Snack can seem like a dirty word when you’re trying to lose weight.And that might be true if you choose the many conventional snacks on the market. Not only are they filled with sugar and unhealthy fats that will help pack on the pounds. They are depleted of fiber, protein and the healthy fats that get you out of fat storing mode, ease inflammation and support healthy digestion.
But this doesn’t mean snacking is unhealthy. It just means that you need to choose better options. The right snacks will abolish cravings, protect against a binge later in the day and help you melt fat. So here are some of my favorite options for healthy snacking.
They are filled with the healthy fats that will keep you full through the afternoon. Choosing either raw or sprouted nuts is best. Avoid those that are roasted in oil. That just adds unhealthy fats that create inflammation and lead to packing on the pounds. A handful of nuts (¼ cup at most) should make a good snack. Just don’t eat too many or you can end up with an upset stomach.
No-mayo tuna on whole grain crackers –
Tuna is a great source of protein. But instead of making tuna full of artery clogging mayonnaise, try a no-mayo tuna variety. Then add some whole grain crackers for a healthier source of fiber. Or, for extra credit, skip the crackers and spoon the salad onto celery stalks.
Want a snack that you can just throw into a bag and go? Then edamame is your friend. You can eat them right out of the pod. Or you put them in a microwave safe bowl with some water and steam them for about four minutes. They are full of the fiber and protein that help make them a fat melting snack.
Healthy yogurt parfait –
There is lots of fattening sugar in most pre-made yogurt cups. So make your own instead. In a long cup, add 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 cup berries, 1/8 cup mixture of coconut flakes, hemp seeds, and almond slivers. Then add a second layer of the same on top. Voila! A healthy yogurt parfait!
Hummus with veggies –
Take two cups garbanzo beans, the juice from one lemon, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 ½ tablespoons tahini, ½ garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, a pinch of red pepper, salt & pepper and blend. Hummus gives you fiber for digestion and is also a source of vegetable protein.
Vegetable tostada –
Add black beans, corn, avocado, lettuce, scallions and a teaspoon of salsa to a corn tortilla. Not only is this snack tons of fun. It will provide you with lots of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
Hard boiled egg –
One of the best ways to get over fat promoting sugar cravings is to eat good quality protein. And not only are eggs a great source of protein. They are also filled with good quality fats. And a hard boiled egg is another snack where you can just grab and go.
An apple with a piece of cheese –
This snack is great for when you’re on the run. The apple gives you some sweetness with some fiber. The cheese adds some protein. It also slows down the rate at which the snack is digested meaning you’ll feel fuller than when eating an apple alone.
Strawberries dipped in greek yogurt –
It is great that something so decadent-seeming can be so healthy. Take fresh strawberries and dip them into plain greek yogurt. And if plain yogurt isn’t sweet enough for you, add a little whole leaf stevia to the mix.
Homemade acai bowl –
Don’t run for a candy bar when you’re craving something sweet! Instead, make this treat. Combine acai, non-dairy milk, and berries in a blender. Pour into a bowl and top with sliced banana, coconut flakes, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Celery with almond butter and raisins –
This snack is perfect for making you feel like a kid again. Celery is the quintessential diet snack, but it isn’t super filling. But when you add almond butter, you’ve slowed down your rate of digestion which will keep you fuller for longer. And for just a touch of sweetness, add a few raisins on top.
Frozen grapes –
The best treats are the ones that feel decadent while still being nutritious. A frozen grape is a perfect example. Wash and dry your grapes. Then line them onto a baking sheet, cover, and freeze. Remove them and enjoy immediately or save leftovers in an airtight freezer safe container.
Lettuce wraps –
Start with a large lettuce leaf. Add a dab of mustard, a slice of turkey or chicken, and one long thin slice of avocado. Wrap the lettuce leaf and secure with a toothpick. This can be super satisfying and filling and can really help hold you over until the next meal.
What’s your favorite snack to melt fat? Let me know in the comments below!