When you are making an effort to lose weight it can be difficult to find weight loss friendly snacks that work for you.
Generally snacking when you are trying to lose weight is a no-no. But weight loss should be about what you get to eat not what you don’t.
Hunger and deprivation is your enemy if you are trying to lose weight. Speaking from experience when you are hungry you tend to make bad choices in the food department.
Snacks, when you are trying to lose weight, don’t have to be tasteless, like cardboard and completely unsatisfying, in fact, it is better for you if they are not.
Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren’t just nutritious but also delicious!
They have to be nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way; foods that contain protein and/or fibre.
It’s true – nuts are quite high in calories and fat, but they are NOT fattening, unless you eat more than you need.
The nuts we are talking about are not sugar or honey-coated. Those probably are fattening.
Studies show that people who eat nuts tend to be healthier and leaner.
Nuts also contain protein and fibre, which means a small amount can go pretty far in terms of filling you up. You also get the bonus of added vitamins and minerals. Winning!
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!
Tip: Put a handful of unsalted/unsweetened nuts into a small container and throw it in your purse or bag.
2 Fresh Fruit
As with nuts, studies show that people who tend to eat more fruit, tend to be healthier.
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 fibre and good nutritional value with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And fresh fruit is low in calories.
Fibre 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 and pair that with a handful of nuts.
Low sugar fruits include – raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, grapefruit, watermelon and kiwifruit.
Tip: Can’t do fresh? Try frozen. Plus, they’re already chopped for you.
3 Chia seeds
This is one of my personal favourites…
Chia seeds are not only super high in fibre, but they also contain protein and omega-3 fatty acids. As well as antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium.
They also absorb a lot of liquid, so by soaking them for a few minutes in the milk of your choice, you can make a delicious pudding.
Tip: Put two tablespoons in a bowl with ½ cup of nut milk and wait a few minutes. Add in some berries, chopped fruit or nuts, and/or cinnamon and enjoy! This is a fantastic quick option you can make the night before and grab and go for breakfast the next day.
4 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 number of vitamins and minerals.
And 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!
Tip: Boil a bunch of eggs and keep them in your fridge for a super-quick (and nutritious) snack!
I love them on one of the Minute Muffins that I make.
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 fibre and water to help fill you up, as well as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
You can easily open a bag of baby carrots and/or cherry tomatoes and give them a quick rinse (they’re already bite-sized).
Tip: Use a bit of dip. Have you put almond butter on celery? How about trying my new hummus recipe below?
Go ahead and try one, or more, of these healthy weight loss friendly snacks. Prepare them the night before if you need to. They will not be “tasteless,” like “cardboard,” or “completely unsatisfying.” Trust me.
Recipe (Vegetable Dip): Hummus
Makes about 2 cups
- 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained & rinsed
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to thin it out with a bit of water, so add it 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time and blend.
Serve & enjoy!
Tip: Don’t like sesame? Use an avocado in place of the tahini, and olive oil in place of the sesame oil.