by Caitlin H,
May 22, 2023
Do you often find yourself staring at the snack machine at the office or scanning the pantry at home between meals?
Feeling hungry all the time can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to weight loss, especially if you eat unhealthy foods like chips or candy all day. Unfortunately, these foods that are high in sodium or sugar will only satisfy you for a short time.
That’s why it’s essential to stock your pantry or office with healthy snacks packed with nutrients like fiber and protein.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 12 hearty, healthy, simple snacks that can break the cycle of hunger and keep you satisfied and energized all day long.
Jerky is more than just a road trip item. It’s also a great, tasty option for a weeknight snack because it’s packed with protein. The wide variety of flavors ensures you won’t get bored, and some places even have vegetarian options.
Yogurt is known as a high-calcium dairy product. But in all that creamy deliciousness is a good amount of protein too! Snacking on one of these at 2pm instead of chocolate is a much healthier option.
Edamame is nutritionally dense and will definitely give you the energy boost you need in the afternoon. It’s packed with fiber, soy protein, and vitamin K, and its savory flavor makes it a great chip substitute!
Raspberries are just the thing if you’re looking for a natural source of fiber. One cup only has about 65 calories, but those calories yield about 8 grams of dietary fiber. Their tart flavor makes them a great choice, especially on hot, sunny days!
Ah, nature’s butter. Avocados may be high in calories, but they’re also a perfect choice if you find yourself particularly hungry one afternoon. That’s because they’re packed with heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats and fiber. Sprinkle 1/2 of an avocado with a little salt and enjoy.
Pears are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins C and K, and potassium. They have a rich, juicy taste to satisfy your hunger and thirst at the same time. Gift! Women may find that eating a pear at least a few days a week helps keep their cycles regular, too!
Popcorn with air
Many of us only think about popcorn when we sit down to enjoy a movie on a Friday night. But it’s also a savory, high-fiber, low-calorie treat for any time of day!
Sunflower seeds have it all — magnesium, fiber, vitamin E, zinc, phosphorus, protein, unsaturated fats — you name it. These crunchy little delights are fun to nibble on when you’re up to your elbows in a complicated project and need something silly but satisfying to enjoy.
Almonds often make it onto healthy snack lists—and for good reason! They’re a great substitute for high-sodium chips, and their protein-packed, crunchy texture is sure to bring back all the deliciousness again and again.
There’s a reason people in Middle Eastern countries have been growing and eating chickpeas for thousands of years. Chickpeas are a rich source of fiber, vitamins and minerals and may help improve your digestion too! You can buy a pre-made snack version or mix them with some olive oil, salt and cayenne pepper and bake them at 450 degrees for 15 minutes ahead of time!
Hard boiled egg
It’s no secret that eggs are filling and full of protein. It’s one of America’s most popular breakfast foods, and the hard-boiled varieties are the perfect choice for an afternoon pick-me-up. Sprinkle it with a little salt and dive right in, any time of day.
Pepitas are green pumpkin seed kernels with a slight (but strong!) flavor. They are full of antioxidants, healthy fats and iron, all of which improve bone health and promote fullness and energy. You can usually find prepackaged versions at grocery stores or order them online. If you’ve never tried pepitas, there’s no time like the present!
Snacking between meals doesn’t have to derail your diet. Make simple, healthier choices to keep that energy level on point and your hunger at bay!
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about connecting with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key and people will have the most success losing weight if they engage in common sense healthy eating and fitness.