Losing weight we know is difficult. Especially when it comes to breaking bad habits. Things like snacking and portion control are the biggest challenges between you and your ideal weight. A little extra weight isn’t a small problem, it’s actually a big problem that can turn into a multitude of other illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and even some cancers. Here are 30 delicious healthy snacks to keep on hand at all times that will boost your metabolism and help you lose weight without even trying.
Don’t avoid nuts because of their high fat content. In fact this is why you should be eating more of them. Nuts are high in protein, fiber and allow you to feel full and satisfied after eating just a few. They’re portable, easy to store, great for your brain power, help prevent depression and certain cancers.
The trick is to not eat the entire bag in one sitting!
Mix almonds, walnuts and pecans or your favorite nuts with greek yogurt for a filling and delicious snack. Compared to junk food which contains a lot of sugar, and can make you hungrier and want to snack more throughout the day nuts are the better choice.
2. Bell Peppers with Edamame Hummus
Bell peppers have powerful antioxidants like beta carotene, capsanthin, an dquercetin. They’re also very high in Vitamin C.
Combining them with your favorite high protein Hummus which comes in many different flavors nowadays (regular flavor, lemon, garlic, edamame, even chocolate!) makes the perfect bite of crunch and smooth for your palate.
3. Greek Yogurt and Berries
Greek yogurt is full of wonderful calcium for your bones, potassium, protein and probiotics and makes an excellent snack on its own. Combine it with fresh black berries, raspberries, blueberries or strawberries for a sweet, low calorie, and naturally delicious treat.
4. Apple slices and Nut butter
Apples are high in fiber, improve gut and heart health through their polyphenol content, while nut butter provides high protein and lowers cholesterol.
Nut butter such as almond butter, hazelnut or peanut butter is high in calories stick to one tablespoon for 1 medium size apple.
5. Celery and Keto Cream Cheese Onion Dip
Celery is a zero calorie food. In fact it takes more energy to digest celery than it contains! Celery contains luteolin, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and helps prevent cancer. Its high fiber helps keep you full. Celery mixed with a tablespoon of cream cheese with roasted garlic is a yummy afternoon snack.
Take a container of cream cheese and mix it with a package of onion soup for a delicious keto friendly dip.
6. Kale Chips
Don’t knock ’em till you’ve tried them. Kale is the superfood of the decade. Kale is super high in fiber and has a bounty of antioxidants. One cup of kale contains your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A, C and K and helps your colon stay healthy as well as maintains your blood pressure.
Kale chips are super easy to make. Simply tear apart the kale into bite size pieces.
Sprinkle them with Himalayan sea salt and drizzle with olive oil and bake on a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
7. Cottage Cheese and flaxseed
Cottage cheese used to be a dieter’s staple but you don’t hear to much about it in the news anymore. However, it is regularly used in the bodybuilding community. The secret lies in its conjugated linoleic acid which helps to reduce body fat.
Mixed with flaxseed this snack gets a boost of weight loss abilities and fights cancer. Add a little cinnamon and honey for sweetness and this will help control your blood sugar and prevent sugar cravings.
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
8. Dark Chocolate
You can’t let a day go by without your dark chocolate fix. This not only satisfies your desire for rich sweetness it actually helps your cardiovascular health and lowers your blood pressure! Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium and antioxidants.
9. Cucumber slices and carrot sticks with hummus
Cucumbers and carrots are chock full of fiber that your body needs and essential vitamins and nutrients. Cucumbers contain cucurbitacin E, a powerful anti carcinogen and carrots contain carotenoids, which are excellent for your eye and heart health.
Mixed with the fat in the hummus, this helps increase the absorption of carotenoids.
10. Mozzarella and grape tomatoes
Tomatoes provide vitamin C and powerful lycopene while mozzarella cheese will fill you up with protein and vitamin b12.
11. Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds alone have no flavor but they do contain antioxidants that fight inflammation and protect your heart.
Chia seeds can be eaten raw, or mixed with cereal yogurt and such but it’s best to soak them in water to create a gel like substance you can use in smoothies, puddings, baking and desserts.
- 1tblsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tablsp cocoa powder
- 1 tablsp peanut butter
- honey for taste
- Combine Chia seeds and water in a small bowl.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to let the seeds transform into a gel
- Stir in cocoa powder, peanut butter, and sweeter and enjoy!
You can add any other flavors you like! Berries, coconut, agave, etc. to make it your own. It’s very versatile!
12. Hard boiled eggs
The incredible edible egg. For a quick filling snack, nothing beats the simple egg. It offers complete nutrition. Protein, vitamin B12, K2 and brain healthy cholesterol. Plus, they’re quick and convenient!
13. A piece of hard cheese
Cheese is filling, delicious and nutritious. Contrary to popular belief, cheese doesn’t increase your risk of heart disease or raise your cholesterol if you don’t eat enormous portions of it!
Best to stick to hard cheese over soft ones like Brie which are loaded with more fat.
14. Healthy turkey jerky or salmon jerky
Best to get a high quality jerky as some can contain lots of preservatives, additives, high sodium and sugar. Look for one at your local health store or butcher.
