Life is super busy for all of us, we’ve got so many things that we need to do every day – take the kids to school, workout, go to work, cook – the list never ends! So it’s no wonder we find ourselves snacking throughout the day. Unfortunately for most of us, that involves unhealthy treats and pick-me-ups, the things that are most responsible for our pudgy belly.
Here we take a look at 9 healthy snacks that you can munch on whenever you get those hunger pangs. These treats won’t make you fatter, some of them will actually work to help you drop the weight.
Nuts are very satiating. They are high in healthy fats and make a great snack because they can be stored in a bag or container and will last many months without any refrigeration. Nuts contain a perfect balance of protein and fats that keep you feeling fuller for longer.
#2 Guacamole with Vegetables
Veggies, such as red peppers, have really high levels of healthy antioxidants, carotenes, and other fat-fighting nutrients. The healthy fat in avocados pairs well with most vegetables and will make for a very filling meal.
#3 Garcinia Cambogia
This is a tropical fruit, similar to a mandarin. It grows in Indonesia and has been shown to increase metabolism and reduce body weight. It can be taken as a supplement and will give you a quick pick-me-up when you need it most.
#4 Yogurt with Berries
Aside from healthful probiotics, yogurt is also high in protein. When mixed with berries, which have bundles of antioxidants, this makes for a very healthy and quick snack.
#5 Vegetables and Cream Cheese
Cream cheese is high in protein and just delicious. When matched with healthy vegetables it makes for a great snack. It’s a great way to increase your raw veggie intake because it’s so yummy!
#6 Chia Seed Pudding
This is a fairly new product in the US and it’s not well known, but chia seed pudding is delicious and highly nutritious. The chia seeds pack a punch of nutrients and keep you full for hours.
#7 Peanut Butter with Fruits
Apples, bananas, pears; whatever you fancy. Peanut butter goes well with all crisp fruits. You’ll get a boost in protein and a healthy dose of vitamins and antioxidants.
#8 Kale Chips
If you’ve never had kale chips before you’re missing out! Kale is the most nutritious vegetable in the world and usually tastes, well, icky. But put it in the over covered in herbs and spices and you’ve got a great tasting snack.
#9 Dark Chocolate with Nuts
So eating nuts by themselves can be pretty hard. Try matching them with dark chocolate; you’ll get more vitamins, antioxidants and it’ll feel like a naughty snack – even though it’s not!
As you can see here, there are many healthy treats you can prepare easily and quickly. Avoid packaged weight loss products and opt for healthy, homemade alternatives.