Do you try to snack to curb your cravings, but aren’t sure if you’re making healthy choices? Snacks can help hold you over until the next meal and support weight loss efforts. Knowing what to snack on and how much can help you reach your weight loss goals and prevent overeating at mealtimes. So, I am sharing my favorite 25 healthy snack ideas for weight loss.
Having an arsenal of healthy snack ideas can assure you are prepared when hunger strikes. Keep reading for 25 delicious and healthy snack ideas for weight loss!
Snacks need to be balanced and easy to grab. If a snack is super healthy but requires too much effort to make then you probably won’t want to make it every day. If it’s convenient but not nutritious, you won’t get the energy or satisfaction you need from it. This can lead to more hunger and more cravings, especially at night.
Instead of just grabbing whatever is most convenient right in front of you, take some time to set up your environment for success. Keep the below healthy snack items on hand and in places where you will easily see them. On the contrary, keep less nutritious snacks in harder to reach places so you’ll have to put more thought into grabbing them.
My formula for snacks is simple: carbs + protein/fat = stay full and satisfied.
Here are 25 healthy snack ideas for weight loss you can pre-portion and have on hand.
1. Turkey Roll-Ups
Slice of nitrate-free turkey deli meat piled with baby greens. Add a pickle, mustard, & cheese. Roll up and enjoy.
2. Smoked Salmon Lettuce Wraps
Spread a lettuce leaf with a 1 tablespoon of light cream cheese or plain Greek yogurt. Top with smoked salmon, capers, thinly sliced red onion, and fresh dill.
3. Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Toss washed and dried pumpkin seeds with salt, garlic powder, and paprika. Bake in the oven at 425 until golden and crispy. If making a large batch, pre-portion into ¼ cup servings.
4. Vegan Cheesy Popcorn
Toss freshly popped popcorn with a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and salt for a “cheesy” vegan treat. If making ahead, pre-portion into 3 cup servings.
5. Mini Stuffed Mushrooms
Remove stems from 1 cup of button mushrooms. Microwave until softened. Top with 2 tablespoons pesto or tapenade and basil.
6. Nectarine Toast
Spread a slice of toasted whole grain bread with fresh ricotta cheese. Top with fresh slices of nectarine and drizzle with honey.
7. Fruit and Dip
Dip 1/4 cup fresh fruit (e.g., strawberries, mango, grapes, apple slices) in 6 oz plain Greek yogurt.
8. Faux Frappuccino
Blend 1 frozen banana with ½ cup coffee (room temperature or cooler) and ½ cup milk (cow, soy or pea for the protein).
9. Stuffed Dates
Stuff 3 dates with 2 Tablespoons (total) goat cheese or parmesan, warm in the microwave and enjoy.
10. Apple Butter Waffles
Spread 1 tablespoon apple butter on a toasted Kodiak Cake buttermilk waffle and top with chopped walnuts.
11. Sugar Snap Peas with Tzatziki
Grab 1 cup fresh sugar snap peas (right out of the bag – no prep needed!) and dip in 1 tablespoon tzatziki (store bought or homemade).
12. Baked Chickpeas
Drain and rinse 1 can of chickpeas. Let dry. Season with olive oil, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Bake at 425 degrees until crispy and crunchy. Pre-portion into ½ cup servings.
13. Hummus Toast
Toast one piece of whole grain bread. Spread with 2 tablespoons hummus and top with shredded carrots and alfalfa sprouts.
14. Apples & Nut Butter
Slice a crisp apple (I like honey crisp or Granny Smith) and dip in 1 Tablespoon of your favorite nut butter.
15. Spiced Nuts
Toss raw nuts with a little oil, salt, Chinese five spice powder, and brown sugar. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Serving size – 2 oz or a small handful.
16. Avocado Boats
Slice an avocado in half and stuff with flaked tuna or chopped rotisserie chicken and enjoy. One serving = 1/2 avocado.
17. Creamy Sweet Potato
Microwave a small sweet potato and top with 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt and drizzle of maple syrup.
18. Rosemary Baby Potatoes
Microwave baby new potatoes until tender. Sprinkle with cheese (gruyere or sharp cheddar are two delicious pairings). Serving size = 2 potatoes.
19. White Bean Dip
Smash drained and rinsed white beans with olive oil, minced garlic, and minced rosemary. Serve with a handful of raw veggies or 6 whole grain crackers. Serving size for dip = 2 tablespoons.
20. Hardboiled Eggs
Hard-boil eggs until the yolk is solid but still creamy and dark yellow. Peel and sprinkle with salt or Everything But the Bagel seasoning. Serving size = 1 egg. *Bonus tip – prepare a large batch of eggs ahead of time and have them ready to go throughout the week!
21. Creamy Berry Oatmeal
Top 1/4 cup oatmeal with a small handful of frozen berries and sprinkle with chopped nuts or a drizzle of nut butter.
22. Quick Caprese
Slice a fresh tomato and layer with fresh sliced mozzarella. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Top with cracked pepper and torn fresh basil.
23. Dark Chocolate Trail Mix
Mix equal parts dark chocolate-covered almonds, air popped popcorn and bran flakes. Pre-portion into 1/4-cup servings.
24. Sushi Handroll
Wrap a sheet of nori around ¼ cup cooked brown rice, cucumber, ⅓ avocado, slice of lox and sushi ginger.
25. Mini Antipasti Tray
Pair 1 oz goat cheese with cherry tomatoes, baby pickles and 3 dried apricots.