Can I still eat snacks if I’m trying to lose weight?
When it comes to weight loss, the choices we make between meals can make or break our progress – and our hunger levels! Snacking often gets a bad reputation, but it doesn't have to be the downfall of your weight loss journey. Here at Celebrity Slim, we are advocates for choosing nutritious snacks that support your goals by keeping you satisfied, preventing overeating, and providing essential nutrients in between meals. In this blog post, we'll answer some of your key questions when it comes to snacking during your weight loss and healthy eating programs.
If you are following one of our Celebrity Slim Maintain or Trim programmes, the eating guidelines allow you to have 3 snacks each day to help keep those hunger cravings at bay and provide variety and interest to your diet. Many people choose to eat fruit for their snacks during the day, or fruit with yoghurt in the evening, but if you fancy a savoury snack there are lots of options to choose from such as vegetables, meats, nuts or cheese. Keep reading for some more healthy snack inspiration!
The Celebrity Slim Programme is about changing your eating habits so that you lose feel your best. Snacking is a big part of establishing your new healthy eating habits.
Our day on a plate looks something like this…
Replace 1 meal each day with Celebrity Slim meal replacements.
Enjoy 3 daily healthy snacks.
- Such as fruit, nuts and veggies.
Enjoy 2 healthy, balanced meal.
- With plenty of protein and veggies.
- It is important to drink plenty of water each day - we recommend 2L minimum per day.
One of the great things about Celebrity Slim programmes is the flexibility! Whether you choose the Maintain or Trim programme, you choose what you eat, just remember to follow the core programme guidelines and watch portion sizes. When it comes to healthy snacks avoid carbohydrate rich and sugary foods, opt for healthy fats and high protein snacks.
Why Healthy Snacking Matters for Weight Loss
Snacking plays a crucial role in a weight loss journey. By choosing healthy snacks, you can avoid feeling hungry and making impulsive food choices during mealtime. Snacks can help maintain energy levels throughout the day and prevent dips in blood sugar, which can lead to cravings for unhealthy foods. The key is to make mindful snack choices that align with your overall goals and provide essential nutrients without excess calories.
Nutritional Guidelines for Healthy Snacks
When selecting snacks for weight loss, it's essential to focus on nutrient and healthy ingredient density. Additionally, practicing portion control and mindful eating when enjoying snacks is crucial. It's easy to mindlessly consume more calories than intended, even with healthy options.
Is Fruit a Good Healthy Snack?
Yes, fruit is an excellent choice for a healthy snack. Fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants. They offer natural sweetness while providing hydration, antioxidants, and essential nutrients. However, it's important to practice portion control, especially if you're aiming to lose weight, as some fruits can be much higher in carbohydrate and sugar than others.
Savoury Snack Ideas for Weight Loss
Savoury snacks can be both satisfying and nutritious. Here are some of our favourites to consider:
- Vegetable sticks with a low-fat dip: Crunchy carrot, fresh celery, or sweet bell pepper sticks paired with cream cheese, houmous, or your favourite low-fat dip.
- Small block of cheese (30g) or 2 slices of lean deli meat such as ham or turkey.
- A small handful of nuts such as raw almonds, peanuts, Brazil nuts or pistachios – go easy on salted nuts and avoid any coated nuts as they can be high in sugar!
- Air-popped popcorn with a sprinkle of herbs or a pinch of salt: A guilt-free, low-calorie snack that satisfies your cravings for something crunchy and salty!
Sweet Snack Ideas
You can indulge your sweet tooth without derailing your weight loss goals. Be careful of hidden sugar in store bought snacks! Our recommendation and advice is to stay prepared and have some of these sweet snacks in your cupboard or fridge ready to go!
- Mixed berries with low fat Greek yogurt: A handful of antioxidant-rich berries like blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries paired with creamy low fat Greek yogurt (30g).
- Homemade energy balls: A combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and a touch of honey or peanut butter rolled into bite-sized balls for a burst of energy. We wouldn’t recommend having these every day as although they contain healthy fats, these ingredients are high in calories. They make a delicious healthy snack once in a while!
- A small piece of dark chocolate with almonds: Indulge in a square or two of high-quality dark chocolate paired with a handful of almonds for a satisfying and nutritious snack.
- A piece of fruit! Fruit is always a winning snack as fruit is high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Our top picks are an apple, orange, peach, pear or plum!
Smart Substitutions for Unhealthy Snacks
If you find yourself out and about within access to your new healthy snack selection – don’t panic! We have a few ideas of how to make smart substitutions for your favourite unhealthy snacks. These small changes will make a significant difference in your weight loss journey.
Consider these healthier alternatives:
- Kale chips instead of potato chips: Kale chips offer a crispy texture and are lower in calories and fat compared to traditional potato chips.
- Infused water instead of fizzy drinks or juices: Satisfy your thirst with infused water by adding slices of fruits, herbs, or citrus to a jug of water for a refreshing and flavourful drink.
- Dark Chocolate instead of white or milk chocolate: high-quality dark chocolate is the best chocolate for weight loss. It contains less sugar and will satisfy your sweet craving.
Choosing healthy snacks doesn't mean sacrificing taste or your cravings. By opting for nutrient dense snacks, you can support your weight loss goals while nourishing your body. With these healthy snack ideas, you can stay on track, satisfy your cravings, and reach your weight loss goals with confidence. So, stock up on wholesome snacks, stay committed, and enjoy the journey to a healthier you!