To snack or not to snack that is the question!
The answer: Well.. that depends on the snack! Choosing healthy whole food snacks is not only a good way to lose weight. It can also be an awesome way to curb cravings, get more vitamins and minerals into your body, and help to keep your energy up throughout the day.
The key is to have healthy snacks for weight loss on hand that you actually want to eat, AM I RIGHT?
Most of us knew the answer to this question but finding, healthy and quick snack recipes can be difficult. So I’ve listed my favorite 10 snack ideas.
My favorite way to eat healthy snacks is to pair complex carbs with a serving of healthy fats or a low-fat dairy choice. When you pair these with carbohydrates it helps slow down the digestive process and keeps you fuller longer. It also helps to better regulate your blood sugar and gives you lasting energy.
1 Green apple with 2 tbsp almond butter
Wash and slice apple. Spread almond or Nut butter on each slice. Pairing fruit with a protein is a great way to fight hunger.
2. 8 Whole grain or gluten-free crackers with 2 reduced-fat cheese slices
Choosing whole grains helps you get more fiber into your diet and cheese, of course, is a great source of calcium.
3. Hummus with celery and Carrot sticks
Hummus is made from chickpeas and is a great vegetarian choice.
4. Homemade ice cream protein shake
2 scoops of Vanilla Slender Shake Meal Replacer , 1 cup almond milk, 6 ice cubes. Blend.
5. Nut butter and ½ banana on toast
6) 1 cup greek yogurt and strawberries
Greek Yoghurt is an amazing source of clean protein
7) 8 whole-wheat crackers with 2 tbsp light cream cheese
Remember that getting one serving of dairy daily is a great way to get calcium in your diet!
9)Cucumber slices topped with low-fat cream cheese
Cucumbers are high in water content, so they help you stay hydrated. They’re also known as an anti-inflammatory food and have even been known to help with burns.
10) Rice cake with tuna on top
Doctors suggest you get 2 servings of fish a week. Choose tuna packed in water and not oil for the healthiest choice.
Final Snack tips:
Snacking can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle if you choose snacks wisely. And keeping your snacking to 1 or 2 times a day with reasonable portions can help you keep from overeating later in the day!
- Drinking water in between snacks and meals can also help with cravings and overeating.
- High-sugar snacks can give you a quick energy boost. But that is always followed by an energy crash. So be sure to choose low-sugar choices and journal how you feel later in the day to determine what snacks work best for your body.
- Individuals trying to lose weight don’t have to stop snacking, rather they should consider portion sizes and pick foods that are nutrient-dense and satisfy your hunger.