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Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss

Welcome to Fuel Your Metabolism, Naturally. To get access to the entire series, head on over HERE and sign up now! It’s a good one. Today, I’m sharing some of my go-to healthy snacks for weight loss…

Whenever I fall off the healthy eating wagon, it comes down to snack time.

And it usually hits around 10:30am while grocery shopping or doing a home improvement Lowe’s run. After an hour running around the store, I catch a glimpse of the junk food by the register. My stomach immediately starts to ache, my tastebuds salivate and it’s SUPER hard to turn down a cheap, tasty snack at that moment.

Then there’s bedtime— when we realize we didn’t eat enough for dinner and we don’t want to go to bed hungry. The easy choice is something quick and dish-free…. and usually not very healthy.

Can you relate?

This is how we’ve been trained to fuel up our body in a crazy busy world — last minute and convenient. Yet it’s not gonna get us the body we were meant to have. A strong, energetic body takes snack fuel that is nutrient rich. We have to make a plan and be ready for anything thrown at us.

That’s where healthy snacks for weight loss come into the picture.

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What snacks are good for weight loss?

The key to weight loss success is having the right kind of snacks on hand that’ll satisfy your cravings, encourage weight loss, and pretty much put the HANGRY beast to bed. Oftentimes, we think we are hungry when we are not. Thirsty and hungry are two signals the body tends to mix up. So if I’m feeling hungry, I reach for a glass of water before I even toy with the idea of a snack. If I’m still hungry 20 minutes later, then it’s time to fuel up.

Is it bad to snack all day?

It really depends on what your snacks are, to decide if it’s going to fuel your metabolism. Often times, snacks are foods that have a longer shelf life, less nutrients and less water content. ( Even healthy snacks are cutting corners on your overall health. ) Meals are when we use the most fresh vegetables, fruits, grains and nutrient rich foods. Just like most things, balance is key. And snacks are here for the “gap zone”… yet aren’t a substitute for a nutritious fresh meal.

Studies have shown that the “act of snacking” doesn’t boost your metabolism (source), yet you can be a conscious snacker and use ingredients that do benefit your metabolism to help you achieve your weight loss results.

A healthy snack choice has to meet these two criteria:

Contain Healthy Fats: This will help satisfy your hunger cravings and help your body absorb the nutrients in the snack.

Contain Protein: This will fuel your body and help build muscle. I prefer plant-based protein found in nuts and seeds, yet it’s totally up to you.

If a snack meets those two requirements, then I move onto what sorta craving I have. Do I want something salty? Tart? Sweet? That’s when the “flavors” come into play.

Green smoothie as a healthy snack |  Jen Hansard

What snacks are good for weight loss?

  1. Tart : Green apple with almond butter
  2. Carby : Warrior Bars w/ almond butter and honey.
  3. Sweet: Green smoothie (8oz)
  4. Salty: Tamari almonds (recipe below)

If you’re not able to have your own snack on hand, some healthy options at most grocery stores are: trail mix, roasted nuts, granola bars, chia + fruit bars, almond butter, etc. Just make sure there’s no added sugars to cause you to overeat. 🙂

Now I want to show you how to make a SUUUUPER simple snack recipe that I keep in my purse to help curve the carvings. This is helpful when I’m out running errands or even sitting at my desk working.

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Healthy Snack for Weight Loss — Tamari Almonds

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: vegetarian
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: snack

Description

This healthy snack recipe is great when you’re craving something sweet or salty. I like to keep a handful in my purse to encourage healthy eating all day long. 


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tbs tamari
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • Dash cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix almonds with tamari, which is a gluten-free soy sauce to satisfy any salty cravings.
  3. Add in 1 tsp maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon to satisfy a sweet tooth.
  4. Top with a dash of cayenne pepper if you’re craving something spicy or just want to curb your appetite until the next meal.
  5. Stir together until well combined. 
  6. Place on a baking sheeting lined with parchment paper and bake for 7 minutes at 350 degrees, or until lightly caramelized. 
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool before you storing in small air tight snack-size containers.  


