12 Simple Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss

If you've ever emptied a jar of Nutella in a day, you're probably convinced that snacking is your worst enemy when it comes to weight loss.

Yes but no. Snacks (as you know, the healthy, well-distributed ones) can help keep you from feeling hungry all the time and quitting your diet.

Still, making your own perfectly sized snacks is much easier said than done. (Honestly, who knew that a serving of peanut butter was just two crappy tablespoons ?!)

Make your life easier and whip up these delicious, healthy nutritionist-approved snacks for weight loss.

12 Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss

1. Mixture of Nuts

mix of nuts healthy snacks

My Perfect Healthy Snack combines a bit of each of the macronutrients - protein, carbohydrates, and fat. I love relying on the combination of nuts and fruits. A small handful of nut mix is one of my favorite snacks that won't spoil my appetite for my next meal.

How to make: Combine equal parts dried fruit with no added sugar and unroasted, unsalted nuts. Take about 60g of the mixture when you are feeling hungry.

Per serving: 163 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated), 19 g carbohydrates, 13 g sugar, 3 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

2. Greek yogurt with nuts and berries

yogurt nuts and red fruits healthy snacks

Adding a handful of nuts to Greek yogurt is a great protein and probiotic snack. A small handful of red berries or other pieces of fruit will add texture and sweetness, in addition to fiber. It might sound trite, but it's a classic snack for good reason.

How to make:  Mix in a bowl 125 g of Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts and 125 g of red fruits.

Per serving: 205 calories, 11 g of fat (0 g saturated), 13 g of carbohydrates, 7 g of sugar, 43 mg of sodium, 1 g of fiber, 16 g of protein.

3. Small carrots and hummus

hummus and carrots healthy snacks
Carrots with hummus is a great snack that will delight your taste buds.

How to make:  Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of paprika over 60 g of plain hummus. Eat with 250 g of baby carrots.

Per serving: 236 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated), 27 g carbohydrate, 12 g sugar, 416 mg sodium, 10 g fiber, 6 g protein.

4. 'Banana split'

banana split healthy snacks
I offer you a healthy take on the classic dessert by slicing a banana in half, then garnishing it with Greek yogurt and nuts of your choice. It's a delicious mix of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. Most importantly, it's great fun to eat.

How to do it:  Slice a small banana in half vertically. Garnish the banana with 60g Greek yogurt and 2 tablespoons of nuts of your choice.

Per serving: 242 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 33 g carbohydrates, 18 g sugar, 23 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein.

5. An egg on toast

egg on toast healthy snacks
This healthy snack is ideal for breakfast lovers. It's as satisfying as a meal, but the smaller size won't weigh you down. I recommend using hard-boiled eggs for convenience as you can make them ahead of time. You can also opt for a scrambled or fried egg.

How to make:  Toast a slice of wholemeal bread. Cover with an egg cooked according to your preferences.

Per serving: 182 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 20 g carbohydrates, 4 g sugar, 221 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein.

6. Chocolate protein shake

protein powder healthy snacks
A protein shake is a great snack when you need something substantial until the next meal.

Studies show that protein powders can help you gain muscle, lose fat, and improve your body composition.

There are many great protein powders on the market. Look for types with no added sugar.

Mix in a blender, 225 ml of unsweetened almond milk, 1 tablespoon of protein powder. Blend until smooth.

per serving: 150 calories, 25g protein, depending on the type of protein powder you are using.

7. Edamame with sea salt

edamame healthy snacks
I like to add a little sea salt to a serving of delicious edamame. Along with vegetable protein, you get fiber and a healthy dose of potassium.

How to make:  Add to 125 g of peeled edamame 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

Per serving: 140 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 8 g carbohydrates, 2 g sugar, 481 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.

8. Apple, chocolate, and peanut butter nachos

apple and peanut butter healthy snacks
Sounds crazy, but it's actually a well-balanced snack. You'll get protein and lots of fiber, which will help slow down the digestion of the little added sugar in dark chocolate (thus avoiding a mid-afternoon crash).

How to make: Slice a medium apple, then add 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and 15 g of melted dark chocolate.

Per serving: 253 calories, 13 g of fat (4 g saturated), 35 g of carbohydrates, 25 g of sugar, 74 mg of sodium, 7 g of fiber, 4 g of protein.

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9. Grilled chickpeas

grilled chickpeas healthy snacks
If you're craving something salty and crunchy, grilled chickpeas are a much better option than crisps, thanks to their combination of protein and fiber.

How to make: Rinse and drain a can of chickpeas, then toss them with 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, pepper, and any spices of your choice. Roast at 180° C for 30 minutes. Let cool slightly and enjoy. One batch makes three servings.

Per serving: 160 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g sugar, 292 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein.

10. Toast with almond butter

The almond butter toast is my favorite snack. It's so heartwarming and delicious!

How to make: Spread 1 tablespoon of almond butter (or nut or seed butter of your choice) on a slice of wholemeal bread.

Per serving: 233 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated), 23 g carbohydrates, 2 g sugar, 227 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein.

11. Homemade popcorn

pop corn healthy snacks
Popcorn is high in fiber, low in fat, and provides some protein. A 30g serving contains 4g of fiber, almost 4g of protein, and just over 1g of fat. This combination makes for a snack that will help keep you full.

How to make: In a large saucepan, sauté 3 tablespoons of popcorn kernels in 1/2 tablespoon of rapeseed oil. Garnish with your favorite herbs or spices.

Per serving: 110 calories, 6 g of fat (1 g saturated), 28 g of carbohydrates, 0 g of sugar, 15 mg of sodium, 4 g of fiber, 4 g of protein.

12. Chia seed pudding

chia pudding healthy snacks
Chia seeds are high in fiber and can be included in all types of diets, including vegan and ketogenic diets.

They are also very high in antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and improve heart health.

Although they don't have a great taste, they take on a gelatinous consistency when soaked in liquid. Chia seed pudding is a satisfying snack with less than 200 calories.

How to make:  Combine 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 100 ml of plant-based milk in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Stir in cocoa powder, peanut butter, and maple syrup, or other natural sweeteners.