Energize your Weight Loss with these 10 Healthy Snacks. Find out which ten foods may help you lose weight while snacking. Eating a snack between meals helps curb your hunger so that you don’t inhale your meal when you finally sit down to eat. Snacking can also help you get all the nutrients you need.
On the flipside, grazing all day—particularly on foods with little nutritional value—may result in overeating and packing on extra pounds. These ten best snacks for losing weight are smart choices that can help you reach your weight loss goal.
Healthy Snacks #1. Almonds
One study found that people who chewed almonds thoroughly (up to 40 chews) felt full longer than those who chewed the same amount of nuts fewer times. Plus, almonds deliver filling fiber, protein and healthy fats.
Recipe to try: Dark Chocolate Trail Mix
Double, triple or quadruple this healthy trail mix recipe and keep it on hand for when you need a sweet snack.
Egg Free Soy-Free Gluten-Free High Fiber Vegetarian
- Two tablespoons whole almonds
- Four dried apricots
- Two teaspoons dark chocolate chips
Combine almonds, apricots and chocolate chips.
Healthy Snacks #2. Grapefruit
Grapefruit’s “diet food” reputation might be justified: one study found that when people ate grapefruit with each meal, they lost up to 3 1/2 pounds over three months. Grapefruit may help manage appetite by lowering insulin levels, say researchers.
Healthy Snacks #3. Chickpeas
Keep chickpeas in the pantry. They have a meaty texture and a nutty flavor along with plenty of satiating fiber and a little protein—perfect when you’re watching your weight. Try roasting them for a crunchy snack that packs up quickly.
Recipe to try: Spiced Chickpea “Nuts.”
When roasted in a hot oven, chickpeas become super crunchy. They’re a great low-fat substitute for nuts when salty cravings hit.
Gluten-Free High Fiber Low-Calorie Vegan Vegetarian
- One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
- One tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Two teaspoons ground cumin
- One teaspoon dried marjoram
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice, and salt. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice until browned and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.
Healthy Snacks #4. Grapes
Toss grapes in the freezer for an easy snack. Because they’re sweet and you savor them individually and slowly, you’ll get a lot of satisfaction for just a handful of calories.
Recipe to try: Frosted Grapes
The perfect summertime dessert, these frozen grapes are healthy mini-popsicles. Try freezing other fresh fruit, like raspberries, peach wedges or cubes of watermelon.
Diabetic Appropriate Gluten-Free Heart Healthy Low-Calorie Low Carbohydrate Low Fat Low Sodium Vegan
- 2 cups seedless grapes
Wash and pat dry grapes. Freeze 45 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes at room temperature before serving.
Healthy Snacks #5. Dark Chocolate
Believe it or not, giving yourself little treats may be the secret to losing weight—for good. Aiming to be “too good” sets you up to fail. If you like a glass of wine with dinner, make room for it. Prefer dessert? Skip the drink and go for a small chocolate treat instead. Losing weight doesn’t mean giving up the foods you love.
Recipe to try: Healthy Dark Chocolate “Puppy Chow.”
Crunchy, sweet, salty and healthy?! Yes, indeed. We gave this classic sweet treat, also called muddy buddies, a grown-up makeover using whole-grain cereal and dark chocolate. Dig in!
Egg Free Soy-Free Healthy Pregnancy High Fiber Low Sodium Vegetarian
- 5 cups whole-grain cereal squares
- 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup smooth natural peanut butter
- One tablespoon vanilla extract
- Two tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
Line a baking sheet with wax paper or a nonstick baking mat. Place cereal in a large bowl. Heat chocolate chips in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, frequently stirring until melted. Add peanut butter and stir to combine. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour the mixture over the cereal; gently stir until evenly coated. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened, about 30 minutes. Gently break the puppy chow into bite-size pieces. Place the confectioners’ sugar in a fine-mesh sieve and sprinkle over the mixture. Toss to coat.
Healthy Snacks #6. Popcorn
Popcorn is high in fiber, low in fat and delivers some protein. A 1-ounce serving (about 3 cups) of air-popped popcorn has 4 grams of fiber, almost 4 grams of protein, just over 1 gram of fat and clocks in at 110 calories. This combination makes it a snack with staying power.
