Snacks are not for everyone, but for some people they can really help you stick with your weight loss program by not letting yourself get too hungry.
What you eat for a snack can be critical, though. You don’t want to be eating things that wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels. The ideas below will not be high in sugar and they will have the added benefit of some healthy fat or protein included which helps to satiate your hunger for a longer period of time (as opposed to eating high sugar carbs).
The other thing to keep in mind is that even though these are very healthy items of food, you can still overeat on them. Keep portions small and keep in mind that you may be one of those people that do better without any snacks at all. Listen to your own body.Tip: Adding a healthy oil like virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil or coconut oil to your snacks will really help the satiety/hunger issue or add a handful of nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews , Brazil, macadamia, pistachio etc.) to any of the suggestions listed here. What is not recommended is eating a piece of sweet fruit all by itself.
Healthy Snack IdeasSome of these will require you to prepare items ahead of time and some will not. Just keep that in mind when you are doing your shopping and meal planning.
- baby carrots or other fresh veggies with a couple tablespoons of humus
- apple or celery slices with 1 T. almond, cashew or peanut butter (consume peanut butter in limited quantities if you are concerned with fungal issues)
- hard-boiled eggs
- 1-2 oz. of organic or raw milk cheese (full fat)
- full fat plain Greek yogurt with added frozen fruit mixed in (add in a little stevia or a little honey if sweetener is needed)
- 1/4 -1/3c. trail mix (make your own with a variety of nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, cherries, apricots etc.)(Tip: Make a whole bunch of trail mix, put some of it in the freezer so the nuts don’t go rancid, then make several little baggies with 1/4-1/3 c. in them.)
- blueberries, cherry tomatoes, swiss cheese, handful of almonds
- dried cranberries, almonds, hard cheese, cherry tomatoes
- sliced bell peppers and tomatoes
- avocado, cut up tomato, cut up onion, dash of lemon juice & garlic (if you mash the avocado up this makes guacamole)
- 1/2 pre-baked sweet potato with some turkey slices
- one can sardines, cherry tomatoes on lettuce
- 1-2 oz. of nuts by themselves
- can of tuna, celery, onion, 1 T. of mayo (made with olive or grapeseed oil)
- sliced tomatoes, 2 oz. hard cheese
- turkey or beef slices with sliced tomatoes
- any fresh fruits if you add a few nuts or full fat cheese (preferably made with raw milk or organic) with them
Do you have a favorite healthy snack not listed here? Share it with my readers below. (I prefer snacks with no grains and no added sugar.)