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Healthy Snacks to Help You Lose Weight — Allergy Friendly List

If you are trying to lose weight then what you eat is important.

80% is what you eat; 20% is exercise

Wow! That percentage breakdown is difficult for me. I would much rather be able to eat whatever I want and then work out a whole bunch to make up for it, but that simply won’t work.

I’m home all day, which means I’m pretty much snacking all day long, and I’ve had to adjust to eating healthier snacks.

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This list of healthy snacks is actually written down in my planner and whenever I’m craving some junk food or I feel hungry between meals I’ll open my planner to this page and pick out a healthier option.

Most of these healthy snacks are low-carb, vegan, paleo, dairy free, and high-protein — and all of them are gluten-free! 

Almonds/ Mixed Nuts and Seeds

  • Low-carb
  • Vegan
  • Paleo
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free

Almonds make a great snack. However, it is easy to eat way more than the serving suggestion. If you are trying to lose weight then count out your almonds and put them in a small snack size container.

If almonds are not exactly your favorite, then mix them with other nuts and seeds, such as sunflower seeds, pistachios, cashews, and pepitas.

Choose roasted or unroasted nuts depending on your preference but always get unsalted.

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

  • Low-carb
  • Vegan
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free

I love these protein bites <– click for my recipe! They are quick and easy to make, healthy, and everyone in my family loves them. They are also a great snack to take with us on the go.

Substitute the peanut-butter for any nut or seed butter of choice. Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder for even more protein!

Java Chip Smoothie

  • Low-carb
  • Vegan
  • Paleo
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy Free

This Java Chip Smoothie (<– click for my recipe) is great for a morning snack because it will give a boost of caffeine. There is almond butter (or your nut butter of choice), which gives you some protein, but you could add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to give it even more.

This a perfect snack for coffee lovers!

Pineapple Mint Cilantro Smoothie

  • Low-carb
  • Vegan
  • Paleo
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy Free

I love how customizable smoothies can be and this Pineapple Mint Cilantro Smoothie (<–click for my recipe) is just that! This is a refreshing smoothie that is perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Depending on how you make this smoothie will depend on those diet values — for example, omit the Greek yogurt for a dairy free, vegan, and paleo version, add the Greek Yogurt and protein powder for a high-protein version, add less fruit for a low-carb version.

Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Low-carb
  • Paleo
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy Free

Maybe not the most exciting snack… but it is a quick and healthy snack that you can make ahead of time.

Deli Meat

  • Low-carb
  • Paleo
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free — make sure to read the label, some brands are not gluten-free
  • Dairy Free

Sometimes I don’t have time to make a whole sandwich, nor do I want all the calories that come with the bread and condiments. Deli meat is a quick, healthy snack full of protein.

You will want to read the labels to make sure you don’t get deli meat that is full of fat, sodium, or preservatives.

Halo Top Ice Cream

  • Low-carb
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free — be sure to check the label, most flavors are gluten-free but a few are not.

ICE CREAM!?!?! On a healthy snacks list??? Is this a dessert or a snack? Well, Halo Top is actually low-carb and high protein so I’m counting this as both! This is my go-to for ice cream. 

Larabars

  • Vegan
  • Paleo
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy Free

Larabars are a great snack! You can buy them or easily make them homemade.

The basic ingredients are almonds, Medjool dates, and dried fruit. You can play around with the ingreidents to make lots of different flavor combinations.

My favorite flavor is equal parts almonds, dates, and dried cranberries. Soak the dates for about 15 minutes, drain them, and add everything to a blender or food processor and blend until they are coarse crumbs, yet sticky enough to form into balls/bars.

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Low-carb
  • Vegan
  • Paleo
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy Free

Fruit and vegetables always a healthy snack option. If you want to make it a higher protein snack eat it along with mixed nuts, nut butter, or cheese.

If you want to make it a higher protein snack eat it along with mixed nuts, nut butter, or cheese. Great combos are the classic celery and peanut butter, apples and PB, apples and cheese, or mixed berries and Greek yogurt.

Click for recipe: High-Protein Peanut Butter Dip

Another way to get your veggies in for the day is juicing. You will get a lot of healthy vitamins and your daily serving of vegetables.

This is the juicer that I have (it’s definitely on the inexpensive side of juicers but it works well enough). Find it on Amazon here.

Cheese

  • Low-carb
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free

Cheese is another quick snack that will help keep you full until meal time. Cheese sticks are not just for kids!

Plain Greek Yogurt

  • Low-carb
  • High- protein
  • Gluten-Free

Plain Greek Yogurt is high in protein, low in sugar — which is the type of snack that will help you lose weight. If you buy flavored yogurt then there will be a lot of added sugar so stay away from those! If plain Greek yogurt is boring to you then mix it with some nuts, mixed berries, dark chocolate, or nut butter.

What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Anna

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