthy snacks ensure you won’t overeat during your mealtime and keep your fat-burning metabolism revved up. Here are some healthy snacks you can eat. They all pack 150 to 200 calories and are filled with nutrients.
1. Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey
This combination of fiber, healthy fats, and protein won’t leave you hungry, you can be sure. Plus, the vitamin C in raspberries increases your body’s fat-burning ability, according to research in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
2. Grapes and walnuts
These foods are super delicious, but you cannot eat them a lot, because grapes are super sweet and walnuts are even more filling. A cup of grapes and a handful of walnuts together will be enough to give you a powerful combination of natural sugars, fiber, healthy fats, and protein. These snacks will give you a long-lasting energy.
3. Healthy grains bar
There are plenty of different tastes – the amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and gluten-free oats. Plus, you’ll get 1/3 of your daily whole grain needs. And according to research in the Journal of Nutrition, a diet rich in whole grains can help you burn fat and lower your cholesterol.
A cup of edamame contains 1/3 of both your daily fiber and protein needs. And if you want them to last longer, suck them straight from the shells. According to research published in the journal Appetite, you feel like you have eaten more if you can see the remnants (in this case the pods) of your food.
5. Wheat crisp breads and cottage cheese
A half-cup serving of cottage cheese contains 1/4 of your recommended daily intake of protein. Choose 2% or even full-fat cottage cheese, rather than a nonfat variety. The fat combined with the protein will keep you full until mealtime.
Mediterranean diet is considered the healthiest one. Take cucumbers, olives, and hummus – they all are high in fiber, low in fat, and pair perfectly for a light snack.
7. Oatmeal and blueberries
You can eat oats not just for breakfast, actually they’re good at any time. Full of fiber, they help regulate blood sugar levels to keep you from crashing. While blueberries add some sweetness without any sugar, plus vitamin C.
8. Banana with peanut butter
The carbs in a banana will give you a quick mood and energy spike, while the protein in peanut butter will boost your energy and make it last for hours. According to a 2013 study in the British Journal of Nutrition, eating peanut butter in the morning can help curb your appetite throughout the rest of the day.
9. Apple slices with cheese
Just one apple a day can help prevent weight gain, according to research in the journal Nutrition. Another study shows that cheese might, too. Try an apple with a half-inch slice of sharp cheddar cheese – you’ll get the perfect sweet and salty mix with a crunch.
10. Turkey rolls
Sliced turkey breast can be considered as a mini meal. Just roll up five slices of turkey with two roasted red peppers and two teaspoons of spicy mustard – this light snack packs only 150 calories.
11. Pear slices with almond butter
Pear with a tablespoon of almond butter will give you the perfect carb and protein combination. Want to get some more health benefits? Add a dash of cinnamon. According to a 2012 study published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the spice helps stabilize blood sugar levels.