When it comes to weight loss, every food you eat has an impact on your health. Most importantly, the number of calories you eat per day determines how well you’ll control and maintain a healthy weight. Most of us find it difficult to make it through the afternoon without reaching for something to snack on. Now you can without feeling guilty. Check out the list of 100-calorie snacks that you can munch on for weight loss.
1. Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are protein-rich and will keep you full for the most part of the day. With only 78 calories and 26 grams per serving, nutritionists suggest that you eat hard boiled eggs for breakfast to prevent overeating later in the day. You could also boil the eggs and put them in a fridge for an instant snack anytime you feel like.
Egg whites are easy to digest and provide the required protein for lean mass. Scientists also associate eggs with lowering the risk of heart disease, plus they contain B vitamins and choline.
2. Raw Nuts
Nuts are the perfect on-the-go superfoods that you can snack on any time of the day. You’ll be spoiled for choice but the most nutritious ones include walnuts, almonds, and pistachios. Raw nuts have been found to be a great source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber, which are heart-healthy. Pistachios are rich in antioxidants and unsaturated fats with 20 of them supplying only 80 calories. You can also mix the different nuts and eat a handful for more health benefits. Since they also fill you up, nuts are a good addition to your lifestyle for weight loss.
Apples remain one of the most nutritious grab-and-go snacks to sustain you through the day. One medium sized apple contains less than 100 calories and supplies your body with quercetin, an anti-inflammatory agent. Apples are fiber-rich, which means they aid in weight loss and boost your metabolism. There are various ways to enjoy apples – if you like them baked, they still provide the same nutrient content. You can also add peanut to apple slices for a really satisfying snack. However, use less than two teaspoons of peanut butter to keep the calories under 100.
4. A Cup of Berries
Strawberries make for a healthy morning or mid-afternoon snack. A cup contains as little as 46 calories, and even if you eat two cups, you’ll still get less than 100 calories from these healthy munchies. Strawberries can be eaten fresh when they are in season or frozen to be eaten anytime. You can also add a third cup of strawberries to half a cup of Greek yogurt, and still manage a 95-calorie healthy snack. Berries can also be used to make healthy smoothies to enjoy any time of the day. Here, you can add little twists like bananas, honey or nuts to your smoothies for more flavor and health.
5. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a rich source of high-quality protein with an extra creamy texture. One cup has up to 24 grams of protein and you can add an assortment of fruits such as berries or nuts to give you a complete protein-rich meal that will keep you full throughout the day. Adding honey is also a great option and you get a total of 84 calories for this healthy snack. Most importantly, Greek yogurt contains probiotics, which improve digestion, promote normal pH levels, and increase good gut bacteria.
6. Avocado on Toast
Don’t go for just any bread. Whole grain or seeded toast is rich in fiber and will keep you full for longer, hence aid in weight loss. Avocado, on the other hand, contains unsaturated healthy fats and essential vitamins that promote good health and aid in weight loss. Combining the two is a great snack idea that you can enjoy as breakfast or midday snack. Use a quarter slice of avocado and a toast of whole grain bread. You can also add almond butter on the toast in place of avocado. This will help protect your heart and promote weight loss.
Other Healthy Options
You have plenty of healthy options that you can choose to be snacking on whenever you feel that craving tempting you. Here are some of them:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Cottage cheese
- String cheese
- Baby carrots
- Kiwi fruits
All these snacks will prevent you from going for sugary cakes and cookies and unhealthy fats from fast foods. It’s also important to drink adequate water throughout the day to keep the hunger pangs away as well as keep your cells hydrated. You can enjoy the snacks listed above with a combination of any other healthy ingredient without taking in extra calories.
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