WOW Healthy Snacks & Grocery List For Weight Loss

by Sam Richards on February 22, 2015

Healthy Snacking Grocery Lists are the secret to improved health and weight loss.  Learn to include low-fat, healthy substitutions for your favorite snacks, and try to include one or two new foods.

If the new, healthy snacks are ready-to-eat or quickly prepared and the old, unhealthy versions are still sitting on the store’s shelves, you can snack your way to a healthier you!

Delicious, Healthy Snacks

Replace high-fat nachos with this healthier version. Sprinkle shredded Monterey Jack cheese on baked tortilla chips and microwave for about 10 seconds to melt the cheese. Top with salsa, black olives, and jalapenos. Enjoy!

Air-popped popcorn is a much better choice than microwave popcorn. It can be topped with grated cheese, cinnamon and stevia, or just eaten plain. Popcorn supplies both antioxidants and fiber, both of which are beneficial for a healthy diet.

Edamame is a great anytime snack, not just to be nibbled on at the sushi bar. These steamed or boiled shelled soybeans are low-calorie and provide both antioxidants and protein. One-half cup of shelled beans is about 100 calories.

Portion control is important. Include single-serving snacks on your eating healthy grocery list or use plastic snack bags to create pre-portioned healthy snacks that taste good. It’s easy to grab just one!

Snack and Lose Weight

Thin-sliced turkey is a must on a weight loss grocery list. Make a delicious 75 calorie low-carb turkey wrap with 3 slices of turkey spread with honey mustard, topped with sliced apple, sliced tomato, pickles or a little cranberry sauce and wrapped in lettuce. Large lettuce leaves make a delicious bread substitute to wrap around many hot or cold fillings.

Hot, spicy apples make a quick and tasty snack on a cold day. Put apple wedges into a microwave-safe dish, toss with a pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar, cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. The apple provides filling fiber and is only 90 calories.

There are many low-fat muffin recipes available online for luscious, 200 calorie or less versions of everyone’s most-loved muffins. Include the ingredients on a healthy grocery list for weight loss and make a batch of your favorite muffins to freeze. For healthy snacking later, about 20 seconds in the microwave is all that’s necessary for a tasty, hot, low-fat muffin to enjoy with a favorite weight loss drink.

Healthy Snacking Grocery Lists should include food from each food group as well as weight loss bars and weight loss herbs. Gymnema Sylvestre, for example, fools the body’s perception of sweetness, helpful when cutting back on sweets.

Healthy Bedtime Snacks

Cherries, raw or juiced, are one of the best healthy snacks before bed as cherries contain melatonin, a sleep aid. Bananas are a fabulous snack any time of day or night, as they contain sleep-inducing carbs as well as potassium and magnesium, natural muscle relaxers valuable for brain and heart health.

A glass of warm milk contains tryptophan, and helps many people drift off to sleep. Another good drink before bedtime is a cup of non-caffeinated chamomile or valerian tea.

Kashi or shredded wheat are healthy complex carbs that make a good bedtime snack with skim milk. Find the snack that works the best for a restful night’s sleep and make it part of a bedtime ritual.

The worst bedtime snacks are high-fat, salty foods, alcohol, energy drinks and caffeine.

Healthy Snacks During Pregnancy

Put the blender to work whipping up a delicious smoothie with nonfat yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit (frozen fruit makes a thicker smoothie). Don’t use a lot of fruit juice, as the juice is high in calories.

Especially during the third trimester, eating smaller meals more frequently is often the most appealing to a pregnant mom’s appetite. Pack a lot of nutrition into these large snacks or mini-meals. Make whole-wheat English muffin pizza with tomato or spaghetti sauce, shredded mozzarella and the veggie topping of choice. A few minutes under the broiler is all it takes for delicious, healthy, home-made pizza.

A bowl of a high-fiber cereal with skim or low-fat milk and topped with fresh berries is one of the best healthy snacks for pregnant women. The combo provides fiber, vitamins and minerals from the fortified cereal, calcium from the milk, and more fiber plus vitamin C and antioxidants from the berries.

Fruit is a great snack but look for organic products to avoid the pesticide residue on non-organic fruit. Otherwise, wash all fruit thoroughly.

Athletes Need Energy Snacks

An active body needs fuel, protein, carbohydrates and some fat. One of the best healthy snacks for athletes is a peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole grain bread. This will supply the nutrients and calories an athlete needs.

An athlete’s healthy grocery list should contain an assortment of nuts, dried fruit, pretzels and granola for a homemade trail mix chock full of simple carbs, good fat, and protein. Jerky is another good take-along snack. The sodium helps to prevent cramping when sweating heavily.

Cut up raw vegetables and a low-fat yogurt dip are good for snacking anytime.

Healthy snacks should be an important part of everyone’s lifestyle. The right snacks will help with weight loss, overall health, and provide a needed energy boost. Here’s to better health through snacking!


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