If you are one of the millions of people trying to lose weight, one of the things you need to know are some low fat, healthy snack options. One of the keys to successful diets is to be aware of what to replace unhealthy foods with. When you don’t have healthy options to choose from, you will fall right back into the same unhealthy eating patterns.
1 – Fruit Options
Fresh fruit is always a good snack choice. Because of the natural sugars it has, eating fruit will make you feel like you are getting something sweet. There are so many options in this category, it is simply a matter of personal taste.
Some ideas are:
- Berries – Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries and others
- Sliced Apples with Peanut Butter
- Cherry Tomatoes
2 – Vegetable Options
Natural and raw vegetables are a healthy and low-fat snack choice also. Have fun with vegetables by eating them with various healthy dips. Some dip choices are Greek yogurt, hummus or homemade salsa.
Some veggie ideas are:
- Sliced Cucumbers
- Sliced Peppers
- Baby Carrots
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Pieces
- Celery Sticks
3 – Energy Bars
There are several brands of energy bars available and even more flavors to choose from. If you need a chocolate fix, you can get it with an energy bar. Always read the label to avoid extra sugar content, calories or sodium. Energy bars are a smart snack to carry in your purse, the diaper bag or your gym bag.
4 – Smoothies
Smoothies are a healthy snack choice and have the added convenience of being a drink you can take to go. Add whatever fruits or vegetables you want to make them flavorful; put in some 100% juice, yogurt and ice and it’s practically a meal.
5 – Dry Cereal
Take a tip from your kids and snack on cereal. Cheerios or Kix are low-fat, low sugar options and there are others as well. Read the label and snack away.
6 – Popcorn
Air popped popcorn is a fun, low-fat snack to enjoy while watching your favorite TV show or movie. The added bonus is the fiber content of air popped popcorn.
7 – Baked Potato
An average size baked potato is a satisfying snack and will be low-fat even when flavored with a spoonful of low-fat yogurt or sour cream. Add some pepper and enjoy.
8 – Whole Grain Bagel
A small whole grain bagel with low-fat cream cheese or jam is a good comfort food choice.
9 – Jello or Pudding
If you really do just want to indulge in a sweet treat, you do have options. Sugar-free Jello or Pudding come in delicious flavors and are always fun to eat.
10 – Low-Fat String Cheese
Who hasn’t had a blast peeling the string cheese bit by bit while enjoying every stringy bite? String Cheese is an old favorite that doesn’t have to go by the wayside just because you are watching your intake; the low-fat type is just as yummy.
Follow the ideas above, and satisfy your hunger between meals with a healthy snack!