I want to share 5 simple weight loss snacks with you today that you can have any time, toss in your bag in the morning, keep at the office and you can even keep a couple in your car.
I know frequently people associate a “diet” (no I don’t like that word) or weight loss with the word snack(s). Most of the time when I hear people talk about snacks they automatically say “carrots and celery sticks” or may even mention a grainy protein bar. Then they go on to tell me how their snacks really don’t fill them up.
Well, I’m telling ya snacks don’t have to taste like cardboard or be completely unsatisfying.
So, let me give you 5 simple weight-loss snacks that are nutritious, delicious and will keep the hunger at bay until it’s time for your next meal!
I do have criteria for my snacks though. What’s my criteria you ask?
I want my snacks to be nutrient-dense whole foods, so a little goes a long way. The foods I pick are whole foods that usually contain protein and/or fiber. Both of these help with the fullness factor 😉
The first of the 5 Simple Weight Loss Snacks I give you is nuts.
It’s true, nuts contain calories and fat, but fat doesn’t make you fat! Now, I’m Not telling you it’s ok to eat an entire jar of nuts or nut butter, but just know healthy fats are OK to consume!
One thing about nuts though. I’m not talking about the “honey roasted” ones or the ones coated with tons of other things (including artificial sweeteners). I’m referring to the raw, unroasted, unsalted ones.
SIDE NOTE: Did you know if you eat roasted & salted ones you’ll eat more & they’re roasted at such a high heat it damages the good oils? If you want roasted nuts, buy the raw ones & roast them at the lowest temp your oven will go. Keep an eye on them & you get to decide how deep of a roasted flavor you want. Yay!!!
By the way, nuts also contain both protein and fiber, which means a small amount can go pretty far in terms of filling you up. Plus, you’ll be getting vitamins and minerals when you eat them.
One thing you may not know is studies show people who eat nuts tend to be healthier and leaner. In addition, almonds have been shown to help with weight loss. At least 10% of the fat in nuts is not absorbed by the body (say what?!). While I’m blowing your mind, might as well tell you almonds can also help the health of your metabolism!
So, now you may be convinced nuts may not be so bad to have as a snack. Just remember don’t go overboard!
Tip: Put a closed handful of raw nuts into a small container and toss it in your purse or bag in case of emergencies!
Next up is probably one of the 5 Simple Weight-Loss Snacks you don’t have problems consuming. Studies show people who eat fruit tend to be healthier, just like with nuts. (I’m sure you’re not too surprised about this one though!)
Yes, fresh fruit contains sugar, but whole fruits (I’m not talking juice or sweetened dried fruit) are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and fiber. Plus, they’re full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which are all great for your health.
Fiber is something that not only helps fill you up (fruit has a high fullness factor, which means satisfying your hunger with fewer calories) but also helps slow the release of the fruit sugar into your bloodstream and reduce the notorious “blood sugar spike” that causes the Hangry Monster to come out!
So, in my book fruit becomes a Win-Win situation!
Try a variety of fruits (apples, pears, berries, etc.) and pair it with a few nuts (~10).
Tip: Can’t get your hands on fresh or it goes bad too quickly? Try frozen. They’ve already been washed & prepared for you.
Out of the 5 simple weight loss snacks, this is one of my personal favorites.
Chia is not only high in fiber (I mean HIGH in fiber), but it also contains protein and omega-3 fatty acids (yes THOSE omega-3s that are sooo good for you!). Plus, they contain antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium.
Can you see how awesome these tiny guys are?
They also absorb a lot of liquid. So, by soaking them for a few minutes, they make a thick pudding kinda like tapioca (that’s delicious and fills you up).
Tip: Put two tablespoons in a bowl with ½ cup of plant-based milk and wait at least 5 min. (You might want to stir/whisk it for a few seconds to make sure the clumps are broken up.) Then add in some berries, chopped fruit or nuts, and/or cinnamon and enjoy!
BOILED OR POACHED EGGS
Eggs are packed with nutrition and did you know that most of it is in the yolk? They also contain high-quality protein and a good amount of vitamins and minerals. Another thing is they are super convenient & very filling!
Can you see why this is one of the 5 simple weight loss snacks?
Plus, recent research shows the cholesterol in the yolks is NOT associated with high cholesterol or heart disease risk.
Yup, you read that right!
(If you want to read about more cholesterol myths, check out THIS article.)
Tip: Boil a bunch of eggs and keep them in your fridge for a super-quick (and nutritious) snack! If you want to avoid the sulfur smell in public, peel them before you pack them up!!
I don’t think I need to tell why vegetables are included in my 5 simple weight loss snacks.
You should already know how great these are for you, but I’m going to sell you on the delicious “snackability” of these nutrition powerhouses.
Veggies contain fiber and water to help fill you up, and you don’t need me to tell you about their vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, right?
It’s so easy to open a bag full of baby carrots and/or cherry tomatoes (they’re already bite-sized too!). You don’t have to limit it to those veggies though. Some others that are great to snack on are celery, a variety of bell peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, etc.
Tip: If you can’t stomach veggies, use a bit of dip. Almond butter on celery is great, or you can try my new hummus recipe below!
Go ahead and try these 5 simple weight loss snacks to keep your “hangry” at bay & do your waistline some good. I always like to prepare them the night before to keep the mornings simple. They’re not “tasteless,” like “cardboard,” or “completely unsatisfying.” Trust me!
While you’re at it, if you haven’t grabbed my 10 Unconventional Ways to Speed Up Your Weight Loss, you can get it HERE to see what else can help with your weight loss!
- 1 can chickpeas garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
- ⅓ 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!
Don’t like sesame? Use an avocado in place of the tahini, and olive oil in place of the sesame oil.