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Snacks To Eat When You Want To Lose Weight

They're so tasty that you'll be willing to toss that stash of junk food.

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.

Get the recipe from Stockpiling Moms

Stockpiling Moms

 

Apple “Cookies”

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.

Get the recipe from Rachel Schultz On Homemaking.

Rachel Schultz

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.

Get the recipe from Healthy Snacks For Work.

Healthy Snacks for Work

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.

Get the recipe from Wellness Mama.

Wellness Mama

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.

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.

 

The Creative Bite

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.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

Cooking Classy

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.

Get the recipe from Sugar Free Mom.

Sugar Free Mom

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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.

Get the recipe from Grounded and Surrounded

Grounded and Surrounded

Cauliflower Popcorn

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.

Get the recipe from Kroll’s Korner

Kroll's Korner

Cucumber Sandwiches

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.

Get the recipe from Nutrition Twins

Nutrition Twins

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.

Get the recipe from Bowl of Delicious

Bowl of Delicious

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.

Get the recipe from Skinny Ms

Skinny MS

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.

Get the recipe from Show Me The Yummy.

Show Me the Yummy

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.

Get the recipe from What Moms Love.

What Moms Love

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.

Get the recipe Nutrition City

Nutrition City

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.

Get the recipe from The Big Man’s World.

The Big Man's World

Pizza Chips

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.

Get the recipe from Moscato Mom.

Moscato Mom

Stuffed Mushrooms

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.

Get the recipe from Skinny Ms. 

Skinny Ms

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.

Get the recipe from Recipe Diaries. 

Recipe Diaries

Mozzarella Pockets

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!

Get the recipe from Ruled.me.

Ruled.me

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.

Get the recipe from Inspirational Momma.

Inspirational Mom

Watermelon Pizza

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.

Get the recipe from Choosing Chia.

Choosing Chia

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.

Get the recipe from My Life Cookbook.

My Life Cookbook

 

Broccoli Balls

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.

Get the recipe from The Healthy Family and Home.

The Healthy Family and Home

 

Blooming Apple

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.

Get the recipe from Snack Girl.

Snack Girl

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.

Get the recipe from Whisk Paper Scissors.

Whisk Paper Scissors

 

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.

Get the recipe from 40 aprons.

40 Aprons

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.

Get the recipe from Primavera Kitchen.

Primavera Kitchen

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.

Get the recipe Skinny Fitalicious.

Skinny Fitalicious

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.

Get the recipe from Skinny Taste.

Skinny Taste

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.