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Healthy evening snacks sound rather like an oxymoron, right? And snacks that actually support your weight loss efforts? Pfft! No such things exist!
When you are trying to lose weight, you know your taste buds are in for some trying times. Homemade trail mix, air-popped popcorn, plain whole grain crackers, and celery sticks are it. Am I right?
You know how it is… your goal is weight loss and you are focussed on it, razor sharp. You are nailing your breakfast, your lunch, your daily exercise routine, water, sleep…
But come tea time, everything goes out of the window.
Fixing a post-school snack for the kids becomes a losing battle as your deprived self inhales the unhealthy snacks and drinks the kids insist on eating. In go the potato chips and Ribena, down the toilet goes your regimented diet.
Rinse, lather, repeat.
What if I can suggest a great way for you to avoid this circus, by giving you ideas for the right snacks that support a healthy lifestyle?
Low-calorie snacks can fit into a healthy diet!
Snacks that are healthy foods, that are a good source of protein, contain essential nutrients and enough grams of fiber to keep you satisfied, and are altogether the healthier alternative to support your weight loss goals.
What was that? “You must be joking, Dave, I want no dry rice cakes and hard-boiled eggs?” Well, you won’t.
When I say ‘healthy alternative’, I mean healthy snack options that will keep your blood sugar levels and energy levels on an even keel, easy snacks that won’t take you ages to put together, and healthy treat options that are also great fun to eat.
According to James, our guy for all things nutrition, a healthy snack that supports your weight loss journey should contain:
- At least 5g protein (the more the merrier!)
- <3g saturated fat
- minimum 2g fiber (again, the more the merrier!)
- Between 200 – 250 kcals Per Serving
The idea is to aim for ‘natural snacks’ based on fruits, vegetables, wholegrain carbohydrates, dairy, etc – vegetable batons with hummus, avocado on toast, and such. Simple recipes that contain some nutritional value.
Top tip: try to stay away from any processed snacks or ones that include simple, non-nutritious forms of carbs like honey, maple syrup, or refined grains like white bread.
If weight loss is your ultimate goal and you are struggling to hit it, why not take a look at our 7-day Vegetarian Weight Loss Meal Plan? (Psst! It’s free!)
Aaaaanyway, are you sold on our utterly cool collection of snacks that aid your weight loss efforts? Well, don’t take my word for it. Dive right in and see for yourself!
Here’s what healthy evening snacks for weight loss look like!
Bonus: the perfect summer drink to keep you full for a long time
One of the best-tasting smoothies around. Simply delicious, and simply quick.
Bonus: beat that craving back the healthy way!
These perfect little protein cookies made with protein powder are the best snacks to have while traveling. Don’t forget to share!
Smashed Cucumber and Edamame (vegan protein snack)
Ready in:10 minutes
Bonus: perfect snack whether on the go or while chilling on the couch
This nutritious smashed cucumber and edamame vegan protein snack is a great recipe to have in your repertoire. Make it in super quick time to eat at home or grab it on the go!
Bonus: pudding for a snack, that too with 8g of protein per serving? Getouttahere!
After a modest but delicious snack recipe? One that can double up as a delicious dessert? Try our custard pudding, flavored with cardamom & topped with strawberries!
Bonus: the angelic snack to aid in your weight loss efforts
How do you want your deviled eggs? Check out our stuffed eggs recipe – complete with special taste boosters.
- In a pot of boiling water add eggs. Simmer for 10 minutes and then transfer to an ice water bath to cool completely.
- Peel and cut eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop out the cooked yolk and process in the food processor with the avocado, lemon juice, jalapeño, cilantro, garlic powder, salt, pepper and water.
¼ ripe avocado, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp cilantro/coriander, fresh, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, Black pepper to taste, 1 tsp jalapeño, 1 tbsp water
- Fill the whites with the deviled egg mixture. Finish with chopped chives, paprika and salt.
½ tbsp chives, ¼ tsp paprika, ¼ tsp salt
Mediterranean Baked Ricotta Muffins
Ready in:25 minutes
Bonus: so good you’ll likely find yourself working out more often just to eat these ricotta muffins!
Mediterranean Baked Ricotta Muffins. High protein meets high flavor in these delicious ricotta muffins, perfect as a filling snack or post-gym meal.
Bonus: this snack is a great option for party appetizers too
Gỏi cuốn – these summer rolls are easy, authentic, and require absolutely no cooking. We’ve even included two simple sauces to-die-for!
Bonus: make a large batch for when the hunger pangs strike
No complicated cooking steps means this refreshing carrot and ginger soup is ready in just ten easy minutes, and perfect for any weather. Take the stress out of cooking.
Bonus: travels well; perfect for picnics
Quick and delicious veggie side dish. High Protein, low carb, vegan, and done within 10-12 minutes. In my opinion a must-have recipe.
Bonus: overnight breakfasts FTW!
Chia breakfast pudding packs a lot of healthy goodness into a small package! Meet tomorrow’s breakfast! (Or today’s snack!)
What’s a good snack for losing belly fat?
Belly fat is a result of visceral fat that wraps around your vital organs such as the liver and the abdominal organs. To get rid of this harmful fat, our diet must be rich in unprocessed foods – whole grains, complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats.
What’s the healthiest evening snack?
A snack that has got a good amount of protein, very little saturated fat, and isn’t too high in calories to tip your calorie deficient on its head is the healthiest snack.
Can’t go wrong with any of these!
Is it okay to snack before bed?
Ideally, if weight loss is your goal, it is better to wind up your day’s eating at least a couple of hours prior to bedtime. Hitting the sack right after eating isn’t really conducive to weight loss.
If you really need to have something, going for something that will not require much effort from your digestive system is a good option. In that sense, the best healthy late-night snacks are soothing teas like chamomile tea and lavender tea, which will calm you down, ready to catch those Zs.
So, what do you think? Have I given you ideas for a delicious snack or two? The next time the hunger pang hits at 4.00 pm, ditch the junk food and go for any one of the great healthy snacks we have listed here.
Your waist and your heart (and your cholesterol levels!) will thank you!
As always, we are eager to hear from you. So do tell us how you fared, in the comments section below!