Best Snacks for Weight Loss
Eat more, weigh less
If you're sacrificing snacks to cut calories, stop—to lose weight, you need snacks. "Snacking is an opportunity to fuel your body between meals," says nutritionist Rania Batayneh, author of The One One One Diet. Healthy snacks ensure you won't be ravenous come mealtime and keep your fat-burning metabolism revved up. Here are 21 nutritionist-approved choices for both store-bought and make-your-own snacks. Each nosh packs 150 to 200 calories, is filled with good-for-you nutrients, and will make you feel like your diet is about anything but deprivation.
Snack suggestions provided by Batayneh, as well as Georgie Fear, RD, co-author of Racing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes for Athletes, and Gayl Canfield, RD, Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Longevity Center.
Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey
Grapes and walnuts
KIND Healthy Grains Bar
Wheat Thins and cottage cheese
Ips All Natural Egg White Chips
Mediterranean hummus tray
Arctic Zero frozen desserts
Oatmeal and blueberries
Banana with peanut butter
Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips
Popcorn, Indiana All-Natural Classic Popcorn
Apple slices with cheese
Cheerios and soynuts
Pear slices with almond butter
Krave turkey jerky and an orange
Spiced green tea smoothie
Some research has shown that an active ingredient in green tea, EGCG, may help you shed pounds. But when it comes to snacking, a cup of tea isn’t likely to quell your appetite. For a more filling option that still reaps all the fat-burning benefits of green tea, try this spiced smoothie. It contains a tasty blend of chilled green tea, lemon juice, agave, pear, plain yogurt, and a pinch of cayenne for some extra metabolism-boosting power.
Watch the video: Spiced Green Tea Smoothie
Try this recipe: Spiced Green Tea Smoothie
When hunger strikes, a hardboiled egg is a great grab-and-go snack. It’s high in protein, which will curb your appetite and keep you from reaching for something less-than-healthy. Plus it packs nutrients like vitamins D and B12, but only contains 77 calories. Simply prep a bunch of hard-boiled eggs at once, and store them in the fridge for a quick hunger fix.
Herby Edamame Dip With Buckwheat Crackers
If you’re craving chips and dip but don’t want to compromise your healthy diet, reach of some buckwheat crackers with herby edamame dip instead. Both buckwheat groats and edamame are packed with protein, making them an ideal option to help ward off hunger. Buckwheat groats also filled with nutrients like zinc, copper, manganese, and magnesium. Plus this dip is so creamy and flavorful, you’ll likely forget that it’s actually healthy.
Try this recipe: Herby Edamame Dip With Buckwheat Crackers