The key to weight loss is having healthy snacks on hand to satisfy any cravings and keep someone full the whole day.

Foods high in protein or fiber make people feel satiated very fast and might eat less during snack time or meal. Another consideration is eating low-calorie foods but high in volume – foods occupying more space in the stomach make a person feel more full.

The following are my top 9 healthy filling snacks for weight loss.

1. Hummus with Vegetables

Hummus is a traditional dish made from pureed chickpeas. Its growing popularity and lots of nutrients from good fats, fiber, and magnesium to proteins make hummus a perfect snack for weight loss.

A 2016 study supports that hummus combined with vegetables offers protein, fiber, and other nutrients to satisfy cravings and help people feel fuller quicker.

2. Mixed Nuts

Nuts- almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc., are a super nutritional snack. They have lots of healthy fat, fiber, and protein responsible for fullness feeling. Studies propose that consuming nuts moderately can help a person lose weight. Besides, they are associated with reduced heart disease risk and might prevent several illnesses, including cancer and depression.

3. Red Bell Pepper and Guacamole

All bell peppers are perfectly healthy, but the red ones are packed with antioxidants such as capsanthin, beta carotene, and quercetin. Also, they contain vitamin C necessary for growth and repair of body tissues and proper immune system functioning – one big red bell pepper has more than 300% of DV (daily value) for vitamin C.

Combining red bell pepper with 85 grams (3 ounces) of guacamole supplies healthy fat and fiber needed for weight loss – remember to keep calorie count of this snack below 200.

4. Greek Yogurt with Berries

Greek yogurt with berries makes a sweet and nutrient-dense snack for weight loss. Greek yogurt offers protein, calcium, and potassium, while berries are good sources of antioxidants. 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of plain Greek yogurt paired with 1/2 cup or 50 grams of mixed berries offers approximately 10 grams of protein below 150 calories.

5. Air-Popped Popcorn

Popcorn’s popularity as a snack is unmatched. Air-popped popcorn is the best as it doesn’t contain added sugar, salt, or fat. This low in calorie whole grain provides lots of filling fiber which aids weight loss. One cup of air-popped popcorn has 31 calories and is enough to sustain anyone’s afternoon and fight the urge to rush to the vending machine hits.

6. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are one of the cost-friendly, healthiest, and weight loss-friendly foods someone can eat. Packed with protein, vitamin K2 and B12, eggs are very filling and might lower the number of calories a person can eat for several hours, which is a great deal to losing weight.

Although they have high cholesterol content, a recent study argues that eating eggs moderately (just two) won’t raise cholesterol levels. Instead, they will aid in weight loss.

7. Canned Sardines or Salmon

Canned fish, mainly salmon or sardines, is an incredibly healthy snack that doesn’t need refrigeration. Fish has a high content of weight-loss-friendly protein, including potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B12.

They are fully packed with omega-3 fatty acids able to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as other health issues. Just 100 grams or 3.5 ounces salmon serving contains approximately 18 to 23 grams of protein ranging between 130 and 180 calories.

8. Edamame

Edamame, a steamed unripened soybeans dish, is an excellent source of protein and fiber and a great snack for vegetarians or anyone wishing to enjoy their unique flavor or texture. When taken between meals, edamame can make a person feel full while offering other essential nutrients like iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Edamame contains an antioxidant called kaempferol, which contributes to weight loss and reduced blood sugar levels in animal studies.

9. Spicy Avocado

Avocado is one of the most nutritious and satisfying food everyone can eat. Study supports that avocado can help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), improve arthritis symptoms, and protect the skin from sun damage. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on half avocado and add cayenne pepper to ensure a savory, filling snack with just 130 calories.

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