The best snacks to have when losing weight29 October 2020
If you’re currently trying to hit your weight loss goals, then of course taking advantage of a meal prep service that can give you the healthy, nutritious and fresh meals you need each week, without you worrying about what foods to buy can really help! But what about when it comes to snacks?
You may think snacks should have no place in your meal prep plans for weight loss, but eating the right snacks between meals can actually be beneficial. This is because they can work to curb your hunger and help to get you feeling fuller, so that you don’t inhale your dinner later in the day!
Snacking is also a great way to get the nutrients you need to keep your body properly fuelled throughout the day. Of course grazing a lot on foods that have very little nutritional value can be detrimental, so it’s important to choose the right snacks. By this we mean, choosing options that have protein, fat and/or fiber, as all of these nutrients take longer to digest, so they fill you up.
With this in mind, we’ve got some of the best snacks you can have when losing weight in this list below… and all, can be easily added to your meal prep plans.
Nuts have always been a pretty healthy food to snack on. Yes it’s true they are fairly high in fat, but this doesn’t mean you need to keep avoiding them, even if you’re aiming to lose weight. Studies have shown that those who chew on these thoroughly have often felt fuller for longer periods. Also, they are a great source of filling fiber, protein and healthy fats.
These delicious ruby fruits are full of fiber, with a whole one containing around 100 calories and 4 grams of fiber. They are also packed with a high percentage of vitamin C, and other nutrients. Grapefruits may also help to manage your appetite by lowering insulin levels as well.
These tasty little things have a meaty texture and a nutty flavor, along with plenty of satiating fiber! Plus they come packed with some protein too, which can work wonders for those looking to lose weight and build some lean muscle. You can always roast them as well for a delicious crunchy snack.
Grapes are nice and sweet but still good for you! And even just a nice small handful can leave you feeling satisfied, as these have a great taste and few calories. They are fairly high in sugar when it comes to fruit, but they are a great way to naturally satisfy your sweet tooth, without giving in to junk foods.
What? When losing weight? Surely not!
Well actually, even if you’re trying to hit your weight loss goals and you have set meal prep plans in place, this doesn’t mean giving up the foods you love. Allowing yourself a little treat can actually be beneficial towards losing weight and maintaining that weight loss. Going cold turkey with treat foods can set you up to fail and doesn’t allow you to fully enjoy your foods.
So, if you fancy a glass of wine with dinner, make room for it. Or if you’re a dessert fan after dinner, then skip the drink and go for a small chocolate treat instead. Don’t beat yourself up for a small treat after dinner, just make yourself a healthy breakfast tomorrow.
Popcorn is one of those snacks that fly under the radar when people are picking healthy options. It’s actually very high in fiber and even delivers a little protein. Meaning this snack can actually be really beneficial for gaining that feeling of fullness for longer. Plus, popcorn is also a whole grain!
Yogurts, especially those with fruit can provide you with calcium and fiber, plus protein and gut-healthy probiotics! You can always add your own fruit to plain yogurts for some natural sweetness and fiber. Also greek yogurt has almost double the protein compared to other types.
Hummus is one of those snacks that’s grown in popularity every year, and it’s no wonder, seeing as how this cheap and cheerful snack can pack a nutritional punch too. Try cut up veggies and some hummus for some complex carbohydrates and protein that will help tide you over until dinner.
Another great healthy snack option is some portable dried fruit. Of course fruit in general can really help you hit those weight loss goals of yours, as they are full of filling fiber, vitamins and minerals. Dried fruits can be kept longer, and provide you with healthy carbs and protein too.
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