Weight loss is hard. Counting calories, monitoring activity, and making sure that you are getting all the rest and recovery you need can feel overwhelming. Living in a world where food is relatively easy to acquire can make it even more difficult.
So many foods are highly processed or pre-packaged and parade as “healthy” foods. These “healthy” foods and snacks can highjack your nutrition goals and make weight loss even harder.
Eating healthy, well-balanced meals is often easier than being mindful about the snacks that we consume, but eating healthy snacks between meals can actually help you reach your goals. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five healthy snacks to buy for weight loss.
Almonds are a great option for those times when you need to grab something quick and easy. A handful of almonds is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats that will leave you feeling fuller longer. Not only will almonds help to keep hunger at bay, they also improve heart health. If you’re averse to eating a handful of almonds, try almond butter. It’s a great substitute to peanut butter and has the same benefits.
It might not seem like much, but popcorn is a great snack–and not just at the movie theatre. The fiber found in popcorn will help aid in digestion. Each serving also has a bit of protein. A single serving of popcorn only has 110 calories but is filled with both 4 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, making popcorn a great alternative to fatty foods like fried potato chips. Not all popcorn is created equally. Be sure to search for popcorn without additives or healthy prepackaged alternatives.
If you’re craving something cold and creamy, yogurt is a great option. Yogurt, while great on its own, is a real powerhouse when you add a little fruit. The yogurt and fruit combination has calcium, fiber, protein, and probiotics for gut health. If you really want to pack a punch, Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt.
As a companion to vegetables or whole-grain pita chips, hummus is hard to beat. One serving of hummus and veggies can leave you feeling full and provide you with a boost to your nutrition. Hummus is also a great way to introduce spice and flavor into your snack repertoire.
Fruit–particularly citrus–is a great snack to help you along your weight loss journey. A whole grapefruit has about 100 calories and 4 grams of fiber. On top of that, it’s packed with nearly your entire recommended amount of vitamin C. Grapefruit is a great mid-morning snack to give you a little boost to get through your day.
Finding foods to support your nutrition goals and weight loss is what we love at Fit Five Meals. By offering a complete menu of fresh, pre-prepared meals, we make eating a well-balanced diet both delicious and easy.