Healthy snacks ideas to lose weight and satisfy your cravings are are a great way to reach your health goals.
Making healthy food choices is hard. Very darn hard.
Almost as hard as doing crunches ( I really really don’t like crunches).
But with some creativity and a little bit of drive, along with a healthy snacks list, well, you can make some strides in the right direction.
Baby steps are always the best way to start any habit ( it’s even been scientifically proven). One great way to start getting back in shape and shed the extra pounds is to start eating better things.
Now, granted, only eating healthy snacks might not be enough to get you where you want to be fit wise, but it can make a world of a difference when they replace sugary drinks and carb loaded junk foods. AmIRight?
At the end of the day, you even feel better and with more energy to burn.
But for that to happen you have to figure out what snacks to eat, and that’s where we’ve got you covered.
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Now, here are 11 healthy snack ideas to lose weight and satisfy those cravings.
Chia Seed Pudding
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I remember when one of my best friends first introduced me to Chia seed pudding. I thought the consistency was funny at first but then I tasted it and I ended up loving it. It’s a great healthy snack idea that you can prepare the night before and have ready to take with you to work or a long day out.
Best of all, you can prepare them in your own mason jars to take them wherever and make sure it doesn’t spill.
Some of my favorite ingredients to prepare Chia Seed Pudding is Thai Chi Organic Coconut Milk along with some sort of spice, like cinnamon along with a sweetener like Stevia or honey.
I also love to use these gorgeous mason jars to take all kinds of snacks with me.
To prepare you mix all the ingredients together in your jar and let it sit overnight. Since chia seeds are tasteless, they’ll only taste like the liquid you choose to put in them, which can be anything from coconut milk to yogurt to even almond milk.
I like to ratio to be one cup of liquid for about every three tablespoons of organic chia seeds, that way the seeds build a gel-like consistency when they absorb it.
Celery and Confetti Cream Cheese
image Source: EatingWell.com
This is a great new twist to the usual celery sticks and peanut butter.
The confetti cream cheese has all kinds of great ingredients for you that include olives, basil, and lemon peel. Make sure you grab the complete recipe and directions to learn to make this quick and easy healthy snack idea.
Celery is very fibrous and contains lots of water which can help you feel fuller longer. They are a source of a seemingly infinite amount of vitamins including vitamin K, C, Potassium, and manganese.
With all the benefits celery has on its own, it’s definitely worth incorporating into your diet in some shape.
Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad With Tajin + Chia
Image And Recipe: Mexican Food Journal
Oh these just look like you want to grab them right off the image and eat them!!
The spices in this recipe are sure to satisfy your salty food craving and dodge other less healthy chips and cookies options out there that just end up making you feel terrible.
Make sure and check out the recipe for some quick and easy spiced fruit salad.
The sweet and sour/salty/spicy kick of the chili makes for a tasty combination and a filling pick me up.
A personal favorite chili that is great to season pretty much anything is Tajin Clasico Seasoning. The kick of flavor it gives anything is unbeatable.
Sweet Potato Melt
Image and Recipe: Delish.com
I absolutely LOVE making sweet potato melts, and due to the low fat and filling properties of sweet potatoes, they are a great healthy snack idea to help you shed the extra pounds.
The best thing about it is that they are really easy to make. All you really have to do is make sure you wash the outside of each potato, wrap them in aluminum foil, and stick in the oven at 425 degrees for 45-50 minutes (or to the tenderness of your liking).
You can add some low-fat butter to garnish on top along with some ground cinnamon to add a kick of flavor. Absolutely yummy!
Avocado Cucumber Cups
Image and Recipe: Californiaavocado.com
These things look just absolutely fun to make (and of course, super healthy). There is no way I could have come up with this recipe on my own, you can check out the full recipe and directions here.
Avocados have good fats in them and cucumbers are full of biotin, have antioxidant properties, Vitamin K, and Silica, which promotes better skin and nails.
The recipe doesn’t take too long to put together so it’s definitely something you can whip up for a get-together or an on the go snack for busy days.
Baked Chili Cheese Fritos
Image and Recipe: The Minimalist Baker
We all crave some salty snacks here and there, why not try your hand at making your own baked (instead of fried) chili cheese fritos? The recipe is pretty easy and it takes almost no time at all to prepare.
These can go great by themselves or with some homemade hummus.
Quest Protein Bars
Quest Bars, a protein bar company that claims to make the #1 protein bar, has managed to create protein bars that taste really close to the junk foods that we all love to eat, without all of the bad.
My personal favorite is the Smores flavor (they’ve also recently come up with a birthday cake flavor). They’re worth checking out and trying for yourself if you like to eat protein bars after a workout or as a quick snack.
Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad
Image Source: Peas and Crayons
Quinoa is such a great source of healthy goodness I’m not even sure where to start.
Here are some of the health benefits that Quinoa contains:
- Rich in Magnesium
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Contains all 9 essential amino acids
Now, for the most part, Quinoa can be a tasteless ingredient, though filling. That’s why it’s best if you mix it with other foods, as a snack, preferably healthy sweet toppings like cranberries.
Here is the complete recipe on Peas and Crayons to learn how to make make a super healthy snack for any time of the day.
Dried Plums + Yogurt
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Dried fruits are a great way to snack healthier. Dried plums with Chobani greek yogurt are a great way to satisfy your cravings and eat something healthy for a snack.
Its pretty quick and easy to eat, so you can take it with you whenever (especially if you’re really late and need to pick something up quick).
