For anyone trying to lose weight, snacking can feel like a guilty pleasure. But it doesn’t have to be. Eating periodic, healthy snacks can be good for you.
“Including snacks in a healthy diet can offer several advantages,” Christina Barth, assistant teaching professor and registered dietician nutritionist (RDN) at Arizona State University, told Newsweek. “They have the potential to boost nutrient intake, maintain consistent energy levels, aid in post-exercise recovery and provide a variety of healthy choices.”
Newsweek asked Barth and other nutrition experts about their favorite snacks for weight loss. Here are their picks:
- Apple Slices With Peanut Butter: Apples are a great source of fiber and Vitamin C. Combined with peanut butter, which has healthy fats and protein, this snack gives you immediate energy and plenty of healthy nutrients to keep going throughout your day. To make this snack, just slice an apple and serve with a tablespoon of peanut butter on the side.
- Bell Peppers With Salsa: Salsa is full of nutrient-rich tomatoes, onions and cilantro. It gets less healthy when we eat it with processed tortilla chips, which are high in sodium and fried in unhealthy oils. Stick to your weight-loss journey by dipping bell pepper strips instead. They offer a great crunch and, cut lengthwise, they’re a perfect salsa vehicle.
Excerpted from Newsweek