Trying to shed some excess weight? Although it may seem like the thing to do, don’t forgo snacks. Snacking when you feel hungry can help prevent kitchen binges that throw you off course. They can also give your body a burst of energy when you need it, and help to maintain steady blood glucose levels. The key is to plan ahead with healthful snack options that won’t pack on pounds.
Choosing munchies made from nutritious ingredients that don’t add gobs of sugar or loads of calories to your day is essential. Fortunately, slenderizing snacks can be tasty, too. Check out this collection of wholesome nibbles that can help you reach your health and wellness goals.
Frozen Yogurt Strawberries
Not only do berries have a low glycemic load, but they’re high in vitamins as well. Combined with protein- and probiotic-packed Greek yogurt, they make a cool, creamy and healthy snack. Perfect for a summer day or anytime you have an ice cream craving.
Sliced apple rings smeared with nut butter are good. Sprinkled with unsweetened coconut, chopped nuts and a few dark chocolate chips, they’re amazing. This snack makes a sweet and satisfying cookie alternative.
Turkey And Cheese Rollups
Sometimes you need a savory snack. Rolling a slice of succulent deli meat with your favorite cheese will keep you satiated until your next meal. The protein is a perfect pick-me-up.
Chia Seed Pudding
Protein- and Omega 3-rich chia seeds thicken liquids naturally. Use them to turn nutritious coconut milk and natural add-ins into a creamy, luscious dessert. Make it ahead so you’re ready when the craving hits.
Spicy Kale Chips
If you crave something with a little kick, pop these low-calorie, five-ingredient kale chips into your toaster oven for a quick and easy snack. Seasoned with nutritional yeast, chipotle powder and garlic salt, they’re fulfilling without being overfilling. The crunch is super satisfying, as well.
No-Bake Energy Bites
When you’ve got the munchies, fast and easy is imperative. Although they taste like a sweet treat, these bite-size goodies are packed with wholesome ingredients such as oats, flax seed and peanut butter. Bonus: they’re easy to make.
Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips
Eating something a little sour may curb a craving for sweets. These crispy, tangy chips are totally guilt-free. What a delicious way to get in some veggies.
Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
Who doesn’t like a little dip? Dunking slices of your favorite fruit into dip made from Greek yogurt and peanut flour is a wonderful, waistline-friendly way to snack. The kiddos will want some, too.
Carb-loaded popcorn drenched in fake butter may taste good, but it’s not great for weight loss. Swap it for a veggie version. Roast cauliflower chunks with olive oil and top them with salt, pepper and optional garlic powder and turmeric.
Cutting carbs? There’s no hard and fast rule that sammies have to include bread. Layer your favorite healthful toppings between cuke slices for a cool, pleasing bite to eat.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are high in fiber and protein. This makes them a satisfying snack option. Oven-roasting them with an assortment of savory spices results in a munchie you can feel good about crunching.
Bell Pepper Nacho Boats
Can you really eat nachos and still lose weight? You can if you trade tortilla chips for bell pepper wedges. This snack could easily be made into a meal, as well.
Egg Muffin Cup
No time for breakfast? Enjoy a slimming morning munchie, instead. For the perfect pick-me-up snack on the go, prep a batch of egg muffins crammed with healthy fixings you love, such as veggies or turkey sausage.
Butternut Squash Toast
Avocado toast is divine, but who needs carby bread? Pop slices of squash into the toaster instead. Spread with amazing (and diet-friendly) toppings, such as nut butter, berries or even avocado slices.
Sweet and Spicy Nuts
Can’t decide between sweet and spicy? Who says you have to? A fusion of spices, candied ginger and a sweet, unrefined syrup makes this a healthy snack that tackles all of your cravings.
Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate and peanut butter don’t have to be off limits. This sweet treat requires only three healthful ingredients. Plus, it’s paleo and vegan as well as naturally dairy, sugar and gluten-free.
You can enjoy the flavors of your favorite pizza and still lose weight. This simple snack combines pepperoni, cheese and Italian seasons to create a crispy, satiating snack — and they’re baked, so no deep fryer required! Dip them in marinara or your favorite on-plan ranch dressing.
Hearty and healthy are the best words to describe this snack. These bites are packed with flavor with fewer than 150 calories per serving. They are easy to make, as well.
Raspberry-Basil Watermelon Cups
Juicy watermelon, tart berries and rich feta cheese come together in this gorgeous snack. Simply scoop out a small cup in each watermelon cube and tuck in a berry. Strawberries or blackberries would be tasty, too.
Enjoy your favorite fast food snack with no guilt. These crunchy little pockets of gooey goodness are just as tasty as the ones from your favorite drive-thru. However, they’re made without tummy-bloating grains and baked. Their secret ingredient? Almond flour!
Egg and Cheese Chips
You found a delicious diet-friendly dip, but potato chips are a definite no-no. No worries. These dippable snacks are low carb and only call for two simple ingredients.
What do you get when you top a round watermelon slice with yogurt and fruit? You get a stunning dessert pizza that tastes beyond amazing. Bring this diet-friendly dish to your next summer get-together.
Low Carb Brownie Cookies
Have your cookie and lose weight, too. These treats are part-brownie, part double-chocolate cookie and all delicious. Plus, they are less than two net carbs per serving.
Raw broccoli is certainly a great weight loss snack, but it’s not especially exciting. Combine it with a handful of clean ingredients and roll the mixture into bite-size balls for a fresh and healthy treat. Or pop them in the air fryer for a crunchier munchy.
Caramel apples from a carnival vendor won’t help you shed pounds. These DIY snacks give you the flavors you crave while helping you meet your goals. A single melted caramel oozing over half of a cored, sliced apple is all it takes.
Fresh Fruit Cones
When the ice cream truck is calling your name, run to the kitchen and grab a box of cones. Fill them with your favorite fresh fruits and enjoy. Cutting melon in fun shapes makes it even better.
Healthy Cookie Dough
Maybe you shouldn’t eat regular raw cookie dough, but you can dive into this bowl with no worries. This waistline-friendly swap is 100 percent edible. It’s even paleo, vegan and gluten free.
Avocado Tuna Boats
Losing weight should be about smart choices, not self-deprivation. This snack fits the bill. These boats are loaded with healthy fats, nutritious toppings and delicious flavor.
Slow Cooker Barbecue Wings
Need a game-night snack that won’t blow your diet? Look no further. These savory wings made in a slow-cooker are low in sugar and calories.
Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters
Salty, sweet, crunchy and creamy; these clusters are everything you might want in a snack. Along with the many health benefits of dark chocolate and nuts, these clusters only have about 50 calories. You can make them using your microwave, to boot.
When planning your menu and prepping your meals for the coming week, be sure to include plenty of gratifying, on-plan snacks. You’ll keep the binges at bay and never feel deprived again.