If you’ve ever snacked your way through a jar of Nutella in a day, you ‘re probably pretty damn convinced that snacking is your worst enemy when it comes to weight loss.
But yeah, no. Snacks (you know, the good, well-served kind) can help ensure you don’t get so damn hungry you just say “screw it!” and give up on your whole diet.
If you choose healthy, whole-food options with a lot of protein and nutrients, snacks can be integral to weight loss. Some can even help keep you full throughout the day and limit your cravings for unhealthy foods
Here are 15 healthy, weight-loss-friendly snacks to add to your healthy diet.
1. Mixed Nuts
Nuts are an ideal nutritious snack. They’re linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and may help prevent certain cancers, depression, and other illnesses. Despite being relatively high in fat, they are very filling. Several studies suggest that eating nuts in moderation can help you lose weigh. 2. Yoghurt with nuts and berries
Plain Greek yogurt and berries make a delicious, nutrient-dense snack. In addition to being a great source of calcium and potassium, Greek yogurt is also high in protein. Berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants around. Eat a mixture of differently coloured berries to get an array of these powerful compounds. Combining 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of plain, full-fat Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup (50 grams) of mixed berries provides about 10 grams of protein and under 150 calories. 3. Egg and Avocado on toast
This healthy snack is great for breakfast lovers—it’s as satisfying as a meal, but the slightly smaller portion size won’t weigh you down. 4. Crispy sweet potato fries
Fast food fries are a classic weakness in the snack-attack. That’s why you can instead bake some sweet potato fries for a snack without all the grease that’s crispy and tender. Per serving: 263 calories, 7.1 g fat, 47.4 g carbs, 6.8 g fiber, 3.6 g protein 5. Chocolate milk
This might seem like just something for kids, but it’s actually a pretty great snack—especially for replenishing post-workout thanks to the simple carbs from the chocolate and the milk’s lactose Per serving: 174 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated), 25 g carbs, 21 g sugar, 134 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein. 6. Protein cookie dough
This healthy protein cookie dough is the perfect sweet treat to cure that sweet tooth and uses just three basic ingredients, with options to amp it up or keep it as it is! Depending on the base you use, it can be low in carbs, high in fiber and completely sugar free! 7. Almond Joy protein balls
It’s almost impossible to avoid the candy bowl at the office around 3 p.m. every day—unless you’ve got one or two of these Almond Joy-flavored bites sitting in the fridge calling your name. Indulge without spoiling your appetite for later. Per serving (1 ball): 109 calories, 7 g fat, 9 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein 8. Chocolate-covered banana pops
We all love dipping bananas in melted chocolate and rolling them in coconut to make this tasty frozen treat. Something about eating food on a stick just makes it more fun—especially when that food is covered in chocolate and tastes like it should have way more calories than it does. Per serving (1 pop): 144 calories, 9 g fat, 21 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 2 g protein 9. Roasted chickpeas
If you’re craving something salty and crunchy, roasted chickpeas are a much better option than chips thanks to their combo of protein and fiber. Per serving: 160 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 17 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 292 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein. 10. Creamy dragon fruit smoothie bowl
This smoothie bowl is a great way to experiment with dragon fruit if you’ve never tried it before, blending the tropical fruit with raspberries, bananas, and protein powder for a filling snack. Per serving (1 bowl): 225 calories, 1.6 g fat, 48 g carbs, 10.4 g fiber, 8.1 g protein 11. Sugar-free coconut carob bars
Put down the Hershey’s bar and pick up one of these sugar-free bars instead. Made with nutrient-rich carob powder (which is similar to cocoa powder but sweeter), it’s a powerhouse of tasty but good-for-you ingredients. You could even couple it with some fresh fruit or a small serving of nonfat Greek yogurt. Per serving (1 bar): 120 calories, 11.2 g fat, 5 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, 1.2 g protein 12. Cajun-spiced savoury trail mix
Trade your standard trail mix for this cajun-spiced one, which throws some unique mix-ins (edamame, pumpkin seeds, and crushed tortilla chips) together with paprika, cayenne, and crushed chili flakes for a snack that will fire you up during your afternoon slump. Per serving (1 popsicle): 203 calories, 14.4 g fat, 13.5 g carbs, 2.8 g fiber, 8 g protein 13. Cranberry pistachio dark chocolate bark
Heads-up, chocolate lovers: this cranberry pistachio bark is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Pair it with a handful of fat-free berries to round out this sweet afternoon indulgence. Per serving (1 oz): 126 calories, 8.1 g fat, 15.3 g carbs, 2.1 g fiber, 2.6 g protein
Hummus is made from cooked and mashed chickpeas that are blended with tahini or olive oil, then used as a dip or spread. Veggies are fantastic, nutrient-dense foods to pair with hummus. To enjoy this snack on the go, simply place some carrot or celery sticks vertically in a portable container with hummus in the bottom. A 1/3-cup serving (82 grams) contains 4 grams of protein, making it a filling snack that’s also high in many other nutrients 15. Homemade Granola
Granola is a baked snack that consists of rolled oats, nuts, and a sweetener like honey. It makes a filling snack due to its protein content. Most types of granola provide at least 4 grams of protein per ounce. Store-bought granola tends to be high in added sugar, which can be avoided by making your own granola at home. All you have to do is bake oats, dried fruit, and seeds together. Although it’s healthy in moderation, granola is quite high in calories. One cup provides almost 600 calories, so it’s easy to overdo it. To keep your intake in check, stick with a serving size of about 1/4 cup.