Recipe to try: Lemon-Parm Popcorn
Perk up your popcorn with a bit of lemon pepper and Parmesan cheese.
Diabetic Appropriate Gluten-Free Heart Healthy Low-Calorie Low Carbohydrate Low Sodium Vegetarian
- Two teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
- Pinch of salt
- 3 cups air-popped popcorn
- One tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Whisk oil, lemon pepper and salt in a small bowl. Drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve immediately.
Healthy Snacks #7. Yogurt
Use snacks to fill nutritional gaps. Make them count. Choose those that provide calcium and fiber—two nutrients that people often skimp on. Yogurt with fruit delivers calcium and fiber, plus protein and gut-healthy probiotics.
Recipe to try: Yogurt Banana Sundae
Need a sweet treat for a snack or dessert? This healthy low-calorie recipe will satisfy your craving for a banana dessert (without the ice cream) and is ready in less than 5 minutes.
Egg Free Soy-Free Gluten-Free Vegetarian
- ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
- ¼ cup sliced banana
- ½ teaspoon sliced almonds
- ½ teaspoon dark chocolate chips
Spoon yogurt into a small bowl and top with banana, almonds and chocolate chips.
Healthy Snacks #8. Hummus
Skip the vending machine and satisfy the afternoon “munchies” with a healthy snack you packed at home. You’ll save money and get a bigger bang for your nutritional buck. Try cut up veggies and some hummus. Planning snacks that provide both carbohydrates and protein will help tide you over until dinner.
Recipe to try: Garlic Hummus
This classic hummus recipe couldn’t be easier—just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and whir away! Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) makes this healthy dip extra smooth and creamy. Serve with veggie chips, pita chips or crudités.
Dairy-Free Egg-Free Nut-Free Soy-Free Diabetic Appropriate Gluten-Free Heart Healthy
- 1 (15 ounces) can no-salt-added chickpeas
- 1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- One clove garlic
- One teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
Drain chickpeas, reserving ¼ cup of the liquid. Transfer the chickpeas and the reserved liquid to a food processor. Add tahini, oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Puree until very smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
Healthy Snacks #9. Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a complex carb, meaning it helps fill you up without spiking your blood sugar. Plus, it’s a good source of fiber and eating more fiber helps people lose weight and keep it off. While we think of it typically as breakfast, a small bowl of oats makes a hearty, filling and delicious snack. To make this snack more convenient—keep a packet or two of unsweetened instant oatmeal at your desk or make overnight oats in a mason jar.
Recipe to try: Creamy Blueberry-Pecan Overnight Oatmeal
In this no-cook overnight oatmeal recipe, just quickly reheat the oats in the morning and top with berries, maple syrup and pecans for a leisurely, on-the-go breakfast.
Gluten-Free Heart Healthy High Fiber Low-Calorie Low Sodium Vegetarian
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup water
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed
- Two tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- One tablespoon toasted chopped pecans
- Two teaspoons pure maple syrup
Combine oats, water, and salt in a jar or bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, heat if desired, and top with blueberries, yogurt, pecans, and syrup. People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.
Healthy Snacks #10. Dried Fruit
Dried fruit is a portable, healthy snack. Eating fruit helps with weight-loss because it’s packed with filling fiber (and essential vitamins and minerals). Look for fruit with no sugar or sweeteners added and pair dried fruit with nuts for a snack with a balance of healthy carbs and protein.
Recipe to try: Homemade Trail Mix
Try this with portable mix with any combination of dried fruits and nuts.
Dairy-Free Diabetic Appropriate Gluten-Free Heart Healthy High Fiber Low-Calorie Low Carbohydrate Low Sodium
- ¼ cup whole shelled (unpeeled) almonds
- ¼ cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup chopped pitted dates
- 2 ounces dried apricots, or other dried fruit
Combine almonds, peanuts, cranberries, dates, and apricots (or other fruit) in a medium bowl.
Make Ahead Tip: Store in plastic bags for up to 2 weeks at room temperature.
Final Thoughts on Healthy Snacks:
In choosing the ideal healthy snacks for you, there are no strict rules. You have to understand your body and tailor your snacks to that which suits you. All of these healthy snacks work perfectly with the body. They nourish the body and helps you lose weight more naturally.
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