Most women believe that the words “weight loss” and “snacking” lie on opposite ends of the scale. The logic seems pretty obvious here: more eating leads to more calories, more calories leads to more weight gain… so to lose weight, quit snacking, less eating leads to less calories, less calories leads to weight loss, weight loss leads to the resurrection of long-lost favorite pairs of once-upon-a-time-I-was-skinny skinny jeans.
But what if most women are wrong?
“Women” and “wrong”: two more words that are polar opposites; but since we’re on the topic of things that defy logic, let’s go completely out on a limb here…Several studies have shown that women who snack more often are actually more successful at weight loss, and at keeping the weight off in the long run. How is this possible? Simple – the right kind of snacking helps you fight against the ultimate enemy of women’s weight loss: hunger. By staving off hunger, snacking could be just what you need to avoid binging, to manage your appetite, to master proper portion control, to boost your energy level, and to help you make the right food choices that lead to weight loss and improved health.The trick is to snack on the right things, in the right amounts. Snacks of about 100 to 200 calories, that are high in lean protein, healthy fats, fiber and water provide you with the right kinds of fuel to boost your metabolism while helping you feel full until it’s time for your next healthy meal.
Check out these easy and delicious weight loss snacks below, and choose two or three to eat throughout the day between three small, nutritious meals.
5 Delicious Weight Loss Snacks for Women:
1. Apple Slices with Almond Butter Dip
Brazilian researchers found that snacking on three apples a day could dramatically improve women’s weight loss success. Naturally low in calories and high in fiber and water, apples are a perfect way to satisfy a sweet itch. Add one to two tablespoons of almond butter on the side as a tasty dip, and the added protein and healthy fat make this combo an easy, delicious and travel-friendly weight loss snack.
2. Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a low fat, high fiber super food when it comes to women’s weight loss. It’s also an easy snack to pack for work.
In a thermos or heat-resistant container with a lid, combine ½ cup of plain rolled oats, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of crumbled walnuts or pecans, 1 tablespoon of raw pumpkin seeds or chia seeds, one sliced banana and a handful of blueberries. When you’re ready for a snack break, just add boiling water and stir, mashing up the fruit as you go. Poof – you’ve got a warm, gooey weight loss snack that tastes like dessert.
3. Tomato stuffed with Herbed Cottage Cheese
Packed with calcium and protein while also low in calories, cottage cheese can play an important role in women’s weight loss and good health.
Incorporate it into a tasty and visually enticing snack by cutting a large tomato in half and scooping out the innards, creating two cups (store the removed tomato in a zip lock bag and freeze; once you make this snack enough times, you’ll have enough tomato innards to make a fresh tomato soup). Combine one cup of low-fat cottage cheese with freshly cracked black pepper, some sea salt, freshly chopped or dried basil and chives. Then scoop the cottage cheese mixture into the hollowed tomato halves, and savor.
4. Green Kefir Smoothie
Green is the “new black” for women’s weight loss; high in fiber, water and nutrients, with basically no calories to speak of, dark leafy greens are a woman’s best weight loss friend. Kefir is also an excellent food to include into your healthy diet, high in metabolism-boosting and detoxifying probiotics.
In a blender, blend 1 cup of plain kefir, 1 cup of skinned kiwi slices, ½ cup of dark leafy greens (such as spinach, kale, swiss chard, arugula, etc.), 1 banana, 1 teaspoon honey and ½ cup of chia seeds on a high speed, until smooth.
5. Ants on a Log
This may bring back some ol’ childhood snack time memories. But why not? It’s the perfect way to dress up the cliché dieter’s rabbit food after all!
Portion out two tablespoons of unsalted cashew butter, and use it to fill in the hollows of several clean celery sticks. Top each cashew buttered celery stick with a few evenly spaced raisins. Proceed to devour each muddy log with icky bugs on top, while crunching as loudly as you can and giggling with your mouth full.