Healthy Snack Ideas for your Weight Loss Diet Plan
When following a weight loss diet plan, healthy snack ideas are crucial.
Feeling satisfied and avoiding hunger are the key barriers to making healthy choices in what we eat. Many North Americans rely on snacks to curb hunger between meals,
but a recent survey found that the majority of these snack choices are not healthy snack ideas, and are detrimental to our weight loss efforts.
“The snacking analysis indicates that snacks provide about one-third (32 percent for women and 31 percent for men) of all daily calories from "empty calories," which are calories from solid fats and added sugars.” - Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center
Healthy snacks help us feel full between meals, keep our blood glucose levels stable, and allow us to avoid over-eating at our next meal. Not to mention that snacking is downright fun! Keeping this joy of eating is crucial to a successful weight loss diet plan, but the snacks need to be the right kind.
A good snack is unprocessed, contains little to no added sugars, and serves as a source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, or water (or a combination of any of these!) in order to fill us up without sabotaging our diet. Here’s a list of healthy snack ideas, organized by food category:
The ultimate weight loss diet snack ideas the will ensure you reach your healthy weight are:
Vegetables: High water content vegetables like celery and cucumbers will give you that full feeling for the lowest calories, but fiber-rich carrots and bell peppers are also a great choice.
Protein: Edamame, boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, and hummus are full of satisfying protein, and hummus is also a source of healthy fats. Try using the hummus as a dip for your vegetables! Natural peanut or other nut butters are also a source of both protein and fats, and taste delicious over sliced apples.
Fruit: Look for high-fiber choices like apples, oranges and pears, or high water content like cantaloupe and other melons.
Try mixing and matching the foods on this healthy snack ideas list to get a combination of a protein and fiber/water. This is the best combination to maximize fullness without breaking your weight loss diet plan. All snacks are not created equal, and many can be supportive of a weight loss diet plan, they just need to be the right type!