Healthy Snacking Tips

When your schedule is hectic, a fast snack is the key to staving off hunger when you don’t have time to prepare and eat a full meal. Unfortunately, many prepackaged snack foods are high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and salt. These fill you with low-quality calories that counteract your weight loss efforts.

The trick is to stock up on healthy snacks comprised of real, fresh foods. High-protein, low-carb choices give you energy and help you feel satisfied longer. Here are a few healthy snack ideas to keep you going during a long, busy day.

  • Almonds or pistachios: Nuts provide protein and heart-healthy fats that take the edge off your hunger after just a few bites.
  • Greek yogurt and fruit: Greek yogurt boasts more protein and less sugar than regular yogurt. To make it even more delicious and filling, top a container of Greek yogurt with fresh berries.
  • Veggies and hummus: Fresh vegetables make great on-the-go snacks, but they aren’t high in protein on their own. Hummus, which is made from chickpeas, rounds out this healthy snack idea.
  • Celery and peanut butter: Celery is loaded with nutrients, but it’s one of the least-filling vegetables out there. Pair it with organic peanut butter for a healthy snack that offers a satisfying crunch.
  • Tuna on Cucumber Chips: Most fish is high in protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and tuna is no exception. Spread tuna salad on a few cucumber slices for a healthy, well-rounded snack.
  • Hard-boiled eggs: Not only are eggs nutritious and full of protein, but they’re also very versatile. Hard-boiled eggs are portable snacks you can take with you for a fullness-promoting snack between meals.
  • Cottage cheese and apple slices: Cottage cheese is a filling snack you can eat on the go. Have it with a few apple slices to boost your vitamin C and dietary fiber intake.

At LeanMD, we have devised a meal planning system complete with recipes, shopping lists and seven-day meal plans. We encourage our patients to eat real, fresh foods – not pre-packaged meals or shakes that lack a long-term strategy for maintaining your weight once the diet is over. Our weight loss program is convenient, flexible and tailored to your needs to ensure you get the results you’re after!

To learn more healthy snacking tips, or to start down the path to permanent weight loss, please call one of the LeanMD Mentors near you in California, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, or Oregon today.

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