Let’s face it—losing weight is hard. Changing habits is hard, too, but ceasing them all together is even harder. That’s why we recommend you change the way your snack rather than attempting to not snack at all—at least as a start.
Forget those visits to the fridge in the middle of the night for ice cream or cake. Try these snacks, and you’ll never worry about putting on more weight.
Bananas are a great snack. Packing just 100 calories, they have lots of fiber, as well as amino acids. They’re also a complex carb that offers steady energy. Dipping some of the bananas in peanut butter is a great way to add protein to your diet, too.
Many of us love popcorn, and popcorn is a great snack, especially without butter. You can add some sea salt or other spices whenever you’re lounging. If you want more flavor, some Parmesan cheese will do wonders for your taste buds. A cup of popcorn comes with a paltry 30 calories and packs fiber.
Nothing hits the spot quite like a creamy Greek yogurt. If you are trying to stay away from ice cream, this is your best bet. It is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt with a high protein and low sugar level. Go for plain Greek yogurt to avoid artificial sugars and flavors. You can instead opt for healthy toppings such as chocolate chips or sliced fruits.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? There is just something about it that triggers joy with every bite. If you want a snack that’ll instantly make you feel good, try some dark chocolate. It is rich in antioxidants and fiber with low sugar and fat. Avoid milk chocolate, though, as it has a lot of calories from its high sugar and fat content. Also keep in mind that just because dark chocolate is healthier doesn’t mean you can go all out and have a feast with it. Grab a couple of ounces a day.
I bet you never thought that carrots could make a great snack. Fresh veggies like carrots, celery, and cucumbers are good sources of vitamins and minerals. Besides that, they’re good antioxidants and help hydrate the body. Prepare a couple of carrots sticks with low-fat dressing for a crunchy snack.
Once you discover dried figs, you can’t stay away from them. They are sweet and full of fiber, making them a great alternative to candy. You can eat them anytime whenever your sweet tooth cravings strike. To keep your weight down, serve small portions of dried fruit every day instead of desserts.
Don’t forget nuts. They’re not only healthy but can make you feel full for a long time. Once you munch a couple of them, you can stay full for several hours, without touching other snacks or food. They are also full of omega-3 goodness, proteins, and essential vitamins.