Welcome to Wellness Wednesday! It’s our mid-week wellness boost where we chat about all things related to well-being and self-care. Today we will be looking at some delicious healthy snacks for weight loss.
It’s no secret that I love food! If I’m not eating I’m usually daydreaming about my next snack or meal. When I was a teen I could eat anything and not put on any weight. As I have gotten older I know that if I give in to my love for cheese, dips, chips, crackers and all the delicious snacks. Then the kilos will start to hug me around the waist and I don’t need that kind of relationship!
Instead of depriving myself of delicious snacks I have embraced the concept of smart snacking. I’ve discovered some nutritious and satisfying options that I eat in moderation to satisfy my snack cravings and prevent unwanted weight gain. Here are some of my favourite weight loss-friendly snacks that I love and also have the approval of my family.
Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss
Greek Yoghurt Parfait
This sounds super fancy but it’s simply Greek yoghurt with a layer of berries and a drizzle of honey. This creamy sweet treat is loaded with protein to keep you feeling fuller for longer. It also has the added benefit of essential nutrients and it’s low in calories but high in deliciousness.
Nut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Replace the usual butter or margarine with almond or peanut butter, and spread it on some whole-grain bread. Add some banana slices for an amazing combination of healthy fats, protein and fibre.
Popcorn is a fantastic whole-grain snack and when you add your choice of seasonings it becomes a delicious healthy snack. It’s perfect for those times when you find that you are craving something savoury and satisfying. Some seasoning ideas include-
- Herb Seasoning: Sprinkle dried herbs such as basil, oregano, thyme or rosemary.
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper for a spicy kick
- Paprika: Both sweet and smoked will add some mild heat to your popcorn
- Cinnamon: For a sweet twist, lightly dust your popcorn with ground cinnamon.
- Lemon Pepper: A zesty combination of lemon and black pepper will give your popcorn a tangy and spicy flavour.
- Sea Salt: Good old sea salt enhances the natural taste of popcorn minus the calories.
- Soy Sauce (in moderation): A few drops of low-sodium soy sauce can give your popcorn a savoury burst.
If you are looking for a creamy savoury snack then why not go for avocado? Enjoy some avocado on its own for a simple and effective choice. You can also spread some avocado onto some rice cakes but avocado on its own is just as good if not better!
If you are craving the sweet and salty crunch of conventional snacks. Create your own trail mix with nuts, dried fruits, and a small amount of dark chocolate. This delicious mix will give you a satisfying balance of flavours and it’s a fantastic healthy snack that will support your weight loss efforts.
Veggie Sticks With Hummus
It can be hard to let go of those potato chips but veggie sticks are a much healthier and equally delicious snack alternative. Reach for some vibrant carrots, crisp cucumbers and colourful capsicums. Dip them in creamy hummus for a delicious and satisfying crunch packed with essential nutrients.
Apple Slices With Cottage Cheese
Say no to calorie-dense apple pastries and go for a plate of crisp apple slices with a dollop of cottage cheese. You will enjoy an amazing crunch sensation with a good dose of protein. It’s a perfect guilt-free option!
Blend fresh or frozen fruits with Greek yoghurt and low-fat or plant-based milk for a creamy nutrient-rich smoothie.
Dark Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Chocolate cravings can be a major hurdle in your weight loss journey, however here is a healthy option that almost seems too good to be true when it comes to healthy snacks for weight loss. Dip fresh strawberries in melted dark chocolate and let them cool in the fridge. This is a perfect sweet treat that won’t ruin your weight loss progress.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are protein-packed and conveniently portable. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper for added flavour.
Baked Apple Chips
Thinly slice apples, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake until they become crisp for a sweet low-calorie snack.
Roasted nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pistachios are deliciously satisfying heart-healthy snacks.
Opt for baked or air-fried potato chips or sweet potato chips as a lower-fat alternative to regular potato chips.
Enjoy whole fresh fruits like apples, berries, or citrus fruits as a sweet, natural alternative to sugary snacks.
Dark chocolate is perfect for satisfying a craving for a sweet treat. Go for a dark chocolate that is 70% or higher.