Lately in conversations with clients they’ve been all about what we eat, and want to hear what we recommend in the “healthy snacks to lose weight” category? So we decided to share our very favorite healthy snacks to lose weight – or to stay at a healthy weight! When in doubt, stick to the list and experience the results! We are creatures of habit and have a tendency to stick close to our favorite healthy snacks list on the reg.
Snacking is one of the most important things you will do in the day! So, get the healthy snacking right, and you will be beyond beside yourself with your results! AND, you will find it SO much easier to maintain your goal weight. Forever results baby!
We’re sharing our very favorite healthy snacks to lose weight. Healthy snacking can help you keep your hard-earned results forever!
Snacking: What’s The Big Deal?
Just like everyone else, we have been known to face cravings throughout the day. When we have our trusty roadmaps by our sides we can be more certain that we will stick to our roadmap and eat the foods that are best for us. Healthy snacking helps us regulate our blood sugar, thereby reducing cravings. It also helps us maintain a satisfied feeling, so we aren’t binge-eating during the day. Snacking and hydration will keep the binges away!
Our Go-To List of Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss:
1 // Eggs.
Hardboiled eggs are one of our favorite healthy snacking options. They’re inexpensive and easy to make ahead of time. They are a perfect protein and are filling, so they can satisfy cravings and give you energy.
We boil and peel the eggs and toss them in a container or resealable plastic bag. We might even get a little sassy and season them with salt and pepper inside that bag. Literally, grab and go!
Want to pair them with something else. Perfect! As you know, we believe in the Protein PLUS equation. Protein PLUS a complex carb for a well-rounded snack. Try slicing hard-boiled eggs and add sliced tomatoes or avocados on top. Sprinkle them with a little salt-free seasoning and voila! Gourmet snacking at its best!
2 // Precut vegetables.
No one wants to gnaw on an entire celery stick or eat a large bell pepper like an apple! Try chopped carrots, bell peppers, and celery. Also, consider having small pieces of broccoli or cauliflower. Wash and cut vegetables on the same day you buy them, for ultimate snack readiness.
You can store precut vegetables in bags or small plastic containers in the fridge. In a jam? Purchase precut veggies in the store, but you save money when preparing your own. The same goes for fruit wash and package berries, grapes, melons for easy grab and go.
3 // Granola.
Instead of buying granola in stores, we make their own version. We prefer homemade granola because we can control all the ingredients and balance the nutrients. Our base recipe can be found here. Modify as you see fit! Remember: A healthy granola mix includes carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Experiment with different nuts and seeds to create your favorite.
4 // Peanut butter.
Peanut butter provides protein and healthy fats that are filling. From adding peanut butter to smoothies to eating it directly from the jar, we include it as an essential part of our daily snacking. Peanut butter is life.
So, this is also the place where we allow some idulgence. We’ve done the whole organic peanut butter, natural peanut butter, stir the peanut butter thing. But here it is: Skippy, Jif or Peter Pan won’t be the end of the world. One tablespoon of Skippy goes a long way. Use self control, eat it with an apple or celery sticks and enjoy. Remember: this is healthy snacking for weight loss!
5 // Almonds.
Almonds also provide protein and healthy fats. A handful of almonds can stop cravings and provide an energy boost. Paired with a fruit or veggie, we are back at perfect snacking! Portion them out in small bags/containers so you don’t succumb to the siren song of the almonds. Stuff them into a bag or purse that you use during the day and snack on them whenever you get hungry or feel your energy waning. Healthy snacking is so beautiful.
6 // Emergency protein bars.
There are many brands of protein bars on the market, and we rely on them to fill in the gaps when they occur. We are believers in eating whole foods for snacking. Protein bars work because they can withstand long periods of time being hauled around at the bottom of the handbag, or gym bag or glove box. They can be high in calories, fat, sugar… so you need to watch out for all of that. Some taste like dirt and some are tasty. We find that IF you use protein bars sparingly the average person can withstand the occasional protein bar without incident. Make them a staple to your daily diet and you will have to adjust in other categories to accommodate the extra calories or macros.
Protein bars are personal. You’ll have to experiment and find one that you prefer. Focus on finding protein bars that are low in sugar and preservatives. We always want more protein than sugar…always!
- Pay attention to the ingredient lists on the back of the package. Try to avoid the ones that have ingredients you can’t pronounce or spell. Simple ingredients are healthier. The healthiest bars will also have a short list.
- You can also try baking your own energy or protein bars with healthy ingredients. We use our home made granola as a base for snack bars!
Healthy Snacking Is Fuel
The fuel you use for the body matters. Healthy snacking is a vital part of a successful nutrition and fitness plan. Remember Food is Fuel!