If you have kids, you understand the importance of snack time.
Am I right?
By mid-afternoon, my hangry pants little one needs a snack and a nap. And mama does too!!
BUT if you are trying to lose weight, snacking can seem like the nemesis. The evil villain that undoes the best-laid plans.It doesn’t have to be like that. Check these out!
The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” often appear in the same sentence. And for me, that also brings thoughts of “tasteless,” “cardboard,” and “completely unsatisfying.”
Y’all know what I’m ranting about!
Let me give you my best weight-loss snacks that aren’t just nutritious but also delicious!
And these aren’t just good for you, share with the kids! My boys LOVE them.
So….What’s my criteria you ask?
They have to be nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way; foods that contain protein and/or fiber.
It’s true – nuts contain calories and fat, but they are NOT fattening! Well, I’m not talking about the “honey roasted” ones, of course. Those probably are fattening. Studies show that people who eat nuts tend to be healthier and leaner.
By the way, nuts also contain protein and fiber, which means a small amount can go pretty far in terms of filling you up. Not to mention the vitamins and minerals you can get from nuts.
Did you know that almonds have been shown to help with weight loss? At least 10% of the fat in them is not absorbed by the body, and almonds can also help to boost your metabolism!
This is one of my all-time favorite weight loss snacks!
My Tip: Put a handful of unsalted/unsweetened nuts into a small container and throw it in your purse or bag. Don’t be caught staring at the vending machine!
As with nuts, studies show that people who eat more fruit, tend to be healthier. (I’m sure you’re not too surprised!)
Yes, fresh fruit contains sugar, BUT whole fruits (I’m not talking juice or sweetened dried fruit) also contain a fair bit of water and fiber; not to mention their nutritional value with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Plus fresh fruit is low in calories.
Fiber is something that not only helps to fill you up (known as the “satiety factor”) but also helps to slow the release of the fruit sugar into your bloodstream and reduce the notorious “blood sugar spike.”
Try a variety of fruit (apples, pears, berries, etc.) and pair that with a handful of nuts.
My Tip: Can’t do fresh? Try frozen. Plus, they’re already chopped for you.
This is one of my personal favorites…
Chia is not only high in fiber (I mean HIGH in fiber), but it also contains protein and omega-3 fatty acids (yes THAT omega-3s!). These seeds also have antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium.
Can you see how awesome these tiny guys are?
They also absorb a lot of liquid, so by soaking them for a few minutes, they make a thick pudding (that is delicious and fills you up). Read my post, How to Use Chia Seeds or grab my Chia Seed Pudding recipe!
My Tip: Put two tablespoons in a bowl with ½ cup of nut milk and wait a few minutes. Add some berries, chopped fruit or nuts, and/or cinnamon and enjoy!
Boiled or Poached Eggs
Eggs are packed with nutrition and most of it is in the yolk. They contain a lot of high-quality protein and a good amount of vitamins and minerals. Recent research shows that the cholesterol in the yolks is NOT associated with highly elevated cholesterol or heart disease risk.
Yup, you read that right!
My Tip: Boil a bunch of eggs and keep them in your fridge for a super-quick (and nutritious) snack!
You knew I had to get to veggies eventually right? I mean, I know they are obvious that we all think, WHY BREA WHY?!?! But I can’t leave them out.
I don’t need to tell you how great these are for you, but just maybe I need to sell you on the delicious “snackability” of these nutrition powerhouses.
Veggies contain fiber and water to help fill you up, and you don’t need me to tell you about their vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, right? I mean I hope y’all know they are AWESOME for you without me saying it.
You can easily open a bag of baby carrots and/or cherry tomatoes and give them a quick rinse (they’re already bite-sized).
My Tip: Use a bit of dip. Have you put almond butter on celery? I love baby carrots dipped in hummus. And a little ranch flavored greek yogurt on bell peppers, yum!
Go ahead and try one, or more, of these healthy snacks. Prepare them the night before if you need to. They will not be “tasteless,” like “cardboard,” or “completely unsatisfying.” TRUST ME!!!
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