A proper snack offers both balanced nutrition and a little satisfaction until your next meal. The snacks you choose when you are trying to slim down might look a little different than when you’re in “maintenance mode” though.
When you want to lose body fat, the goal should not necessarily be to eat as little as possible though. Skipping a snack altogether is probably not in your best interest. Usually, skipping snacks results in feeling even hungrier later and potentially leads to overeating at night.
Choose a filling snack that gives you a good bang-for-your-buck in terms of calories and satisfaction. Remember, eating something now can pay off in decreased hunger and lower cravings later.
Hummus is made with a combination of chickpeas and tahini—or sesame seed paste—for a heart-healthy combination of healthy fats and fiber. This combo will boost your energy levels for the rest of the day.
Pair with some cut-up veggies, whole grain crackers, or try the new chocolate hummus flavors with some fruit!
Somewhere along the line, popcorn got a bad rep, and we don’t know why! This snack delivers a serving of whole grains and packs a high fiber punch that will keep you full for a while.
Choose air-popped popcorn instead of the butter-laden options, and you have a low-calorie, high-volume snack option. If you need a bit more fuel, consider pairing with a handful of nuts, string cheese, or yogurt.
Greek yogurt is a snack superstar; it’s packed with protein and super easy to pack on the go.
Choose brands with few added sugars and emphasize protein to feel full longer. Pair yogurts with a high fiber carb for a larger snack if you need it. Berries, whole wheat crackers, and popcorn all work well!
Dark chocolate may be an acquired taste, but its health benefits are unquestionable! Packed with fiber, heart-healthy fats, and typically low in sugar, this makes for a super satisfying afternoon treat.
Pair with some fresh fruit, yogurt, or nuts to add a little more balance to this snack option.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries…you name it! All berries are packed with fiber, quick energy, and vitamins and minerals.
One cup of raspberries delivers a whopping 8 grams of fiber—that’s a third of the recommended daily fiber goal for women!
Pair your berries with nuts, cheese, or yogurt for a protein source that balances the natural carbs in the fruit.
For more weight loss tips, check out these Best Weight Loss Snacks in 2022.
Caroline Thomason, RDN