5 Snacks to Keep on Hand If You’re Trying to Lose Weight

· March 30, 2018
Discover some of the best snacks that you can have on hand for when you start to get a little hungry. Snacking between meals can become our worst enemy when we're trying to lose weight.

In fact, we recommend eating satisfying and energizing snacks that help keep your metabolism going.

Below, we’d like to share 5 snack options that you’ll want to have on hand.

 

1. Yogurt and nuts

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Natural low-fat yogurt paired with some nuts is a simple and healthy recipe for snacking in between mealtimes.

This snack is an important source of fatty acids, amino acids and probiotics. Once in the body, they help improve metabolism and digestive health.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of natural low-fat yogurt.
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts.

Preparation

  • Spoon the yogurt into a small bowl and combine it with the chopped nuts.

Best time to enjoy it

  • Enjoy this snack in the mid-morning or afternoon.

Also see : 10 Incredible Properties of Nuts

2. Banana and almond milk smoothie

This delicious recipe stands out as a snack because it doesn’t only help stop us from getting antsy from hunger, but it’s also energizing and ideal for powering through that mid-morning tiredness.

Ingredients

  • A ripe banana.
  • 1 cup of almond milk.
  • 1 tablespoon of honey.

Preparation

  • Cut the ripe banana into pieces and blend it in a food processor with the almond milk.
  • Once the mix is homogeneous, sweeten with the honey.

Best time to enjoy it

  • Enjoy this snack in the mid-morning or when you feel like eating something.
  • If you prefer, prepare it as a snack for the mid-afternoon.

3. Roasted chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas

Though it might not be as popular of a snack as the previously mentioned, roasted chickpeas are a great option for calming hunger without having to consume more calories than necessary.

This snack contains a good dose of omega 3, amino acids and antioxidants that help in weight loss as well as in taking care of the body.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ cup of chickpeas
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Cayenne pepper (to taste)

Preparation

  • Oil a baking sheet.
  • Afterwards, spread out the chickpeas evenly.
  • Bake them at 450ºF until they’re crunchy.
  • When they’re the right texture, sprinkle them with some salt and cayenne pepper.

Best time to enjoy it

Take them with your to work and enjoy them in the mid-morning.

Also read: 6 Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4. Berries with cottage cheese

This peculiar and delicious combination of ingredients can provide us with a considerable amount of valuable proteins and antioxidant compounds.

Cottage cheese is a low-fat cheese that pairs nicely with fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and cranberries thanks to its flavor.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of berries
  • 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese

Preparation

  • Wash the berries well, strain them and combine them with the cottage cheese.

Best time to enjoy it

In the morning, 2 hours or so after breakfast. Or, you can also enjoy them as an afternoon snack.

5. Apple with peanut butter

Apple with peanut butter

Apple paired with the nutty flavor of peanut butter just might become our favorite snack for taming our hunger in between meals.

This fruit is low in calories and, thanks to its fiber content, it’s filling and digestible. However, you should watch your peanut butter portions as it has a high fat content.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

Preparation

  • Wash the apple and cut into various slices.
  • Try to keep the skin on for its fiber content.
  • After, take the peanut butter and spread a small amount onto each slice.

Best time to enjoy it

Eat the apple slices when you start feeling hungry.

Want to try these healthy snacks at home? If you’re trying to slim down and feel antsy between your main meals, don’t think twice about treating your palate to these great snacks.

Keep in mind that if you don’t want to gain weight, you should eat everything in moderation. Remember that excess isn’t good for your health.