Looking to lose some weight without walking around feeling hungry between meals? You want a snack that gets rid of those hunger pangs… without packing on a lot of extra calories!
Many people are trying to make healthier choices, whether that means more trips to the gym or cutting down on soda. Healthy choices can improve how you look and feel.
However, adapting to nutritious foods and proper portion sizes can be a big change. Making it from breakfast to lunch can have you counting down the seconds. But some healthy, filling snacks can make the stretch between meals seem a lot less daunting.
Here are some easy snacks that will keep you satisfied, while still helping you stay on track with your health goals:
Apples and Peanut Butter
The natural sugars in the apple will satisfy your sweet tooth, while the protein in the peanut butter will give you an energy boost that keeps you going between meals.
Apple has a high fiber content which helps you feel full. It also gives you the vitamin C and folate you need to stay healthy.
Carrots alone have been proven to improve eyesight, boost oral health and provide numerous other health benefits. Carrots are rich in fiber. They are one of the most filling vegetables, while at the same time being extremely low in calories. 100 grams of carrots is just 41 calories.
Carrot sticks are also great to use in combination with high protein dips like Greek yogurt or Hummus.
When you think of popcorn, you may picture one of those enormous buckets of buttery, sugary and salty indulgence. While movie theater popcorn is far from healthy, plain popcorn can actually be a healthy option for when you’re craving a savory snack!
Popcorn’s high-fiber content, combined with its low-calorie count is convincing enough. However, its high levels of antioxidants are another reason popcorn is a great choice as a healthy, filling snack.
5 cups of air popped popcorn will keep you under 200 calories.
Greek yogurt bark
With just 59 calories and 10 grams of protein per 100 grams, plain, nonfat Greek yogurt is a great basis for a healthy, satiating snack. Combine this with some Stevia (which has 0 calories) for your sweet tooth, pumpkin seeds (extremely high in fiber and protein) and dark chocolate (high in fiber and antioxidants) and you have a delicious, filling snack.
- 200 grams of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
- 20 grams of roasted pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons of Stevia
- 6 pieces of dark chocolate (70% cacao or more), broken into small pieces
- Pinch of cinnamon
Measure out your yogurt into a bowl. Mix in the stevia, cinnamon, chocolate and pumpkin seeds. Put some parchment paper down on a tray spread it evenly (and not too thickly). Put the tray in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Break it into pieces and enjoy! This is also delicious as a healthy desert.
Pita and Hummus
Hummus is rich in potassium, calcium, vitamin A, and folate, among other vitamins. By pairing hummus with whole wheat pita bread, you have a complete snack that will keep you feeling full for hours.
Stick to half of a whole wheat pita and a quarter cup of hummus to get the nutritional benefits without overindulging.
Apple and string cheese
By pairing your apple with LOW-FAT string cheese, you have a balanced snack that will leave you feeling full. We already mentioned that apple is rich in filling fiber.
String cheese is a good way to incorporate dairy into your diet, which has high levels of calcium, vitamin D and protein. Low-fat dairy foods also promote bone health, reduce blood pressure, and may reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Pretzels and peanut butter
One tablespoon of peanut butter is 90 calories. 20 pretzels are 110 calories. So, all together this adds up to 200 calories.
Peunut butter is high in protein and healthy fats. Both pretzels and peanut butter have a fair amount of dietary fiber, which helps keep you full for longer.
Bell pepper with hummus
Bell peppers are extremely rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They are one of the richest dietary sources of vitamin C. 100 grams of raw bell peppers contains only 31 calories.
Dipping bell peppers in Hummus, which is 166 calories per 100 grams, is a great combo that makes for a healthy, filling snack and keeps you under 200 calories.
Of course, you’re not limited to bell peppers here. Lots of veggies go great with hummus, most of them being extremely low in calories. Some other good options are: cucumber, celery, carrots and even broccoli or cauliflower.
Whole Wheat English Muffin with Cream Cheese
The cream cheese is indulgent, but you can save calories by opting for the whipped or low-fat version. You’ll also get the benefits of dairy which, aside from being full of calcium has numerous vitamins.
Also, by choosing a whole wheat English muffin, you’ll be reaping the benefits of whole grains which include reduced cholesterol levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Fat Free Chocolate Milk
If you find yourself craving a sweet treat and fruit just won’t cut it, chocolate milk can be a good alternative. The sugar in chocolate milk will give you an energy boost, while the nutrients from the milk make this snack a nutritious choice.
This is a good choice if you tend to hit the gym in the morning. Milk is one of the best ways to help your body recover after a hard workout! The protein in milk helps repair muscles and the electrolytes help with rehydration.
These are just a few options you can try when choosing a low calorie snack. You may also want to check out our Healthy snacks for weight loss for some other great options.