I don’t love the idea of sitting down to a huge meal three times a day. The thought of stuffing myself just makes me feel sluggish and gross and usually I don’t feel like doing too much afterwards.
This way enjoying healthy snacks is important. It means you don’t have to fill yourself up on each main meal because you know that if you get hungry again you can enjoy it a light healthy snack.
So what are the benefits of healthy snacking exactly?
If you’ve ever wondered if it’s the right thing to do, check out these benefits.
- They prevent you from overeating. by eating healthy snacks it stops you from getting so hungry that when you’re ready for your next meal, you overeat. As a result of waiting till your really hungry, you consume more calories in a meal and you’re likely to eat higher calorie foods to fill you up.
- It keeps your blood sugar levels stable. By snacking your blood sugar levels will be more stable. This means you’ll experience less energy lows and more constant stable energy level. By avoiding these lows you will crave less sugar, get more work done, and experience better, more positive moods.
- You’ll gain more nutrients by healthy snacking. I highly suggest that when you do snack, it will be on veggies and or healthy fats. What this means is you’re fitting in extra nutrients and minerals that you probably would not of eaten otherwise.
Now if you’re wondering what some of the best healthy gluten free, vegan and sugar free snacks are check out my list below, I’ve broken them up between high calorie snacks and low calorie snacks…Plus non of these snacks require much preparation at all, so they are really quick and easy to make:
27 Low calorie (150cal or under)/ light snacks:
- Sliced tomato with a drizzle of olive oil and spinach. (70cal)
- Veggie sticks with 20g peanut butter (127cal) or 25g almond butter (150cal) or 40g hummus (122cal)
- 200g cherry tomatoes with a 1/2 tsp. of olive oil and lemon juice (56cal)
- 200g peeled cucumber salad with 1/2 tsp. olive oil and lemon juice and some chili flakes if you desire (52cal)
- 150g roasted broccoli and 200g roasted cauliflower with a 1/2 tsp. olive oil, salt and pepper (124 cal)
- green veggie juice (no fruit) (72cal)
- celery sticks with 25g almond butter (150cal)
- 150g zucchini and 200g cauliflower soup (98cal)
- 25g toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds (144cal)
- 4x walnuts (140cal)
- 1 tbsp. of coconut oil with a 1/2 tsp. natvia or plain on it’s own (135cal)
- 1/2 an avocado (60g) with salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp. olive oil (116 cal
- 100g brown Lentils and 150g tomato salad (145cal)
- 125g Lightly steamed asparagus (20cal)
- 100g Cucumber and 40g hummus sandwiches (138cal)
- spiced roasted chickpeas 100g (147cal)
- Roasted 150g carrot and 150g zucchini with 1/2 tsp. coconut oil (128cal)
- 100g Oven Baked Kale Chips with 1 tsp. olive oil and Salt (80cal)
- 200g Broccoli soup (118cal)
- 200g Carrot Soup (135cal)
- 25g almonds (150 cal)
- 100g Sliced cucumber and 2x rice crackers (67cal)
- 30g Vegan protein shake (120cal)
- 150g Zoodles with 40g hummus (148cal)
- 1 cup Oven-baked Sprouted Chickpeas and lentils sprinkled with salt and pepper (136cal)
- tomato salsa with 2x rice crackers (146cal)
- Lettuce sandwich cups (136cal)
9 Medium calorie snacks (150-200)
- avocado and lime smoothie (176 cal)
- carrot sticks with tahini (168 cal)
- 3x rice crackers with avocado and alfalfa sprouted (189 cal)
- glass of unsweetened almond milk with a sugar free “sugar” cookie (190cal)
- chocolate avocado smoothie (200 cal)
- 1 cup of edamame, boiled and salted (180 cal)
- Whole Green Pea soup (180cal)
- 25g Almonds and 2 tbsp. Goji Berries (190cal)
- Mashed chickpeas and kale (187cal)
14 High Calorie Snacks/ Light meals (200-250cal)
- roast pumpkin with 5g coconut oil and salt (224cal)
- tomato and chickpea soup (216cal)
- 3x rice crackers with 25g almond butter (231cal)
- flaxseed and almond meal pikelets (208cal)
- piece of sprouted or gluten free toast with avocado, olive oil and sliced tomato (216 cal)
- Chia seed pudding with almond milk, cinnamon, stevia and sprouted almonds and sunflower seeds (250cal)
- Sunflower and Lentil spread on rice crackers (210 calories)
- cauliflower and white bean garlic dip (198cal) with veggie sticks or rice crackers (+51cal)
- Mashed Chickpeas and Avocado with sliced cucumbers (227cal)
- 2x Chickpea chocolate Truffle balls (210cal)
- Roast Veggie and chickpea salad (229cal)
- Zucchini and carrot Muffins (255cal)
- Hummus and veggie wrap (248cal)
- Mixed bean salad (234cal)
If you’re interested in Finding the recipes to all the above click the link here and you can get instant access to it!
Snack healthy and enjoy