This article has been Fact-Checked by Kendall Kennedy MS, RD, RYT
Whether it’s because you are hungry, you need a break or you are just craving for something tasty, we all need a snack sometimes.
However, you can’t just eat any snack you want when we’re trying to lose weight. That would set you back pretty hard. Discover these 11 healthy snacks for weight loss.
1. Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella cheese
If you have never tried this combination you need to put this on your grocery list.
This snack is not only extremely delicious it’s also pretty healthy.
Mozzarella is a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin B12.
Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, potassium and lycopene an antioxidant that protects against cell damage.
150 grams of cherry tomatoes combined with 60 grams of mozzarella contains under 200 calories.
If you want to take it to a higher level, you can add some basil to enhance the taste even more.
2. Greek yogurt with your favorite berries
This combination of goodness makes for a delicious, micronutrient rich snack.
Greek yogurt helps you get your daily portion of calcium, potassium and protein.
Berries are a great source of antioxidants, micronutrients and fiber.
The ratio of berries to yogurt lies in your hands.
3. Cottage cheese with flax seeds and cinnamon
Each of these ingredients has impressive health benefits on their own. Together they also make a tasty and healthy snack.
An example of a tasty ratio is 80 grams of cottage cheese, 15 grams of flax seeds and 5 grams of cinnamon.
4. Celery sticks with a healthy dip
Celery has its proponents and opponents but it needs to be on this list.
Combine this with some cream cheese or humus and your tasty break is ready.
5. Hard-boiled eggs
Eggs contain plenty of important micronutrients and protein. They are great in filling you up.
They are also easy to prepare.
6. A piece of cheese
A simple piece of cheese can be a great snack. It is pretty filling but does contain a decent amount of calories so make sure you don’t overdo it!
Not everyone reacts well to cheese. For example, if you’re lactose intolerant you might want to stay away from certain kinds of cheese.
Olives are a must have in your diet and they make a great snack too.
You can eat them on their on own, with some feta cheese, or as addition to a healthy salad.
Shrimp are a great source of protein. You can find them pre-prepared in most stores.
Keep in mind that some kinds of sauce on them are high in things like sugar. Keep an eye on the nutrition label when shopping for these snacks.
9. Beef jerky
Seeing beef jerky in this list might be surprising to some people. Per definition jerky is a dried piece of meat with some salt on it. A snack like this will help you feel fuller while adding more protein to your diet. Protein is arguably the best macronutrient for weight loss.
The problem is that many brands add sugar, sweeteners, a lot of salt, and preservatives to their beef jerky. This changes beef jerky from a weight loss friendly snack to an “avoid this” snack.
If you pick the right brands of beef jerky it can be a great weight loss snack. If you already consume a lot of salt you might want to stay away from beef jerky anyway.
Also keep in mind that too much protein isn’t good either.
10. Sunflower seeds and pistachios
These guys are perfect when you have a habit of eating out of boredom if you buy them unpeeled.
That way you will have something to do while at the same time not overeating on unhealthy snacks.
Even when you eat them slower than if you would unpeeled, sunflower seeds and pistachios still contain quite the amount of calories.
Cucumber is a health snack that certainly deserves a spot on this list.
Easy to prepare, easy to eat, source of micronutrients. Just as you like it when you’re trying to lose weight.
Snacking doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Upgrade your breaks with these 11 healthy snacks for weight loss.
Changing up your snacks can boost your weight loss a little bit. However, if you’re serious about losing weight you should make other changes in your diet plan as well.