With all the information out there, it is hard to know what is healthy and what isn’t. Stores are filled with snack foods that are neither healthy or satisfying. Most snacks marketed toward weight loss are packed with sugar, in order to make up for the lost flavour from being low fat or low calorie. Next time you are feeling hungry between meals, try one of these snacks.
- Nuts – Any kind will do. Try and stick with raw or unsalted. They are the healthiest options. A typical serving size should be one ounce or approximately one handful.
- Greek Yogurt – This type of yogurt is high in protein, which can help make you feel fuller, longer. Try and stick with plain and add berries, nuts or nut butter to it for flavour. Flavoured greek yogurt is generally packed with sugars, which will only increase your appetite, causing you to reach for more. A serving size is approximately 1/2 cup.
- Popcorn – Popcorn is a great snack option. Skip the butter and salt. Try different toppings like cracked pepper, vinegar, spices, etc. An serving size is approximately 3-4 cups, popped.
- Hummus – This is a delicious option. It is filled with healthy fats and protein. We recommend dipping all kinds of veggies in it, such as pepper, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes or snap peas. A serving size is approximately 2 ounces.
- Dark Chocolate – Filled with anti-oxidants, dark chocolate is a healthy option, in moderation. We recommend 85% dark chocolate or higher. If it doesn’t list the percentage on the label, then assume it is not a high enough percentage. A serving size is approximately 1 ounce.
- Berries – Berries are filled with fibre and antioxidant. They will help to curb any cravings for something sweet. A serving size is approximately 1 cup.
- Protein Shake – These can be a great source of protein, which will help you beat hunger. Shakes also come in many different flavours, which can be tasty. Try and pick a protein that is low in sugar or uses a natural sweetener such as stevia. Check your protein bottle to see the approximate serving size, but generally it is one scoop. Mix it with milk or water, but not juice.