5 Low-Calorie Snacks for Weight Loss

While on a weight-loss regimen, the hunger pangs in between the meals are the nightmares. But starving is neither the right nor the long-term solution for weight loss. Watching the calorie intake could help, though. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, stock your pantry with healthy, quick-to-make snacks. Such snacks must be low-calorie, natural, and unprocessed. Before beginning your weight-loss journey, plan and line your pantry shelves with these following yummy yet low-calorie snacks. And don’t forget to throw out your guilty pleasures!

Popcorn, the ultimate low-calorie indulgence:

Low-calorie popcorn

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Imagine binge-watching TV shows all day on a lazy Sunday with several bowls of chips for company. That would be thousands of mindlessly consumed empty calories. On the other hand, three cups of air-popped popcorn have only 110 calories. Instead of butter, coat the popcorn with herbs and spices mixed in coconut oil. After all, Coconut oil is a powerhouse of healthy fat. Also, the high fiber content in the popcorn makes your stomach feel full for a very long time. When you have something as tasty as popcorn for movie nights, and it also happens to be low in calories, it’s a win-win situation.

Popped Amaranth:

low-calorie Amaranth popcorn

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Amaranth is a seed indigenous to Mexico. When roasted with little to no oil, it puffs up like popcorn and even has an excellent nutty taste to boot. It is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Hence, Popped Amaranth is a perfect snack for those following a low-carb diet. As it is also gluten-free, it is a dream snack come true.

Beans:

Low-calorie Chickpeas

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Never underestimate the power of beans! Incidentally, they are the superheroes of the vegan and vegetarian world. After all, Beans are the best source of vegetarian protein. You can boil beans like Chickpeas, black-eyed peas, green moong beans, and Indian lima beans with a bit of salt to make a yummy and satiating evening snack. Beans also contain a large amount of fiber which helps you feel full for longer. They can also be roasted with minimum oil in the oven for a crunchy snack.

Lotus seeds/Makhana:

makhana

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Makhana is a famous Desi snack that also happens to be the favorite snack of Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor. The Lotus seeds have a low glycemic index making them an ideal snack for those with diabetics. They are anti-inflammatory and have low cholesterol and low calories. After roasting the seeds in very little oil, they remain fresh in air-tight containers at room temperature for a very long time. Seasoning it with different spices, we could enjoy Makhana in various flavors.

Dry fruits, nuts, and seeds:

low-calorie snack

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A serving of walnuts, macadamia nuts, raw pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried apricots, dates, raisin, and figs with green tea at 4 pm makes the ideal tea time snack. Unfortunately, readymade Trail mixes might have hidden, unhealthy ingredients. In comparison, a similar assortment at home could give you the same if not better nutrition with low calories. You can also consume it in peace with the knowledge of what went into your homemade trail mix.

Consistency is vital when it comes to staying healthy and fit. Having some of the low-calorie snacks mentioned above ready at hand could help you immensely in your weight loss journey. All the best.

 

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