We’ve been told time after time that less is more, but what if I told you that when it came to your food intake that wasn’t necessarily the case? Eating five meals a day vs. your normal three will help aid in weight loss more than you may actually think. Snacking between meals gives your body the fuel that it needs, helping you get in all the nutrients you need. On the flip-side, grazing all day—particularly on foods of little nutritional value—may result in eating too much and packing on extra pounds. What else is that healthy snacking keeps your metabolism revved up.
“What you eat between meals matters more than you think. These choices boost metabolism and help you lose weight fast.”
You can’t continue to eat celery, apples, cheese sticks, etc. and then wonder why a family size bag of chips looks so appealing. We know you have a busy schedule and want something quick and on the go so, we’ve listed some healthy snacks for weight loss that will surely add a little pizzazz to your ordinary snack list to keep you on track.
1. Kale Chips
One cup of chopped kale is only 34 calories and is a healthy substitution for other high calories snacks. All you’ll need is a bunch of kale, a little olive oil and a pinch of salt. When you add the salt and olive oil you have a 153 calories snack. Which is quite the difference when in comparison to donuts or chips who usually have over 300 calories per serving.
2. Canned Tuna on Whole Wheat Crackers
Use 3 oz of light tuna and 6 whole wheat crackers for an in-between meal that you’ll certainly enjoy, and guess what, it’s only 200 calories.
Smoothies are a great way to get in a great snack with low calories between your meals. There are a wide variety of smoothies that you can choose from without sacrificing too many of your daily calories. However this particular recipe calls for you to add your soy protein powder, frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries), and low-fat or greek yogurt and you have yourself a 139 calorie snack.
4. Warm Pear with Cinnamon Ricotta
Ricotta cheese is rich in protein, and pears are a good source of fiber. Together with a teaspoon of cinnamon, they definitely make a delicious snack for any time of day. Each serving contains 170 calories.
One cup of edamame contains only 189 calories. A great snack to have all by itself. Serve hot or cold, season with salt, and enjoy.
200 calories, that’s it! Take out the pit of the avocado and use only 1% cottage cheese to fill up the center for a healthy treat.
Make a batch of white bean dip at the beginning of the week to spread on crackers and eat with veggies when hunger creeps up on you. Pair a quarter-cup serving with 2 cups of raw, chopped cauliflower, for only 199 calories.
8. Asparagus and Hard-Boiled Egg
Pair 15 asparagus spears (cooked or raw) with one hard-boiled egg for a 126-calorie snack.
9. Plain Greek Yogurt
Not only is this low in calories, roughly 100 cal per serving, it’s also a great source of protein, probiotic bacteria and bone-building calcium. You can throw in your favorite fruits such as strawberries and blueberries for some added flavor.
10. Dark Chocolate
The nutritional properties that dark chocolate possesses make it one of the healthiest foods found on this planet. It’s quick, cuts cravings, decreases body fat, controls appetite, and reduces stress. 1 ounce of dark chocolate weighs in at around 155 calories.