Top 10 Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss
Fruit and milk
Just about any fruit is going to make a healthy snack for weight loss, but try drinking a glass of milk with your fruit snack to give you some protein too. The protein in milk will make you feel less hungry for longer and provide you with a more sustained energy boost.
Fruit and oatmeal
Many say that oatmeal makes an excellent breakfast, but did you know that oatmeal can also be a wonderful snack? Boil some water (or milk) and pour it into the bowl with oats, wait for 5-10 minutes, add fruit slices, berries, nuts and honey. Only make sure to keep your portion quite small, especially if you want to lose weight. This quick and easy snack will fuel you up with energy and will help you fill full for longer.
Peanut Butter and Banana
When the craving for a peanut butter cookie comes over you, try this healthy alternative instead: smear a small amount of peanut butter onto slices of banana and you get a great tasting snack that’s relatively low in calories and high in slow release protein too.
Plain, low fat or light yoghurt makes another great snack on the go. Add some fresh fruit of your own or some low fat granola for another high protein, low calorie snack.
Dried fruit and nut mix
The combination of nuts and dried fruit in a trail mix make it tasty and brings you the needed carbohydrates with a small number of calories. Try and avoid the ones with chocolate chips in and those that contain sesame sticks or dried banana which may contain hydrogenated oils. Mix almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds (and other nuts you can find) with dried figs, apricots, raisins and cranberries, and enjoy a healthy, nutritious snack that will boost your energy levels and make you feel full.
Raw vegetables are also included in our list of healthy snacks for weight loss. Get your veg on the go with raw carrots, celery sticks or make up a salad of raw veggies and dress with a low fat salad dressing.
Mozzarella and tomato
Mozzarella and tomato – perfect snack à l’italienne! Slice up one or two tomatoes, add slices of mozzarella and top it with some olive oil, sea salt and basil. Yummy!
Pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamins, nutrients, magnesium and zinc; roast them at home or buy already roasted version and chew them when you feel hungry.
Strawberries and whipped cream
Strawberries and whipped cream (or simply a plan yogurt) make another healthy snack on the go. Just mix the two together and add a little bit of honey. Rich in vitamin C, strawberries will give you an instant energy boost on the go
For a ready made and conveniently packaged snack, just visit your local health store for a wide range of high protein, low fat snack bars. Watch out for some of the big brand ‘health bars’ – they may not be as healthy as they first appear, that’s why it’s important to check the other side of the package.