Trying to lose weight? It can be a bit tricky to figure out what to eat when trying to shed pounds.And it’s quite a hurdle when you need to check calories every time you snack. In this article, we’ll be talking about 11 healthy snacks that can help you lose weight.
Should you be eating red bell peppers with guacamole? What about celery sticks and cream cheese? Is blue cheese the right dip for baby carrots?
We’ll be talking about all of these AND more…
1. Red bell pepper with guacamole
Bell peppers are generally pretty healthy, but red bell peppers are the real winners! They’re particularly high in antioxidants, which ensure you stay young and healthy for a really long time. Red bell peppers are also high in vitamin C. In fact, just one large red bell pepper will meet 300% of your daily vitamin C needs.
You can add bell peppers to your salad. Pair it with guacamole for a healthy weight loss snack. You will get healthy fat and fibers without excess calories. This snack is well below 200 calories if you eat one red bell pepper with 3 ounces of guacamole.
Do you like eating bell pepper? Which one is your favorite? Green, yellow, or red? Share your preferences with the Bestie community in the comments below.
2. Greek yogurt with berries
Yogurt is great for your digestive system and weight loss plans. Especially Greek yogurt. It’s high in protein, which keeps you full for longer periods of time. This way you won’t end up overeating, or with hunger pangs. This is why all weight loss diet plans focus on getting you enough protein. But this doesn’t mean you have to get bored eating just Greek yogurt.
Make nutrition filled snack by adding berries to your Greek yogurt. Scores high on both taste AND nutrition. 100 grams of full-fat Greek yogurt, along with half a cup of mixed berries packs quite a punch. I’m talking about 10 grams of protein with around 150 calories. Ain’t that a win-win?
3. Mixed nuts
Nuts are great for your health. They’re filled with nutrition and make for an awesome snack. Just a handful of nuts will keep you full. You will get the perfect balance of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Don’t let the words “healthy fats” scare you. They’re really important for your body.
Studies have revealed that eating nuts in moderation can help you lose weight. You don’t even need to refrigerate nuts. Just take them with you as you head out. Wondering what nuts should you be eating? How about reaching out for walnuts, macadamia nuts, and pistachios?
4. Cottage cheese with cinnamon and flax seeds
Bored of the usual snacks? Try cottage cheese with cinnamon and flax seeds for a delicious, weight-loss-friendly
snack. Cottage cheese is high in protein and keeps you full for longer. It has a particular type of fatty acid that provides numerous health benefits.
Flax seeds and cinnamon are good for weight loss as they lower blood sugar. Wondering how you prepare this healthy snack? It’s pretty simple. Mix half a cup of cottage cheese with one tablespoon of flaxseed and half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. You can add a pinch of black salt and pepper powder for taste.
5. Apple slices with peanut butter
Peanut butter sandwiches are delicious. But being on a weight loss mission means you have to be careful of what you eat. So does this mean no peanut butter sandwiches? Well, yes AND no! Peanut butter is still IN. Just replace bread with apple slices.
And there you have a healthy weight loss friendly snack.
High on nutrition and low on calories. 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with a medium-sized apple is under 200 calories. Apples are high in fiber and antioxidants. They are proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve your gut health. Peanut butter when eaten in moderation reduces bad cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing the good cholesterol in your body.
So go grab an apple and spread a tablespoon of peanut butter on its slices. Before we move ahead, here’s another video you might like to watch. Check out 50 foods you need to stop eating immediately if you’re trying to lose weight.
6. Kale chips
Looking for crispy snacks to munch on while you watch Netflix? Wafers and fries are delicious, but they’re the worst food you can eat while trying to lose weight. Nope, you don’t need to give up on the idea of crispy snacks. Kale chips are delicious, healthy, AND WEIGHT LOSS-FRIENDLY. Kale is a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Not just this, you get loads and loads of antioxidants from kale.
These antioxidants are super great for your health. As they reduce your risk of getting colon cancer and help decrease blood pressure.
Wondering how to make lip-smackingly delicious kale chips? Take about a cup of bite-sized kale leaves. Drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil on them. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper. I love spicy foods, so I also add a bit of paprika. Mix all of them well. Now lay kale pieces on parchment paper. Bake these kale pieces at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Keep checking in between. Kale chips burn easily. After this, your delicious kale chips are ready to eat. Serve them with healthy dressings.
7. Celery sticks with cream cheese
In the mood for a low-carb snack that satisfies your hunger pangs? It’s time you pick up some celery sticks. No, you don’t have to chomp on raw sticks like a rabbit. Eat them with cream cheese! Celery sticks with cream cheese are nutritious and weight loss-friendly.
Cheese is not your enemy as long as you practice portion control. Five celery sticks with two ounces of cream cheese give you under 200 calories. And of course, this snack comes with lots of nutrition. Thanks to antioxidant-packed celery and cheese loaded with healthy fats!
8. Cucumber slices with hummus
Bored of eating plain old cucumber salad? Here’s a twist that will make things interesting for you. Pair cucumber slices with hummus and let your taste buds freshen up. Cucumber is rich in fiber, hydrates your body, and provides you with lots of nutrients. In fact, cucumber has something that’s known to fight cancer.
It fills you up without giving you additional calorie loads. And then comes another winner in the form of delicious hummus. It’s made from chickpeas, olive oil, and garlic. All of these ingredients offer healthy fats, fiber, and reduce inflammation in the body. What are you even waiting for? Chop up some cucumber, dip those slices in hummus and enjoy!
9. Dark chocolate with almonds
This makes for a really tasty snack. Did I mention it’s weight loss friendly as well? I was just as surprised as you when I learned that dark chocolate isn’t so bad. Dark chocolate has antioxidants that lower your blood pressure. It reduces your risk of heart disease thanks to the presence of cocoa.
Just make sure you choose dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa solids. Almonds are loaded with heart-healthy, monounsaturated fats. They help control your blood sugar levels. Besides this, there have been numerous studies showing that almonds reduce appetite and help weight loss.
10. Boiled eggs
There’s nothing much to say here other than hard-boiled eggs are one of the HEALTHIEST foods you can eat. This should be your top choice for snacking if you’re trying to lose weight. Boiled eggs offer you lots of protein without excess calories. They’re incredibly filling and will prevent overeating. Two hard-boiled eggs give you just 140 calories and 13 grams of protein. Baby carrots with blue cheese Do you love eating cheese? Well, there’s no reason to totally stop enjoying it. Even when you’re losing weight. And in case the idea of eating celery sticks with cream cheese didn’t appeal to you, here’s another winner…
11. Baby carrots with blue cheese
Do you love eating cheese? Well, there’s no reason to totally stop enjoying it. Even when you’re losing weight. And in case the idea of eating celery sticks with cream cheese didn’t appeal to you, here’s another winner… Baby carrots with blue cheese dressing Come on, you can’t say no to this snack. It has everything you need in a weight-loss-friendly snack. Nutrition, antioxidants, and plenty of other awesome benefits.
What more can you ask for? Carrots are the best source of a particular type of antioxidant that reduces your risk of heart disease, cataracts and cancer. When you pair carrots with blue cheese dressing, you increase absorption of the particular antioxidant we just talked about. Healthy fats present in cheese are responsible for faster and better absorption. 100 grams of baby carrots paired with two tablespoons of blue cheese dressing gives about 200 calories.
Definitely a winner. What you eat is just one part of your weight loss journey. The other part is exercising. You need to adopt both healthy eating AND regular workouts in order to lose weight in a healthy way.
Do you eat any of these healthy snacks regularly?
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