We all want to start summer looking and feeling our best.
With holidays planned and the desire to feel confident in swimwear, this is usually the time of year that we decide to cut down on binge eating and sugary snacks, in exchange for some healthier choices.
But dieting and being conscious of what we’re eating doesn’t have to mean that we just sit eating kale all day.
You can still enjoy some really delicious foods whilst sticking to your diet plan, and today I wanted to share with you my top snacks for summer which are tasty and refreshing, whilst being low in calories and supporting weight loss.
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15 Snacks To Help You Lose Weight For Summer
The pinnacle beverage of summertime! If you’re looking for something other than water to enjoy during summer, then try sipping on homemade iced tea! Tea has a tonne of health benefits including providing antioxidants, promoting heart health, reducing cancer risk and more.
Some people like their iced tea plain, but if you’re looking for a sweetener then try adding lemon or fruit juice, honey or spices such as cardamom, star anise or vanilla. I really love this Raspberry Iced Tea recipe by Eating On A Dime.
Pineapple is proven to aid digestion, reduce swelling and provide unique vitamins and minerals which can’t be found in any other food on earth – all whist being fairly low in calories!
Pineapple can be enjoyed as a sweet snack by itself, in a fruit salad or blended as a smoothie. Snacking on succulent fruits can help those with a sweet tooth resist reaching for the sweets and chocolate when they have cravings.
A Handful Of Berries
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.
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.
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.
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 yogurts.
If you’re looking for something more filling as a snack between meals, then give lettuce wraps a try! Lower in calories as you’re sacrificing the doughy wholemeal wraps, lettuce wraps are super versatile and you can use whatever you want as the filling; chicken, chili, beans, tofu…. I love this peanut chicken recipe by Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
The crispy lettuce shell will add some extra crunch to make this feel like a super yummy treat meal when it’s really just as healthy for you as any other diet food.
If you’re looking for something ‘naughtier’ to snack on in the evenings or whilst you’re at the cinema, then popcorn will be your best friend.
Low in calories and a naturally produced grain, popcorn is actually full of vitamins and minerals so you can have as much as you like without feeling guilty.
Just be careful to choose plain or very lightly salted or sweetened as this is where the health benefits of popcorn can be counteracted. Stay away from movie theatre popcorn and bring your own instead for a healthy alternative.
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
Prawns (and all other seafood for that matter) are one of the best things to consume when you’re trying to lose weight whilst also enjoying something yummy. The high protein and low-fat content of seafood makes it a great choice for picking on throughout the day.
Prawn cocktail is a super satisfying meal whilst only serving around 150 calories in a 50g homemade portion.
Peaches will satisfy your craving for something sweet without leaving the evidence on your waistline.
Peaches offer antioxidants, aid digestion, improve skin hair and nail health and can be easily added to your diet in a number of ways. Enjoy them on their own, sprinkled into fruit salads, with yoghurt, in a smoothie, or even try this Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches recipe if you really want to push the boat out!
If you’re looking for a desert like feel without the sugar and calories, then try snacking on frozen grapes. Grapes offer a sweet, candy-like taste and freezing them will add that crunch that many people crave.
Grapes are low in calories and high in fibre and potassium which are both essential for maintaining a healthy body weight.
Sugar Snap Peas
Crispy sugar snap peas are one of those things that you could snack on literally all day and it won’t make you put on weight.
Packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals and surprisingly, protein, these tiny little miracle foods offer a whole host of health benefits whilst giving you a guilt free crunch that you can enjoy as much as you want.
Trail mix is a great way to enjoy something crunchy and sweet, whilst not having to feel guilty.
Nuts and seeds are high in protein which is important to succeed in your weight loss journey. Just be careful with portion size with this one as snacking on trail mix in excess can actually cause weight gain. A handful a day is more than enough.
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!
To Finish Off…
I hope this post helped you discover some new ideas for tasty foods which you can snack on whilst trying to lose weight.
Let me know in the comments below what’s your favourite dieting snack and make sure to check back here soon for more lifestyle, weight loss and fitness tips!