10 Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss
If you want to lose weight but can’t imagine giving up snacking, here’s some good news: You don’t have to. In fact, the right snacks may help you reach your ideal weight by keeping your appetite in check so that you don’t overeat at your main meals.
These eats are all good for your heart as well:
- Banana with peanut butter – This tasty snack is a favorite of nutritionists for a reason: The combo of fiber (in the fruit) and protein (in the peanut butter) will keep you full for hours. Don’t like bananas? Grab an apple instead.
- Un-fried mozzarella stick – Dip 1 part-skim mozzarella stick in ¼ cup warmed marinara sauce. Enjoy with a flavored sparkling water instead of your usual soda for a feel-good nibble that actually boosts your health.
- Kale chips – Toss kale chips with olive oil until lightly coated, then season with salt and pepper (add paprika or garlic powder if you like an extra kick). Arrange on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes (or until crispy).
- Guacamole with veggie slices – Dunk veggie slices like carrot, celery or red pepper into the guac for a fulfilling bite between meals.
- “Spaghetti” squash – Craving for pasta? For a healthier take on what can be a high-cal dish, put squash through a spiralizer, then sauté with garlic until soft. The thin ribbons pair perfectly with tomato sauce (choose a low-sodium brand to help your heart) for a spaghetti-esque snack that will tame hunger and satisfy taste buds.
- Zucchini chips – Toss the thinly sliced zuchinni with olive oil and seasoning and then bake until crunchy.
- Unsalted nuts – Research has found that snacking on nuts boosts your chance of eating less later in the day, thanks to satiating fiber and healthy fats.
- Portion-controlled packs – Choose foods that are already divvied out into a healthy portion.
- Raw veggies – On the Challenge, the women had the green light to dig into veggies whenever they wanted.
- Water – Okay, so it’s not food, but research shows that thirst can masquerade itself as hunger. If you’re craving a snack, reach for a glass of H20 first and see if it squashes your drive to munch.