05 Mar 15 Delicious and Healthy Snacks
You might be surprised, but it is possible to lose weight without giving up snacks. Even more than that – some snacks can even help you balance your weight and accelerate the weight loss process.
To make it easier for you, I’ve created a list of snacks that would work for everyone. Some of them are low-calorie snacks, some of them are high protein snacks, and all but one will be highly appreciated by vegans. But what unites all of these snacks is that they are both healthy and delicious!
Nuts are a great source of protein, unsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamin E. Moreover, the Mayo Clinic emphasizes that eating nuts can lower your cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease overall.
Just mix and match raw nuts, enjoy your favorites and make sure to try others too. Just make sure not to overdo it with Brazil nuts. Keep to only 4-6 a day, as they are very high on selenium, which when consumed in high amounts, could lead to selenium toxicity.
Fruit and Nuts
Yes, we’ve covered nuts in the previous paragraph, but the combination of fruit and nuts will not only be delicious and full of nutrients, but it will also help the body break the fruit sugar slower, allowing you to feel more saturated and have more sustainable energy.
A Piece of Fruit With Nut Butter
Same as above, yet enjoyed in a slightly different way. Apples and almond butter with a bit of cinnamon, banana and peanut butter, pear and tahini, anything goes! You’ll love the taste of it and there’s so much room for the experiment!
Overnight Chia Pudding
Chia seeds don’t contain many vitamins, but they’re a great source of calcium and they are also gluten-free, which makes them a popular protein source for people with whole-grain sensitivities or celiac disease. And the fun thing about chia pudding is that you can play around with any flavors you want. Berries cinnamon lemon zest, peanut butter banana walnut, tahini cinnamon medjool dates, mango coconut pecan, cacao raspberry orange zest… the sky is the limit!
There are so many benefits to drinking smoothies. For example, they can help you lose excess body weight without skipping any meals, they can prevent your body from dehydration and let you be in control of your cravings. Simply make sure that in your smoothie, you don’t use more fruit than you’d be having in one go if you ate them whole.Just make sure to have one cup of fruit to 3 cups of greens, adding nut butter and other healthy fats to the equation for a well-balanced delight.
Hard-boiled eggs are extremely low in calories and rich in many important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are so necessary for you to feel well. What makes the hard-boiled eggs better than the fried eggs is that they are prepared without additional oil or butter, so they’re lower in calories and fat.
So, if you’re not sensitive to eggs, you can enjoy a couple of hard boiled eggs without feeling guilty.
Avocado and Tomato
During the right season, this combo will be super nutritious and crazy delicious!
I love making a quick guacamole mixing my crushed avocado with salt, pepper, turmeric and good quality olive oil (and a squeeze of lime if I have one at hand). Then I cube the tomato and mix it in. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
High Quality 70% Dark Chocolate
Yes, it’s not only tasty (even though it is a bit more bitter than milk chocolate), but it is also rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and a few other minerals. Even exercise capacity increases when consuming dark chocolate!
All in all, the 70% dark chocolate will, by default, have more cacao and less sugar. If you’re lucky you can even find chocolates that use healthier replacements to white sugar and will taste delicious!
If it’s a raspberry season, I recommend getting some organic raspberries and placing a small piece of the dark chocolate inside the hole. Best combo ever!
Homemade hummus is just great for a snack or as a meal! Hummus can help you help improve your bone, muscle, skin, and blood health. There are many ways to make hummus at home, either using canned chickpeas, or going the extra mile to soak and cook dry ones. Whichever way you prefer making your hummus, make sure to use high quality tahini, and extra virgin olive oil for best results!
Mindlessly eat as many vegetables as you want, your body will only thank you for it. There’s really not much else to say 🙂
Olives are an ultimate heart-healthy snack that helps you improve circulation and has anti-inflammatory benefits.
I recommend buying olives with the pit as they have more flavor. A great combination of the healthy fat and delicious umami flavor.
Even though roasting or steaming vegetables can change their nutritional profile, they still keep the majority of their nutrient values: they stay full of fiber, low in calories and rich in minerals.
Play around with different spices, or roast with just good quality sea salt and avocado oil. Eggplant, brussels sprouts, carrots, zucchini, Jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, green beans, kale, anything goes! I challenge you to try roasting a vegetable you usually don’t like, and see if this method of cooking changes your mind.
Homemade Energy Balls
It’s as easy as taking a bunch of nuts, and some Medjool dates or any dried fruit you like, whizzing it all up in a food processor, adding cacao or lemon/orange zest and a bit of cinnamon, and there you have it, the perfect snack!
The best part about chickpeas is that they are high in protein and fiber, which makes them a filling food that can help lower appetite and reduce calorie consumption at meals. Just as with the roasted vegetables, play around with spices and flavors.
Edamame is a delicious, nutritious bean that’s an outstanding low-calorie snack option. The best part – cooking it is extremely simple. Unlike most other legumes, edamame doesn’t require a long time to cook. Just boiling it for 3-5 minutes is usually enough, but it can also be steamed or pan-fried.
I hope my article helped you complete your shopping list. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a safe nutrition program, I’d be happy to assist you. My Urban Cleanse Program will help you lose weight, feel energized, control your health, and enjoy every single bite! And YOU WON’T BE LEFT HUNGRY, GUARANTEED!
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