Achieving a lean look might start in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself to skinniness. The key to maintaining a well-balanced diet is staying satiated throughout the day so that your hand doesn’t reach for the metaphorical cookie jar. That means that you can (and should) eat between meals, but you should also make sure you’re eating snacks that will work for you rather than against you.
We’ve rounded up 10 satiating snacks that will fill you up the healthy way and help you lose weight. Swap out the store bought chemical-laden granola bars and cookies, and swap them for these homemade bites. They’re made with whole ingredients that are sure to satisfy your stomach and your taste buds.
1. Nut Butter and Yogurt-Dipped Fruit
First up is an easy recipe from Cooking Light. Take your favorite fruit and dip it in nut butter and Greek yogurt. Stick it in the freezer, wait 20 minutes, and then enjoy. By dipping your fruit in nut butter and yogurt, you add to the fiber and protein content of your snack, guaranteeing it’ll satiate you for longer. Instead of only snacking on fruit that will probably keep you full for no more than 10 minutes, dip it in Greek yogurt and nut butter, and you’ll enjoy the enriched taste and nutrient content that’ll keep you satiated till your next meal.
- 1 pint fresh strawberries
- 1 cup unsweetened, dried apricots
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cups 2% Greek Yogurt
- ⅓ cup unsalted, creamy almond butter warmed in the microwave
Directions: Mix honey with yogurt. If not freezing, mix in the almond butter straight into the yogurt and eat. If freezing, dip the fruit into the honey-yogurt mixture then add another layer by dipping the fruit into the warm almond butter. Add toppings or freeze for 20 minutes.