As long as it’s as close to natural as possible this is a top quality, high protein snack that’s easy to take on the go.
15. Hemp protein shake
Protein shakes feed your muscles quickly and supply clean energy to keep you going.
There are many varieties out there like whey protein and others, but hemp contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, iron, vitamin # and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid).
Plus, hemp is less likely to contain sugar or other additives and doesn’t promote inflammation like proteins derived from dairy do.
16. Canned Sardines/Salmon
Canned fish is excellent to keep your stomach full. Sardines and salmon are higher in nutrients than tuna and other heavy metal rich fish.
This snack will supply omega-3 fatty acids, protein, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B12.
Make sure to buy from a brand that’s BPA-free.
17. Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Coconut is full of healthy monounsaturated fats and filled with medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs), which can help boost metabolism and support weight loss.
The milk in the ice cream contains vitamins C,E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
18. Marinated olives
Olives help fight inflammation, reduce insulin resistance and help prevent cancer and heart disease.
19. Pear slices with ricotta cheese
One of my favorites! Pears are fantastic on their own, but even better with a little ricotta cheese! The peel of the pear contains anti inflammatory polyphenol antioxidants.
Ricotta contains high protein and its fat content promotes gains in muscle mass and strength when combined with a healthy exercise routine.
20. Dried unsweetened coconut
If you’re a coconut fan then your metabolism will be sent into overdrive to help you burn fat and lose weight. It even helps improve memory function and cognitive abilities!
Just make sure it’s the unsweetened organic kind:) If I have a real sweet tooth I eat a fresh fig with it and it’s better than candy!
21. Turkey roll ups
Who needs the bread when you can feed your muscles and keep your metabolism rolling until the next meal with these delicious turkey roll ups.
- 4 slices turkey breast
- 4 tsp cream cheese
- 4 pickles
Place slices on a large cutting board.
Spread 1 tsp of cream cheese on each slice.
Place a pickle on the edge of each slice and roll them up! Enjoy!
Avocados are super foods in their own right and super versatile. Their high fat and high fiber content is sure to keep your hunger under control.
Avocados also help lower LDL cholesterol, reduce the effects of arthritis, and protect your skin from sun damage!
Eat them straight, sliced with some lemon, sprinkled with salt and cayenne pepper, add to a salad or make a nice guacamole and eat with veggies – sans chips!
23. Ricotta cheese with cocoa powder
If you have a desire for something rich and sweet this is it. For a quick and easy dessert to keep you in fat burning mode, combine 1/2 cup of full fat ricotta with 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder and tsp of honey or pure maple syrup. Not the kind with corn syrup!
24. Sun Dried Tomatoes
Drying out tomatoes in the sun actually increases their lycopene levels. Plus, they’re stored in olive oil, which improves your bodies ability to absorb the lycopene.
Watch out for high levels of sodium and extra preservatives.
Cantaloupe is so delicious and low in calories it’s hard to believe. It contains nutrients and compounds that fight inflammation, keep your eyes healthy and lowers your weight.
Wrap a little prosciutto around the melon and add some protein for a delicious, flavorful snack.
A cup of edamame meets 1/3 of both your daily fiber and protein needs. And they’re fun to eat! Suck them straight from the shells. Studies show you feel like you have eaten more if you can see the remnants.
27. Oatmeal and blueberries
Oats aren’t just for breakfast. I prefer steel cut oats because they’re more filling and you have to work at eating them! They’re good any time you need a hearty treat. Full of fiber, they help regulate blood sugar levels to keep you from crashing. Meanwhile the blueberries add a nice kick of sweetness and fiber without sugar.
My favorite snack is oatmeal with blueberries, unsweetened coconut and a drizzle of honey.
Popcorn isn’t what it used to be! Popcorn is downright exotic these days coming in flavors like bacon ranch, brown sugar, pumpkin spice, dorito flavor etc. Popcorn is awesome because it’s quick and easy to whip up, it’s fun to eat and has mega fiber and is filling! You can add all sorts of flavorful toppings that don’t add a lot of calories and you feel downright happy eating it!
I love to make mine in the simplest way possible by putting a tsp of coconut oil in a deep pot adding the kernels and then whatever flavors I please.
29. Soynuts and Cheerios
Who would of thought of these two pairings? Put a 1/4 cup of roasted, salted soynuts and a half cup of multi grain cheerios together, shake them up and snack away. The crunchy, sweet and salty not to mention fiber and protein makes for a super snack!
30. Spiced Green Tea Smoothie
I love smoothies for snacks. In fact they are the best when I need to detox! Some research has hown that an active ingredient in green tea, EGCG, may help you shed pounds. But tea alone isn’t likely to help you feel fulfilled.
Try this spiced smoothie. It has a tasty blend of chilled green tea, lemon juice, agave, pear, plain greek yogurt, a pinch of cayenne for some extra fat burning metabolism boosting power!
There you have it! 30 delicious and healthy snacks that will help you lose weight without even trying! Let me know which ones are your favorites!
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