Snacking is an essential component to your weight loss but if done incorrectly can be detrimental to your results.
Eating a balance of protein and carbs is not only essential to your meals but to your snacks too! I like to think of snacks as just mini-meals, completely balanced and filled with nutrients.
Elements to a healthy snack:
Protein, protein, protein. Protein-containing foods will help keep you full and help you avoid sugar cravings later DO NOT FORGET THE PROTEIN. My go-to's are lunchmeat, beef jerky, boiled eggs, low-fat cheese, cottage cheese, and low-sugar Greek yogurt.
Not too big, not too small. Your size of snack will vary but generally I like to keep my snacks between 200-250 calories. If your snack is too big then you might not be hungry enough for your next meal but if it's too small you'll be fighting some pretty intense cravings later.
Intentional. Snacking is not mindlessly eating anything that sounds good at the time (even if it's "healthy"). If you are mindlessly eating then you're likely going over on your calories for the day.
Loaded with veggies. Trust me on this one, if you add more (non-starchy) veggies to your snacks you will feel so much better without adding any calories. Not only will you have extra fiber to keep you full but the extra nutrients will boost your immune system. Another benefit to adding in veggies is the time it takes to eat them and the sheer volume will help fill you up.
PS - I got these plastic snack containers from Amazon.
Tell me your favorite snack ideas in the comments below!