Guilt-Free Healthy Snacking For Weight Loss

What Are The Best Snacks For Weight Loss?

Healthy snacks can serve the dual purpose of keeping you going between meals and giving you the feeling you’ve indulged a little without ruining your diet plan. Whether it is a protein-rich split-pea spread on whole grain toast, a tangy soup, a fiber-rich homemade trail mix, a nutrient and antioxidant packed sweet treat of grilled fruit with cinnamon, or a hearty faux Thai noodle salad made from zucchini - snacking on a weight loss plan doesn’t have to be boring!

Weight loss can be a nightmare if you deny yourself tasty food and you’re bound to crack at some point. Eating small, healthy snacks between meals can help keep you from cheating and supply you with the nutrients your body needs. You just need to know how!

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Protein-Rich Snacks To Keep You Full

Protein based snacks are a good idea if you’re trying to ward off hunger pangs. Research has proven that protein keeps you feeling full for longer, something that can make all the difference if you’re trying to lose weight. Because you feel more full on the same calories, you are less likely to binge or graze between meals or designated snack time. And you’ll end the day with less calories overall if you plan it right.

Filling Fiber-Rich Snacks

High fiber foods are heart healthy, lower blood pressure, and bring down cholesterol levels too. Plus, they keep you feeling full for longer.

Get In More Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids help modulate appetite and can help you with weight loss by increasing the feeling of satiety after a meal or snack.

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The Right Carbs

If you feel the need for a carb-laden snack to give you the energy you need, pick resistant starch over refined carbs that your body will burn through too quickly. This kind of starch keeps you feeling full longer and may help improve insulin sensitivity.

Optimize Those Calories With Fresh Fruit And Veg!

Why not try and hit some of those targets for your daily nutrient intake while you fill up on a delicious snack?

Kale Chips

Kale chips made in your oven with little to no oil(use an olive oil spray to prevent the leaves from sticking) are delicious and give you the nutritional benefits of this dark green leafy veg too! A cup full of kale has just 8 calories and is rich in calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate. It is also anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants which is good for warding off a host of health problems including cardiovascular disease.

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Faux Noodles With Zucchini

Faux noodles with zucchini makes a hearty snack in warmer weather. Just use a food processor to churn out thin noodles of zucchini which you can dress with a tangy spicy thai style vinaigrette with ginger that lowers hepatic fat, fat busting red chillies , diuretic parsley to ease bloating, antioxidant rich lime juice, and sprinkle on some sesame for crunch and an omega-3 boost.

Apples

Apples with cinnamon sprinkled over toasted ever so lightly on your grill or in the oven feels like a cheat even though it isn’t! The sweet warming cinnamon can lower blood pressure and cut inflammation and the apples help reduce fat absorption by your body courtesy the pectin they contain.

Avocado

If you’re craving something savory, whip up a guacamole-style dip using fiber-rich avocado. The omega-9 fatty acids it contains can also help regulate your appetite so you don’t eat as much. If you like, toss in a red bell pepper. The capsinoid in it increases fat metabolism. Research has found it can also aid abdominal fat loss.

Grapefruit

For something less involved, just cut open a grapefruit and dig in! The enzymes in the fruit reduce levels of circulating lipids in your blood. Some research has shown that consuming it daily can also bring modest weight loss and significantly reduce waist circumference.

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Pomegranate

Another handy fruit to keep stocked at home is the pomegranate. The ruby red antioxidant rich fruit is a good natural way to treat hyperlipidemia in anyone with diabetes. For everyone else, it is worth it for the nutrients it packs and delicious plain or sprinkled over regular or low fat yogurt.

Oranges And Pears

Oranges and pears are fiber rich and lower serum cholesterol levels.

Quick-Fix Snacks To Have On The Go

If you need a snack that’s good for your weight loss effort but doesn’t take much effort to put together, there is a solution. Foods like berries take little to no preparation and are excellent for your body.

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Hydrate With A Healthy Drink

Drinking plenty of water is an important part of staying fit. Flavorsome drinks can play a dual role of filling you up and supplying you with fluids.

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