I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that sticking to a diet is made most difficult by finding healthy but tasty foods to snack on in between meals. You can choose healthy options when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner but if you then end up binging on crisps and chocolate then you are going to undo all that good.
So today I have some delicious snack ideas that will keep you from getting hungry in between meals and will help you curb the temptation to reach for those naughty foods.
17 Tasty Weight Loss Snacks You Will Love!
Berries are a powerful antioxidant and can help reduce bloating and digestive issues. They are also great for hair, skin and nails as they contain so many different vitamins and minerals. A handful of berries over porridge, with some low-fat yoghurt or just on their own will make for a delicious sweet treat.
Cottage cheese gives you the satisfaction of fulfilling that dairy craving many of us are familiar with, while also being a great source of protein and calcium. Calcium is essential for bone health and will help you to dodge Osteoporosis and Arthritis later in life. Try cottage cheese in a salad, served with ham or turkey slices or just on its own topped with your favourite herbs and spices such as chives or chilli flakes.
ALMONDS AND CASHEWS
Almonds and cashew nuts are a great source of vitamins, fibre and protein. Particularly if you are following a vegan or vegetarian diet, a handful of nuts whenever you are a bit peckish will give you a nice boost of much needed protein. Nuts are also a great source of healthy fats that our body needs so don’t be scared to enjoy in generous portions.
CARROTS AND CELERY
Carrots and celery are not only packed with healthy nutrients, but they both also have a high water content which will keep your body hydrated, and will help you feel fuller for longer. Try you veggie sticks dipped into hummus, salsa or guacamole for great finger food!
Bananas are packed with potassium and magnesium which are important for a healthy heart, blood pressure and overall health. Reach for a banana on its own as a snack, sliced and topped over porridge or toast or served with some of your favourite low-fat yoghurt.
CHERRY TOMATOES AND FETA
Cheese and tomato – the golden combination! This ever popular snack is wonderfully tasty and can actually be looked forward to by dieters. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins and minerals, while feta cheese offers a protein and calcium boost throughout the day. Try this combination in a salad or pasta dish, or just on its own with some olive oil for something more quick and simple.
Avocados are widely considered a superfood as they are bursting with vitamins C, E, K, B66, magnesium, and potassium. They also contain lutein and omega-3 fatty acids making them an excellent food to help maintain heart health, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, healthy digestion and can lower the risk of cancer. Try avocado on its own, in a salad, in your favourite pasta dish, or topped over toast or rice cakes.
Due to their versatility and nutritious value, rice cakes have long been one of the most popular foods out there among dieters. They are lower in calories than bread making them a great breakfast choice and can be served with peanut butter, smashed avocado, eggs and hollandaise sauce just to name a few ideas!
Chocolate is not a bad word for dieters. In fact, chocolate contains a whole range of health promoting properties such as providing the body with antioxidants, reducing heart disease and stroke risk, improving brain function, reducing blood pressure, moderating cholesterol levels. Plus, if all that didn’t convince you, chocolate contains a chemical known as Phenylethylamine which is the chemical our brain naturally creates when we feel as though we are falling in love! Chocolate releases endorphins in the body and literally makes you happy – its science!
NATURAL OR GREEK YOGHURT
Probiotics naturally found in yoghurt make it a great choice for healthy digestion and reducing bloating and other gut issues. Make sure to go for the natural or Greek kind as many other ‘fruity’ yogurts can be deceivingly high in sugar actually leading to weight gain rather than loss!
Eggs are a fantastic protein source and considering their versatility, it’s no wonder they are such a staple in the diet of many health-conscious men and women. Eggs are also a great source of vitamin D, B6, B12 and zinc and iron. Enjoy yours poached, boiled scrambled, lightly fried or scrambled at any time during the day!
Hummus has long been a favourite for vegetarians as it’s extremely high in protein and fibre. Fibre-rich foods help maintain a healthy gut and reduce digestive issues and can also help us in feeling fuller for longer. Hummus is a wonderful option for people with allergies or on a vegan or vegetarian diet as it is plant based, gluten free, nut free and dairy free
While olives tend to encourage a love-it or hate-it reaction among most people, there is zero debate to be had over their health benefits. Another powerful antioxidant, which are excellent for clear skin and healthy hair, as well as reducing the risk of strokes, cancer and heart attacks. They’re super low in calories, averaging at 7 calories each, and it’s believed that the body burns more calories in digesting a single olive that it actually contains!
Seafood isn’t always the first thing you might think of when you are looking for healthy snacks to enjoy, however, there is no reason that seafood has to only be eaten as part of a full meal. The high protein and low-fat content of seafood makes it a great choice for picking on throughout the day. Try shrimp, mussels or crayfish as a snack on their own or paired with your favourite dipping sauce.
Melon is not only deliciously sweet, making it a wonderful choice for those who struggle to curb their sweet tooth, but it also has a super high water content making it very hydrating and beneficial to our hair, skin and nails. Melon is also known to aid digestion and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Food trends have risen and fallen for as long as time. Edamame, however, found its way into mainstream demand about seven years ago, and it looks like this one is here to stay! It’s no wonder why when you consider that the vegetable is an excellent source of plant based protein and fibre, as well as being another food on this list that promotes heart health, healthy cholesterol and reduces blood pressure.
Smoothies have and always will be a staple when it comes to dieting foods. The high nutrient content in a wide range of fruits and vegetables that can be used in your smoothies makes them exceptionally healthy.
Additionally, you can use smoothies to mask the flavour of other health-boosting ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, garlic etc. Smoothies make a great breakfast or afternoon snack choice as they are very filling and the sweetness offers that pick-me-up that we often crave at that time of day.
To Finish Off…
I hope you found something in this list that you can enjoy as a snack in your own diet. If you have any snacks that you like to reach for when you are trying to maintain a healthy diet then I would love for you to let me know in the comments as I am always looking to try new foods!