When we talk about eating five times a day for fat loss, one of the first questions to come up is “what are some ideas for healthy snacks?” Here are 10 healthy snack ideas to tide you over! I love these low-calorie snacks because they boost your energy, improve your health, and satisfy your sweet (or savory) cravings… all while keeping you on track to achieve your ideal shape.
1. Oatmeal. It’s not just for breakfast anymore! Oatmeal is low in calories and high in fiber, iron and magnesium, so it’s a perfectly filling snack for any time of day. IdealOatmeal is delicious, quick and easy to make and has 15g of protein per pack!
2. Tuna Spinach Wrap. Tuna in water is fat free and a good source of protein, B vitamins and omega-3s. Drain it and drizzle it with a small amount of olive oil, then wrap it in a few large spinach leaves for an extra antioxidant boost.
3. Meal Replacement Bar. Yes, you probably already thought of this! Having a tasty, portable snack bar can be just what you need to help you crush your cravings and also satisfy your sweet tooth.
IdealBars are a purse- or pocket-friendly snack and loaded with 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein, yet much less sugar than most snack and protein bars.
IdealBars also give you extra appetite control with Slendesta, so one 14-150 calorie bar will help keep you feeling full for up to 3 hours!
4. A Fiber-Rich Fruit or Vegetable. Fiber helps with digestion and fills you up. Which fruits and vegetables have the highest fiber content? Carrots and bell pepper sticks are some of the easiest high-fiber veggies to tote around, while apples, bananas, oranges, pears and berries are some of the best fiber-filled fruit options.
5. Homemade Trail Mix. A mix of nuts, seeds, oats and dried fruits can give you a great balance of energy. Add a few dark chocolate chips to keep you digging! This is one of my favorite snacks because it’s so easy to pack along, and you can find great options in the bulk foods section of the grocery store. Pre-packaged trail mixes are usually loaded with salt and sugar, so I love mixing my own.
6. Nut Butter on Crackers with Fruit. Cashew and almond butters are rich and creamy, yet a great source of vitamin E, iron and magnesium. Spread them on whole wheat (or gluten-free) crackers and add a few wedges of apple, pear or your favorite fruit on the side.
7. Greek Yogurt Parfait. Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt. Opt for plain yogurt and sweeten it with fresh berries or honey. Instead of sugary granola, stir in some fiber, antioxidants and omega fatty acids in the form of chia seeds, flax seeds, or chopped or ground almonds.
8. Apple, Swiss and Turkey Rolls. Swiss cheese is a good source of protein and calcium. Use a slice of cheese to roll up thin slices of fiber-rich apple and turkey, which is high in protein and B vitamins.
9. Hummus with Veggie Sticks. Hummus is a healthy spread made with protein-rich chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. It makes a delicious dip for carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, or even red, yellow and orange bell peppers – a great way to get those extra veggies for weight loss!
10. Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Sandwich. This classic snack still delivers! With 100% whole grain bread you get fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, while peanut butter adds a dollop of protein, healthy fats and vitamin E.
Do you have a healthy snack that’s not on this list? Share it in the comments!