13 Skinny Snacks That Will Help You Eat Healthy
You don't need to limit yourself to reach your health goals! It’s just a matter of choosing the right foods. Here’s your go-to guide for healthier snacks.
Looking for healthy alternatives when hunger strikes? There are a ton of tasty foods you can make at home that are completely guilt-free and great for your body. All it takes is a little preparation, patience, and packing for snacking on-the-go!
The popcorn you get at the movie theater may seem extremely unhealthy, but if you’re making popcorn at home from scratch, you are saving yourself hundreds of calories. Plain popcorn is a great (and cheap) snack that will satisfy that crunchy craving at a mere 30-35 calories per cup. Want to boost the flavor? Look to your spice rack. This Rosemary-Parmesan Popcorn recipe tastes practically gourmet.
Need a sugar fix? Say no to the ice cream and yes to a berry salad. Try this Honey-Yogurt Berry Salad recipe to start! Berries are a great source of antioxidants (which help fight chronic diseases) and fiber (good for the digestive system). If you’re not a fan of berries, try another one of these delicious fruit salad recipes.
Not a fan of hummus? That doesn’t mean you have to rule out chickpeas! Instead, roast up these seasoned chickpeas to snack on instead of grabbing a bag of chips. This healthy recipe is seasoned with chili and lime.
Overnight oats don’t have to just be a breakfast item, but an easy snack to-go! Prep a couple small jars of overnight oats for you to grab on your way out the door. Get the full recipe here. Although oats are calorie-dense, they are still a powerful source of fiber, which is great for your overall digestion. Here are 7 more reasons why oatmeal should be your favorite superfood.
Doesn’t a milkshake sound like heaven right now? Agreed, which is why I drink smoothies constantly. That may sound ridiculous, but smoothies are creamy and filled with good fruits and natural sugars that make me miss the actual milkshakes less and less. Plus, yogurt is full of probiotics, which is good for your gut. Try this healthy smoothie recipe packed with bananas, blueberries, peaches and mango.
Granola bars always seem like a healthy snack, but the prepackaged kind are typically filled with unnecessary sugars that aren’t helping you with those weight loss goals. So instead, make these homemade granola bars to munch on! Yes, they still have a bit of sugar, but not nearly as much as the kind you buy at the store.
Who says snack time has to be basic? This fig jam recipe is the perfect way to give your snack some class. Serve it on a whole-wheat cracker and sprinkle with either a little blue cheese or prosciutto. Figs are high in fiber and include magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin B6 and vitamin K.
This spicy nut mix is low in carbs and free from added sugars, which are two foods you want to avoid if you want to lose weight. Nuts are high in healthy unsaturated fats, which yes, your body does need. Healthy fats can help to lower the “bad” cholesterol in your body. Nuts also are packed with fiber, protein, and lots of vitamins and minerals. Get the recipe.
However, if you need that carb fix, you may as well satisfy it with a carb that isn’t processed and full of sugar. Mini muffins are a great snack item for moments like this. Making muffins such as these let you control the amount of carbs or sugar you are eating, instead of buying a jumbo muffin at the café with absolutely no idea how much sugar is really in it. Bake a big batch of these feel-good banana muffins and freeze for later.