Notes

Feel free to change up the seasoning to satisfy your own snack attacks.

Keywords: Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss, tamari almonds

I hope I’ve inspired you to keep some healthy snacks on hand after watching this video. Trying to lose weight is not easy, but having the right tools makes all the difference.

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  1. Lady

    June 16th, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Loves almonds, just get bored having them as a snack all the time. This is an easy way to add variety to a classic favorite!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 18th, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Yes, we are not into boring here at SGS! So we are excited that you are going to try this recipe out!!!

  3. Wendy Carr

    June 16th, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Almonds are definitely my go-to snack. These sound amazing! Can’t wait to try them.

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 18th, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    We hope you love them Wendy!!

  5. Theresa Centofante

    June 16th, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I love the mix of sweet and salty. It’s the perfect grab n go snack!

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 18th, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    It really is the perfect combination!!!

  7. SHEILA BETH LANGLAIS

    June 16th, 2019 at 10:56 am

    I love these almonds…. what a great snack…. I keep a small bag of them with me and much on them while I am busy in class. (Nursing school). I have been trying to eat healthy snacks… While my classmates are stuffing their faces with donuts or cupcakes, then hours later wishing they didn’t eat it. I am munching on my almonds. I like to munch while I am studying and this is a perfect snack to do that! Thank you Jen! Love them!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 18th, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Love that even though your classmates are eating donuts that you are sticking with these almonds. They really are so delicious and the prefect studying snack 🙂

  9. Andy

    June 16th, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Hmmm…the salt hit me first, with a hint of spiciness and a slightly sweet aftertaste and of course the crunchiness of the almonds. Plain almonds get boring after a while and the pre-flavored ones are not so healthy. This was a good experiment and an incredibly quick and easy alternative. This also got my gears going about what other flavors I could try! Thanks again, I agree, having healthy snacks at the ready is clutch! 😉

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 18th, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    It really is clutch! These are my favorite snacks to have on hand. So easy and yet so delicious!

  11. Beverly Doucette

    June 16th, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    These were very good, but I personally like the plain tamari almonds a bit more for salt cravings.

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 18th, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Feel free to switch it up if you prefer the salty taste!

  13. Julianne

    June 16th, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I am trying to figure out what to eat for a snack and this sounds good!

  14. Andrea Burke

    June 16th, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    These hit the spot at Bear Creek Overlook in Victor, Montana! Savory, sweet and filling!!

  15. Clare Skinner

    June 16th, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    I love a crunchy green apple with almond butter tastes great

  16. Julie

    June 16th, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Almonds are one of my favorite snacks – thank you for sharing this healthy twist!

  17. Daphne

    June 16th, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    This snack helps so much with cravings. I also really love the honey nut trail mix, it disappears fast.

  18. Cristina Hermenegildo

    June 16th, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Love it!!!!

  19. Christina

    June 17th, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Almonds are my go to snack, I buy my almonds at the bulk store. I am looking forward to amping them up with this recipe for a tasty and healthy snack.

  20. Ronnie

    June 17th, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Love the idea… Have not made any yet I have to go to the store for the ingredients…. Can’t wait to taste them…

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 18th, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks Ronnie, I have a feeling you will leave these options!

  22. Jana

    June 17th, 2019 at 1:37 am

    MMMMmmm Tamari almonds sound AMAZING!!! I’ll have to try my hand at these. I love whole, raw almonds and I’m happy munching on those, but I also love salty food.
    Thanks for a another great recipe!!

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 18th, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    It really is so delicious!!! A great change to raw almonds.

  24. Roxy Fredrickson

    June 19th, 2019 at 12:05 am

    It’s almond and it’s easy. I liked them.

  25. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 19th, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Yay!! You can never go wrong with almonds 🙂

  26. Amy

    June 25th, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I love the Tamari Almonds. I make a big batch and divide into small ready to go snacks. It is perfect when I am running out the door and need a snack.

  27. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 26th, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    They really are so perfect when you are on the go!!

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