When you are trying to shed weight, it’s not just the breakfast, lunch, and dinner that you need to make weight loss friendly, the snacks need to be healthy and low in calories as well. Healthy snacks would keep hunger in check, energy levels up, and reduce the likelihood of overeating over the next meal. When we stay hungry for long periods, we are more likely to binge eat during the next main meal. But individuals who want to shed extra weight find it extremely challenging to pick snacks that would help reach their goals. Snacks that are easily available in grocery stores may not always be the healthiest options around, in fact, they can be extremely high in calories with sugar as one of the main ingredients, that can completely sabotage weight loss goals. As we all know, individuals need to cut down added sugar as much as possible from their daily diet, but many snacks that are marketed as “healthy” or “low-fat,” still contain sugar (even the salty potato chips have some amount of added sugar to appeal to the tastebuds of consumers). People may be misled by such marketing claims and end up consuming snacks with a high sugar content, hindering their weight loss progress. As mentioned above, we need to find snacks that are both satisfying and conducive to weight loss. So, ditch those biscuits, cookies, doughnuts, candies and pick these 10 No-Added Sugar Snacks For Weight Loss.
1. Boiled Eggs with Green Chutney:
This one would make a good pre/post workout meal – Eggs are a good source of protein and the green chutney adds so much flavour and freshness to the eggs. Boil a few eggs and to prepare the green chutney with coriander, mint, ginger, garlic, green chillies, and lemon juice along with just a bit of salt. Cut the boiled eggs into halves on a plate and generously spoon the green chutney over them. Optionally, garnish with additional coriander leaves or a sprinkle of chaat masala. Also read: “10 Reasons Why Eggs are Good For Weight Loss.”
2. Roasted Chivda:
Flattened rice, also called “poha,” is a versatile food with dietary fiber, which promotes satiety and also low in calories. Its versatility allows for various healthy preparations, making it a convenient choice for weight loss-friendly recipes, and roasted chivda is one such snack. Roasted chivda, also known as “spiced flattened rice” or “poha chivda,” can be made using just a tablespoon of oil and a handful of peanuts, a few cashew nuts, green chillies and curry leaves. This is a low-calorie but highly healthy Indian snack you would absolutely love along with a cup of chai.
3. Baked Quinoa Chips:
Quinoa has complex carbs, protein, and other nutrients. You can make chips out of quinoa in an oven with cooked quinoa, olive oil, salt, and other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, dried herbs like oregano, etc. You can also store these chips in an air-tight container to have it along with your regular cup of chai.
4. Seasonal Fruits along with Other Nutrient-Dense Foods:
Health experts recommend seasonal fruits over out-of-season varieties, because the former are harvested at their peak ripeness, grown in their natural conditions, and tend to retain maximum nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals. You can pair these seasonal fruits with ingredients like Greek yogurt, nuts like walnuts and almonds, almond butter, peanut butter to make them more nutrient dense. Having a portion of seasonal fruits would also satisfy your sugar cravings.
5. Peanut Butter with 100% Whole Wheat Bread:
Peanut butter is a good source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber, while 100% whole wheat bread provides complex carbohydrates, additional fiber, and essential nutrients. Combining the two creates a balanced snack with a mix of macronutrients that can help keep you satisfied and energized.
6. Baked Khakra:
Probably the most famous Gujarati snack, khakra is available in different varieties such as jeera, methi, bajra, ragi, whole wheat, etc., and they are a perfect low-calorie accompaniment for your evening chai. Do remember that it should not have sugar or too much oil, and should not fried – pick the baked varieties available.
7. Steamed Sweet Corn:
Yes, it’s a weight-loss friendly snack but do remember to have it “without butter.” With its natural sweetness and low calorie content, steamed corn is a satisfying option for those looking to support weight loss goals. Corn is high in fiber, aiding digestion and promoting a feeling of fullness. Being low in calories, steamed corn is diet-friendly snack that would tickle your tastebuds as well. If you want some extra flavor, you can add lemon juice, chilli flakes, onion, tomatoes, ground cumin, and even jalapenos without adding unnecessary calories or unhealthy ingredients.
8. Bhuna Bhutta (Roasted Corn on the Cob):
During the monsoon season, you can find them in every nook and corner! And if you are wondering whether bhutta is weight loss friendly or not, go ahead, it’s low in calories and healthy tool; particularly the street side ones roast them fresh and avoid unnecessary ingredients (with just salt and lime juice to add flavour). Bhuna Butta is a delicious and popular snack which we think you should enjoy, whether you are on a diet or not.
9. Rice Cakes with Nut Butter:
Rice cakes are relatively low in calories and provide a satisfying crunch without contributing significant calories to your diet. Opt for whole grain rice cakes and spread a thin layer of natural nut butter like almond or peanut butter. This snack provides a good balance of carbohydrates from the rice cake and protein and healthy fat content from the nut butter. Also read: “Almond Butter or Peanut Butter – Which One is Healthier?”
10. Chia Pudding:
Chia seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber. When chia seeds are mixed in a liquid medium, they expand, creating a gel-like consistency. The high fiber content promotes a feeling of fullness and can help control appetite, reducing the likelihood of overeating. Make a delicious chia pudding using unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk, chia seeds, nuts, and fresh fruits to enjoy a dessert-like healthy snack.
We would have suggested muesli also, but most of the packaged varieties add liquid glucose, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugary syrups, along with added flavour and artificial colors as well. It’s best to skip muesli unless you are very sure that the ingredients wouldn’t hamper your goals.
Overall, if your entire diet is not on point, these snacks wouldn’t be of much help. For elaborate diet plans and to lose weight successfully, subscribe to the Rati Beauty app.