7 Healthy Snacks to Help You Lose Weight
By Jeremiah Bailleu
Are you trying to lose weight, but not seeing the scale moved as easily as you’d hoped? You may be eating all the right foods at mealtime, but what about your snacking habits? A little bit here and a little bit there can add a lot to your daily fat and calorie intake, if you’re not eating the right snacks.
We get it, the days can be long and sometimes you need a pick-me-up between meals (and truthfully, eating the right snacks can actually help you lose weight). Here are a few ideas for healthy things that you can snack on during the day that will give you the energy boost you need without affecting your waistline.
Fresh fruit — Craving something sweet? Fruits are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Fruit has many benefits compared to refined sugar and is also an excellent source of fiber. Fiber is the reason sugar in fruit is different than refined sugar, it prevents the sugars from being rapidly broken down and stored. Most fruits are also filled with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Low-fat popcorn — Popcorn is high in fiber and low in calories, as long as it isn’t covered with butter and salt. Air-popped popcorn is filled with air that can help keep you feeling full longer. Not to mention it is only about 93 calories per serving!
Assorted nuts — Not only are nuts packed with protein but they’re also a great source of other nutrients like fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. We recommend that you buy them unsalted to keep the sodium content low. Major retailers like Sprouts, Tom Thumb, Kroger and Market Street sell a variety of different blends by the pound. This will allow you to get more bang for your buck rather than buying the small name brand bags.
Carrots — You may not be crazy about the taste of this root vegetable, but the health benefits of carrots are too much to deny. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins A and C, potassium and iron. Refrain from dunking your carrots in a fatty ranch dip and opt for Greek yogurt or hummus instead.
Low-fat yogurt — Yogurt contains good bacteria called probiotics that are healthy for your digestive tract. It also contains, protein, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Add a little texture by adding some freshly sliced strawberries and granola.
Dry cereal — Dry cereal can be a part of your healthy diet if you eat a controlled portion in between meals, depending on the type of cereal of course. Cereals like Cheerios, Kashi, Honey Bunches of Oats, or Total are low in calories and sugars but packed with fiber and whole grains, which help you feel fuller on fewer calories.
Water — Dehydration increases hunger and cravings. Most of the time when you feel like you are hungry, your body may actually be thirsty. If you are not drinking adequate amounts of water, then your portion controlled snack may not be able to fight off the hunger. Feeling tired is also a side effect of too little water in your system. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in water every day.
About the Author
Jeremiah is a Marketing/Advertising Coordinator at the Nicholson Clinic. He assists with patient support and customer care for Nicholson Clinic and ReLaunch Nutrition. Jeremiah started with Nicholson Clinic two years ago and recently received his degree in Marketing from the University of North Texas.