Whether you’re on a diet or just want to start eating healthily, just know that snacking a few times a day is totally permissible. And yes, there are healthy snacks that help you lose weight while dieting.
You don’t have to feel guilty if your tummy starts asking for a snack or two.
The thing is you must make sure you’re taking in snacks that won’t alter your weight loss.
And if you’re not on a weight loss diet and you like snacking, also make sure you’re not taking snacks that will promote weight gain.
Snacking is an essential part of any diet because you will drastically reduce your intake of carbs mainly.
For this reason, you might want to allow yourself a few snacks to not starve yourself, otherwise you can find dieting hard and might quit.
Keep in mind that dieting is not supposed to be a burden!
Now, let’s see these snacks that you can eat to lose weight
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How Many Snacks Can You Eat
To be honest there is not set limit as to how many snacks you can eat per day.
As long as they are healthy, you’re good to go.
But what you don’t want to do is giving your body this habit of eating ten times a day.
This can definitely lead to the stomach constantly looking for stuff. And this is what you want to avoid.
You must not forget that in fruits for example, there’s a percentage of sugar (natural) and other nutrients that should not be taken excessively.
Generally, you can take 3 snacks max per day but sticking to two snacks daily is better.
I will start with the famous deviled eggs which are considered as one of the staple snacks you can eat while dieting.
Eggs are high in protein and by including deviled eggs in your diet, you can really add in protein in a healthy way.
Deviled eggs are awesome appetizers and are super easy to prepare.
How to prepare: Boil your eggs and slice them in half | Remove the yolks and place in a small bowl | Add in mayonnaise, salt, pepper, vinegar and mustard to the yolks | Crush the yolks together and combine well | Add parsley or grated cheese and fill into the egg whites.
The berries family is well known for its weight loss powers and especially blueberries.
Blueberries are packed with the essential nutrients that can really help combat fat.
Since these tiny fruits are loaded with antioxidants, they help boost your metabolism and therefore burn fat.
It is also proven that blueberries have the ability to burn belly fat.
So, blueberries is in the second position of the best snacks you can include in your diet to lose weight fast.
Recommended serving: 100gms
Another one of the best and most effective snacks to eat to lose weight is almond.
Almonds are loaded with protein and are classified under the best high-protein foods to eat if you want to accelerate your weight loss.
Because of their richness in protein, they provide a feeling of satiety and therefore keeps you full for a longer period.
Many studies have shown that people eating almonds have lost more weight than people with a low carb diet.
Recommended serving: 30-35 almonds per day
Date Almond Balls
Are you looking for some energy snacks that will also serve as fat burners?
Date almond balls are a must-try! I really indulged on these little monsters while I was dieting and they really helped me in my weight loss journey.
Dates are naturally delicious but most importantly they are known to be low in calories.
Including those energy balls in your weight loss meal plan can really help you achieve your desired weight faster.
Ingredients: 12 dates, 1 cup of crushed almonds, 1/3 cup of cocoa powder & 1/4 cup of shredded coconut.
How to prepare: Soak almonds overnight in water | Soak dates for 10mins in boiling water | Add all ingredients (except shredded coconut) in food processor until dough forms | Make small balls and coat with shredded coconut. Keep refrigerated!
Zucchinis are naturally healthy and won’t ever make you gain weight unless you deep fry them.
But as someone who’s trying to lose weight, keep in mind that anything that’s deep fried is 100% not recommended.
So, if you love zucchinis as much as me, oven baked zucchinis are highly recommended.
Originally, zucchinis are super rich in water and fiber which keep you full for a longer period.
So having a bowl of baked zucchinis can only help in your weight loss.
Ingredients: 1 zucchini, 1/3 cup whole grain breadcrumbs or panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), 1/4 grated parmesan, salt and pepper to taste, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1 egg or 3 tbsp low-fat milk
How to prepare: Preheat oven to 425deg | Mix breadcrumbs, grated parmesan, salt, pepper and garlic powder | Dip zucchinis (one by one) in milk or eggs and dredge in breadcrumbs. Place zucchinis on baking paper and then on the oven rack | Bake for 15mins & let cool.
Baked Broccoli Balls
Broccolis are very rich in water and fiber and is proven to aid in losing weight.
One of the best snacks I ate to lose weight when I was dieting were those healthy broccoli baked balls.
Not only are they yummy but also can be of great help as a healthy snacks to keep you full for some hours.
Although they taste better when fried, I highly recommend not to do this as you should avoid oil intake in general if you want to lose weight fast.
Ingredients: 1 broccoli, salt and pepper, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of breadcumbs
How to prepare: Cut the broccoli into pieces and put in food processor | Add ingredients and mix well | Form small broccoli balls | Place on cooking paper and then on oven rack or tray | Bake for 30-45 mins | Eat hot!
Baked Apple Slices
Baked apple slice are the perfect snacks to lose weight, especially if you have a sweet tooth.
They are naturally sweet and won’t ever make you take on weight.
Whenever you crave for a little sweet snack during the day, just spare 5 mins and prepare yourself a good bowl of baked apple slices and you’re gonna be full for the next few hours.
Low in calories and high in fiber, it’s proven that apples in general support weight loss.
So, why not get creative and make your own homemade apple snacks that will help you lose weight.
How to prepare: Cut an apple in thin slices | Add a pinch sugar and bake for 10-15mins | Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon if you want more taste!
Many people are afraid of eggs while dieting. It’s true that eating too many eggs a day and everyday can have an effect on your cholesterol level.
But eggs are also low in calories and will definitely help shed pounds.
Eating eggs will also provide a feeling of satiety and thus will keep you full for a long period of time.
Sliced Banana & Peanut Butter
Bananas are famous for their effective way of curbing your appetite, thus helping you lose weight.
They are rich in fiber and are among the best foods for weight loss.
You can definitely spice things up by adding peanut butter (low-fat).
How to prepare: Take one banana and cut into thin slices | Add in peanut butter on one slice and sandwich another slice together.
Grapes are among the best foods that support weight loss.
This means you can eat them as snacks to lose weight.
They are fat-free and low in calories and are therefore allowed to take a handful of them to curb your appetite.
You can eat grapes two times a day without having to worry about gaining weight.
I just hope you can add a few of these healthy snacks to your diet plan to lose weight.
Remember that these foods will play a role not only on your weight but also on your metabolism.
So, don’t go overboard! Eat a reasonable quantity per day!