Think you're supposed to cut out snacks when you're trying to lose weight or keep the weight off to save some calories? Uh-uh, you need snacks. No, not loaded nachos or king-size candy-bars, we're talking nutritious snacks.
Why do you need snacks for weight loss or weight maintenance?
- They give you the fuel you need to work out or recover post-workout
- They keep your blood sugar on an even keel
- They stop you from eating junk and making poor choices when you get over-hungry
- They stop you from overeating when you are "starving"
So here are my favorite snacks for weight loss, or when you're looking to keep weight off (weight maintenance):
I always choose organic apples because they are one of the fruits that has a high pesticide residue. The nuts can be any healthy nut of your choice--I especially like to mix pistachios and cashews in a 1-ounce or half-ounce portion (use a digital kitchen scale to measure). The cheese is usually 1-2 low fat mozzarella sticks although I also use low-fat swiss at times. Whatever you choose just make sure it's low fat or fat free.
This power combo of protein, healthy fat and the fiber of the apple will sustain you for quite awhile and is between 200 - 350 calories with 12-18 grams of hunger-stopping protein. This also makes a great light meal.
This is one of my favorite grab and go snacks. Quaker Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut is my personal flavor of choice and each 1 cup serving is 210 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. I keep packets pre-portioned in snack-size Ziploc bags in my gym bag and ready to grab out of my pantry anytime. Again, use a digital kitchen scale for accurate measurement.
Of course, you can come up with your own favorite snack cereal. Just look for one that has a good amount of protein and fiber, is low fat and doesn't have too much sugar.