If you are trying to lose weight then you will often hear people saying how you need to watch what snacks you are eating between meals.
Choosing to reach for a chocolate or a packet of crisps when you are feeling hungry can derail the good work you have been doing.
Instead perhaps you should try some of the following snacks:
Best snack #1 – Whole Grain Crisp-bread Crackers
Whole grain crisp-bread crackers such as Ryvita are a great choice of snack food.
The whole grains are full of antioxidants, fibre, vitamin B and E, as well as iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, which are all powerful nutrients that can provide various health benefits.
These benefits include the ability to prevent heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer.
For flavour and for a little added calcium and protein add a little cottage cheese as a topping.
Best snack #2 – Canned tuna or salmon
Both tuna and salmon contain heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids as well as plenty of protein, which is essential for any successful weight loss attempt.
Protein is slower to digest than both carbohydrates and fats so will ensure you stay fuller for longer.
Best snack #3 – Sliced apple with nut butter
A great low calorie snack full of antioxidants, fibre, protein and unsaturated fats that can help you ward off hunger between meals.
Best snack #4 – Nuts
Nuts are a great choice of snack food, whether you choose almonds, peanuts, cashews, or hazelnuts you will find that you contain large amounts of protein, fibre and unsaturated fats.
Just make sure you avoid nuts that have been artificially salted as these will certainly not help you to lose weight.
Best snack #5 – Dried fruit
Dried fruit contains vitamin C, antioxidants and are a great way to ward off sugar cravings due to their sweet flavour.
Best snack #6 – Whole Grain Cereal
You don’t have to eat cereal just at breakfast time. A health whole grain cereal can also serve as a healthy snack for between meals too.
If you avoid adding sugar these cereals will provide plenty of vitamins, antioxidants and a whole load of appetite suppressing fibre.
Best snack #7 – Instant Oatmeal
The good thing about instant oatmeal is how simple it is to make, meaning you can eat it just about anywhere. Making it an incredibly filling snack for the office for example.
Oatmeal itself contains plenty of fibre so will ward off hunger, and if you want to make the taste more interesting perhaps you could add a handful of nuts or dried fruit.
Best snack #8 – Avocado
An avocado is full of heart-healthy fats and a surprisingly high amount of protein.
Best snack #9 – Seeds
Whether you choose hemp, chia, poppy or sesame seeds you will find that each variety is full of fibre, protein and other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Best snack #10 – Popcorn
This may be a surprising option as no doubt when you think about popcorn you will think about the popcorn sold in the cinema covered in butter or sugar.
Well, if you make your own popcorn you can create a healthy snack that will help you to lose weight.
To make your own popcorn, you should add 3-4 tablespoons of plain corn kernels in a brown paper bag. Fold the bag twice to seal it before microwaving it for around 2 minutes.