Snacking, if done right, can be the key to weight loss. Snacking stops you from feeling hungry throughout the day, and it keeps your body burning calories all day long. However, you have to eat the RIGHT snacks. Basically, that means snacks that will provide your body the fuel it needs without catering exclusively to your tastebuds. Here are a few healthy snacks guaranteed to keep you slim:
Protein shakes are rich, creamy, and filling, and they deliver a hefty dose of amino acids to encourage muscle building, post-workout recovery, and a faster metabolism. You can easily make protein shakes that contain fewer than 400 calories, but which keep you full for hours. The delicious flavor of protein shakes make them a sort of “guilty pleasure” without all the guilt. Experiment with different powders to find the one that suits your tastebuds best.
Hummus is a high-fiber, high-fat (the good kind) food that will fill you up the healthy way. It’s made from chickpeas, so it’s a plant-based protein that will deliver a healthy dose of amino acids. You can eat it with veggie sticks to fill up more quickly, or spread it on toast for a quick pre-workout fuel up. It’s one of those foods you should always have in your house!
Avocadoes are high in calories and fat, but it’s the good kind of fat your body needs. You can spread avocadoes over toast, eat it in a fresh salsa, or even make guacamole or avocado hummus dip with it. It’s a filling food that will satiate your body’s cravings for nutrients and fats.
Roasted Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are both amazing sources of dietary fiber, unsaturated fats, and minerals. Roasting your own nuts and seeds allows you to experiment with different flavors. You can make sweet, salty, and even candied nuts and seeds. A handful or two of the toasted nuts and seeds will be filling and deliver a hefty dose of nutrients. Plus, they make great additions to any salads, yoghurts, or cereals.
Kale chips, beet chips, zucchini chips, and pumpkin chips are all low-fat snacks you can enjoy all day long. They’re surprisingly easy to make (simply slice thin, season, and put in the oven), and are definitely much healthier than tortilla or potato chips. They make amazing appetizers for when people come over to visit!
Made in an air popper, popcorn is a beautifully low-calorie snack that can fill you up in no time. You can sprinkle any number of seasonings on the popcorn—taco season, salt and pepper, lime, salsa, bittersweet chocolate, and the list goes on—to make it a delicious snack to enjoy anytime you feel a bit peckish.
Cottage cheese is the perfect middle ground between low calories and filling! The cheese contains a bit of saturated fat, which will satiate your taste buds and suppress your appetite. It’s also creamy and rich, and can be seasoned with a wide range of spices, herbs, and veggies to make it a delicious dip or topping. It makes a great snack on toast, in a cantaloupe, or even eaten alone.
Yoghurt is a beautiful snack, one that’s fairly low in carbs and rich in protein and healthy fats. A single serving of yoghurt can keep your appetite satiated for hours to come. Mix in a banana, some oats, seeds or nuts, and you’ve pretty much got a complete meal right there. It’s the perfect way to stop yourself from feeling hungry between meals.