While on a diet, you might feel like you have to eat your traditional three meals per day, which can leave you hungry and miserable in between. Fortunately, this is not the case as there are several healthy snacks you can enjoy without losing your progress. If it helps, you should know that some of the most elite athletes in the world eat snacks like these to maintain their energy levels. Below, you will discover a variety of snacks that will tide you over until your next meal, and the best part is that all of these snacks taste like treats. You will be shocked when you continue to lose weight while enjoying these extras.
1. Peanut Butter Apple
Most of you likely already have apples in your refrigerator and a jar of peanut butter in your pantry. However, you likely do not touch either one because you don't really care for the taste of plain apples, and you think peanut butter is high in calories. However, if you take an apple and combine it with ¼ tablespoon of peanut butter, you will be able to enjoy a delicious treat that does not add pounds.
2. Trail Mix
If you are looking for a more-traditional snack, maybe you should consider bringing some trail mix with you to work. You likely have fond memories of enjoying this during holiday dinners, but you probably never knew how healthy it could be. An ounce or two of this per day should keep you refreshed, and you will receive essential nutrients, such as protein as an added bonus.
3. Modified Chips and Salsa
You likely know that traditional chips and salsa are very high in calories unless you only eat a handful, and good luck with that. However, you can substitute for a slightly modified version of chips and salsa by using ½ cup of salsa combined with ¼ cup of diced avocado. You can eat this tasty, yet healthy, snack along with eight tortilla chips. The combination will be less than 10% of your daily calories.
4. Fruity Endeavor
For those of you who are looking for a snack that allows you to get your fruit sources in without eating bland tasting fruits, you should consider the fruity endeavor. This great snack includes ½ cup of sliced fresh mango, a piece of dark chocolate and ten almonds. This sounds like a lot of food, and you actually get to have chocolate; you probably thought that was impossible on a diet. Additionally, the almonds will make you feel fuller than you actually are, and they are very rich in essential nutrients.
5. Sweet Oatmeal
Let’s face it, most of you do not care for the taste of traditional oatmeal, and some of you likely do not even like flavored oatmeal when it does not even taste like the flavor being imitated. The good news is that you are not out of luck when you can choose to make sweet oatmeal. This simple to make treat includes ½ cup of plain oatmeal with the addition of 1 teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of dried cranberries. This snack will leave you wanting more, but luckily, you will be tided over until your next full meal, but there is always tomorrow.
6. Carrot Sticks and Hummus
If you are looking for a creative way to sort of sneak a vegetable source in for the day, and you are not the type to sit and eat a can of green beans, you should consider eating carrot sticks and hummus. When most of you first hear about hummus, you do not recognize it as a well-known type of dip, so you might shy away. However, you will find that hummus is very delicious, so it will make those carrots you hate taste like a 5-star meal. The even better part is that this is a far healthier choice than the traditional carrot sticks and ranch dip.
7. Banana Chips
If you come across the mid-afternoon sweet tooth, and you want to avoid eating a bag of chocolates and gaining your weight back, you should choose to make banana chips. The cool thing about this snack is that you will be able to get a little bit of a chocolate fix, but your body will appreciate the fact that you just snuck another fruit in your stomach. All you will need for this dish is a banana and ¼ cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
8. Fruit and Yogurt
One other easy and delicious snack is fruit and yogurt. For this one, you will want to take plain yogurt and mix it with one cup of diced fruit or one piece of whole fruit. This will be a healthier, and cheaper, variation of flavored yogurt found in supermarkets.