You can always replace the yogurt with other options if ingesting dairy isn’t your thing. It’s all about getting creative with it and combining great flavors to make sure you eat yummy and healthy at the same time.
Related: 23 Healthy Snack Ideas For Work
Apple + Almond Butter Sammiches
Image Source: Whole Foods Market
These apple butter ‘sammiches’ are just a treat to make and can satisfy a range of cravings and palates no matter the age.
Almond butter is a great source of healthy monosaturated fats and antioxidants. Adding the sweetness of a nicely riped apple with some low-fat chocolate chips on the side is sure to satisfy.
Check out the recipe and directions to learn how to put this healthy snack idea together.
Watermelon Feta Salad With Mint
Image and Recipe: Tory Avey
Watermelon is an absolutely great fruit to add to your diet when you’re trying to think of healthy snack ideas for weight loss. It contains Vitamin C and Lycopene with are great antioxidants!
This Watermelon feta salad is PERFECT for when you want something sweet and salty (the cheese) at the same time. The mint leaves add that cool kick to it especially great for summer foods.
Vegan Frozen Yogurt Bar
Image and Recipe: Blogilates
These bark bits are sure to satisfy your late night cravings or can even serve as an awesome midday snack in the middle of work. They’re pretty easy to put together and as a bonus they’re vegan, which means no animal products needed to make it (ultimately making it even healthier).
Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Ups
Image and Recipe: Ready Set Eat
A great way to get your peanut butter fix is with a peanut butter banana roll up that takes almost no time at all to make!
Here are some cool nutritional facts about this healthy weight loss snack:
- Bananas contain tons of magnesium and potassium along with protein and fiber as well
- Bananas are great for reducing swelling, digestion issues, and help with the production of white blood cells as well as weight loss
- They’re also high in antioxidants which help protect against things like harmful sunlight
- Eating peanuts can decrease your risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes
- A serving of peanut butter is packed with antioxidants such as Vitamin E
Roasted Avocado Slices
Image and Recipe: Craftsy
The butter fruit is absolutely jam-packed with tons of nutrients and antioxidants that can help you feel full and satisfy your late night cravings for something creamy and flavorful.
Roasted avocado slices can be a great way to substitute those salty cravings for fatty fried chips or fries.
Many people don’t like the taste of grapefruit but if it is your cup of tea it can be a great on the go snack with some sugar sprinkled on top.
Grapefruit has been known to boost your metabolism and strengthen your immune system along with many other awesome weight loss benefits. Packing a grapefruit snack can be as easy as cutting one in half and sticking it in a Ziploc bag for when you get the urge for something zesty!
Grilled Dragon Fruit Kebabs
Image and Recipe: Friedas
The Dragon Fruit is great for your metabolism and aids your body in absorbing nutrients better. This cool grilled Dragon Fruit Kebab recipe can help make sure you’re ingesting a variety of fruits that help keep up your overall health and energy levels.
Vanilla Almond Popcorn
Image and Recipe: Real Food Real Deals
Who doesn’t love popcorn? With the right ingredients (read, probably not butter) you can make yourself an absolutely delicious popcorn snack that you can always save for later.
This delicious yet simple recipe is flavored with vanilla and almonds and is sure to be a favorite on your snacks for weight loss list.
Hummus In A Blender
Image and Recipe: Fat Free Vegan
Hummus is a great way to replace ranch or blue cheese and can be a great way to help you consume more veggies. Best of all to make this hummus recipe to help you lose weight you don’t need an expensive food processor.
Banana Oat Smoothie
Image and Recipe: Eat Yourself Skinny
Yet another way to incorporate bananas into your snack ideas is with this delicious and healthy banana oat smoothie recipe. It’s a great way to replace your usual snacks with something new and quick and it doesn’t take many ingredients to put together. Not to mention it’s also a filling snack option.
Red Pepper Hummus
Image and Recipe: Skinny Ms.
You can never have enough Hummus so here is a bonus Red Pepper Hummus recipe as a weight loss snack. 🙂
Related: How To Make Authentic Guacamole
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls
Image and Recipe: Fit Mitten Kitchen
Whole wheat cinnamon rolls can help you curb those sweets cravings with a much healthier option. And instead of melting sugar you can use all natural maple syrup to sweeten them up.
Additional Healthy Snacks List:
Dried coconut bits
Baby carrots and low-fat cottage cheese
Cucumber slices in lemon juice and tajin
Flaxseed, chia, and nuts trail mix
Cinnamon and green apple slices with peanut butter
Greek yogurt, honey, and cocoa powder
Marinated kale chips
Baked zucchini chips
Frozen grapes dipped in low-fat chocolate pudding
Almond butter and apples
Wheat thins and feta
Salted cherry tomatoes
Mango and chili powder
Spicy hard-boiled eggs
Grilled pineapple slices
Black beans and salsa on tostadas
Zesty legume salad
Egg whites on avocado toast
Chocolate dipped cherries
Cranberry and popcorn mix
Quaker oats rice cakes
Keep A Healthy Snacks List For Your Weight Goals
A healthy snacks list is a great first step towards getting in the best shape of your life, or at least in better shape. There is no telling what type of snacks you can come up with that have a low-calorie count but that are still good for you and equip you with energy.
I hope this list gave you some great snack ideas so you can start changing your eating habits. The key is simulating the taste that we love in junk foods and bringing that into healthier snack options.
These snacks are great for any time of day and can even make great evening snacks for after dinner. If you’re looking for low-cost dinners, make sure you check out this post for more finger licking ideas.