You will probably sometimes get the advice that you should not snack while losing weight. Throw that statement in the trash, life should remain fun. Check out these ten healthy and tasty snacks for in between.
If you want to lose weight, it is best to ignore the frikandel special and the glazed donut. But that doesn’t mean you should never snack. There are also plenty of healthy snacks that you can eat to your heart’s content without worrying about the effect on your weight. In fact, many of the healthy snacks are rich in fiber and packed with good nutrients.
Healthy snacks that do not hinder weight loss
If you feel like something between meals, think of something like the ten healthy snacks below that you can eat in between.
1. Mixed nuts
Nuts are the ideal nutritious snack. Nuts reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and reduce the risk of certain cancers, depression and other syndromes. Read more about the health benefits of nuts here.
The only downside is that nuts are relatively high in fat. On the other hand, they are rich in fiber and protein, which makes you feel full more quickly. The latter can help with weight loss. Nuts provide the perfect balance of healthy fat, protein and fiber. They contain an average of 180 kcal per serving of 28 grams.
2. Apple slices with peanut butter
You wouldn’t think so, but apples and peanut butter taste great together. Apples are high in fiber and polyphenol antioxidants that optimize intestinal function and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Peanut butter, on the other hand, is good for the heart. It increases (good) HDL cholesterol and lowers bad LDL cholesterol. On the other hand, peanut butter contains quite a lot of calories. So the advice is to enjoy it, but don’t spread too much on your apple snacks.
Super healthy snacks
3. Celery with cream cheese
Celery is super healthy. Celery sticks with cream cheese are a classic low-carb snack that you can safely eat while losing weight. Celery contains luteolin, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and can help prevent cancer.
Five small celery sticks with 60 grams of cream cheese contain less than 200 kcal.
4. Dark chocolate with almonds
It is not always a given that chocolate would make you fat. Dark chocolate with almonds is a rich and healthy snack that you can eat in moderation to satisfy your hunger. Dark chocolate is full of flavanols, which can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Surprisingly, this trick does not work with every type of chocolate. Make sure the chocolate contains at least 70 percent cocoa.
Almonds, on the other hand, are high in healthy, monounsaturated fat and have a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. Research also shows that eating almonds reduces appetite and thus contributes to your attempt to lose weight.
Both dark chocolate and almonds are high in magnesium. A serving (30 grams) of both almonds and chocolate provides approximately 300 kcal in total.
5. Cucumber slices with hummus
You see it more and more in supermarkets: hummus. In combination with cucumber you have all the ingredients to make a delicious, healthy snack. Hummus is made from chickpeas, olive oil and garlic. An additional advantage of this combination is that the food product has an anti-inflammatory effect and has a positive effect on the heart.
One cup (52 grams) of sliced cucumbers mixed with 100 grams of hummus contains about 180 kilocalories (kcal).
Not obvious …
6. Pear slices with ricotta
Pear and cheese may not be the most obvious combination, but chances are it’s worth trying. Use ricotta for this, because of its soft character and fine structure.
Pears, especially the peels, contain polyphenol antioxidants with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Ricotta is rich in proteins and calcium. That this combination is healthy, according to a study among the elderly. They ate 210 grams of ricotta in combination with pears daily for twelve weeks. Nearly all participants noticed a significant improvement in muscle mass and strength.
A 100 gram serving of ricotta with a small pear contains about 12 grams of protein and 250 kcal.
7. Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella
Do you not only want to spoil your taste buds, but also eat effective snacks to satisfy your appetite? Then make a delicious combination of two simple ingredients: tomato and mozzarella.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, potassium and lycopene, an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of heart disease. Mozzarella contains a lot of protein, calcium and vitamin B12. It lowers the risk of heart disease by increasing the production of the good HDL cholesterol. Okay, you can’t eat this unlimited if you want to lose weight, but it’s fine every now and then as a snack.
A portion (149 grams) of cherry tomatoes combined with 60 grams of mozzarella contains less than 200 kcal.
8. Hard-boiled eggs
You could of course wait for it, but the protein-rich snack is of course a classic: the boiled egg. It is one of the healthiest snacks that you should not eat alone. If you are serious about losing weight, it is wise to pay extra attention to your protein intake. In addition to a lot of protein, they also contain a lot of vitamins K2 and B12. What you may not have known is that eggs are also rich in fiber, so you are ‘full’ relatively quickly. There is a small drawback. Eggs contain a fair amount of cholesterol. So don’t eat too many eggs.
Two large, hard-boiled eggs contain about 140 kcal and 13 grams of protein.
9. Small carrots with blue cheese dressing
Carrots are not only tasty, they are also very healthy. This is mainly due to the presence of carotenoids, including beta-carotene. This substance is converted by your body into vitamin A. This lowers the risk of cancer, heart disease and cataracts. If you want to make them even better, combine the carrots with a creamy salad dressing or make your own dipping sauce. Of course you can also omit the dressing.
A 100 gram serving of carrots with 2 tablespoons (30 grams) of cheese dressing contains about 200 kcal.
10. Herring with onion
To end with the most healthy Dutch snack you can think of: herring with onion and possibly some sour. A serving of herring contains about 28 grams of protein, 1.9 milligrams of iron, 17 micrograms of vitamin B12, 141 milligrams of calcium, 388 milligrams of phosphorus, 54 milligrams of magnesium, 719 milligrams of potassium and 0.8 milligrams of vitamin B6. Good for basically everything and tasty too.
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