Hunger always seems to strike at the most inopportune moments—like those moments when you don’t have a thing on hand. Yet with some simple planning, you can avoid those trips to the vending machines and drive-thrus that can sabotage your diet. Here are some ideas for healthy snacks that will keep you on track with any diets and weight management programs—and they’re all tried, tested and approved by members of our weight loss clinic.
1. Greek Yogurt with berries. when you’re on the go, opt for Greek yogurt because of it’s high protein content, which will fill you up between meals. Top it with some fiber- and antoxidant-rich berries for a snack that truly qualifies as a nutritional powerhouse.
2. Fruit salad. This should be a no-brainer! Slice and dice your favorite fruits, toss them in a sealable container and go. Fruit is packed with fiber, which promotes healthy digestion and fills you up. Some good choices are apples, grapes, oranges, bananas, kiwi, pears, peaches and berries.
3. Homemade trail mix. This snack is easy to prepare and fun to eat. Put whatever nuts, seeds, and dried fruit you like in a bag, toss it together and you’re set. Some excellent choices that will help you get your omega-3s include almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. For variations, throw in some items with different textures, such as air-popped popcorn. Add raisins and dried cranberries to mix it up as well.
4. Veggies and hummus. Made from chickpeas, hummus is low in fat and an excellent source of fiber and protein. Pair it with your favorite crunchy veggies, such as carrot, celery or cucumber sticks. Other tasty options include bell peppers, radishes and peapods.
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