Snacking and weight loss might not seem like a logical pair, but the truth is, if you’re trying to lose weight, snacking can be a useful tool. Eating something every few hours keeps your metabolism working properly, keeps you full and evens your blood sugar.
In fact, researchers found that those who added high-protein, low-sugar snacks to their diets lost significantly more weight than those who didn’t.
If you’re trying to shed a few pounds [LINK to BMI LP], these tasty snacks for weight loss may be just the ticket for your diet.
Although they’re high in fat, nuts are full of protein, healthy fats and fiber, which can keep you full longer and give your body the nutrients it needs to function at its best. Add a few handfuls to some oatmeal, a salad or simply throw a packet in your bag for later.
Vegetables and Guacamole
Like nuts, guacamole contains plenty of healthy fats and fiber. And vegetables like bell peppers and broccoli give you loads of vitamin C.
Greek Yogurt and Berries
Thicker than other yogurt, Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and berries are full of antioxidants, making this a perfect nutrient-dense snack.
Just 1 cup of these beans gives you one-third of your daily fiber and protein. Sprinkle some on salads or munch on them by the handful. Or eat them straight from the shell. Researchers found that eating edamame from the shells makes you think you’ve eaten more than you have.
Bananas or Apples and Peanut Butter
Pairing peanut butter with these fruits makes a classic snack. The carbohydrates in the banana combined with the protein in peanut butter give you an energy boost and help you feel fuller longer. The fiber found in apples coupled with the peanut butter also will help keep you fuller longer. Choose one or both fruits for a sweet treat.
Vegetables and Hummus
Made with olive oil, garlic and chickpeas, hummus is full of healthy fats and protein. Dip a variety of vegetables to give this snack some crunch and extra vitamins.
A Bun-less Sandwich
Try some sliced turkey breast rolled up with bell pepper slices and mustard for a tasty, high-protein, low-fat portable snack (or lunch).
The next time you’re feeling hunger pangs, reach for one of these healthy, nutrient-dense snacks to help you stay on track.