Healthy Snack Recipes All Dieters Should Know
Healthy snacks don’t have to be bland, try these recipes for a deliciously nutritious snack!
When beginning a weight loss journey it can be an overwhelming process to go through. Many fear that their diet will need to become bland and tasteless, or that snacking simply isn’t allowed anymore. Although this fear is justified, especially if someone was used to a high-sugar diet, it simply isn’t true!
Not only is healthy snacking allowed within a diet, it is even recommended by some dietitians! That being said, it is important to remember that the snack must be healthy while not exceeding your daily caloric goals. Just because it has to be healthy and low in calories, doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable to eat!
If you don’t have time within your busy day to follow a recipe, there are tons of awesome low calorie snacks available for purchase online!
If you do have time for a quick and healthy recipe, you’ve come to the right place. With the help of these weight loss snack recipes, you’ll finally be able to have delicious snacks that don’t break your diet! They include:
- Chia Seed Protein Pudding
- Zucchini Artichoke Bites
- Avocado Bacon Deviled Eggs
- Peanut Butter Protein Fudge
- Cauliflower Latkes
- Edamame Avocado Hummus
Chia Seed Protein Pudding
Chia seeds are widely loved by those who love to eat healthy and dietitians alike. Not only are they a great source of protein, but they also provide necessary fiber that is crucial to maintaining a diet. This chia seed protein pudding is an awesome snack that is good for your body and your taste buds!
Prep Time - 10 mins | Total Time - 40 mins | Yield - 5 servings
- ¾ cup vanilla protein powder
- 2 ½ cup milk, unsweetened almond, cashew, soy or dairy
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 ¼ cup raspberries
- 1 ¼ cup diced peaches
- 5 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 5 tablespoons pecans
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the protein powder, milk, and chia seeds. Cover the mixture and place it in the refrigerator. Leave in for at least 30 minutes. It should thicken into a pudding consistency.
Lay out four cups for serving. Evenly distribute the chia seed pudding into each cup. Then, add the raspberries, peaches, almonds, and pecans evenly to each cup. Serve immediately or refrigerate!
Zucchini Artichoke Bites
Smaller serving size recipes are perfect for those on a diet. For starters, their smaller size makes it easier to digest and to not overfill your stomach. Bite-sized foods also tend to be lower in calories like these zucchini bites, but this is not always true. Try out these zucchini artichoke bites for a quick snack to quell your hunger!
Prep Time - 15 mins | Total Time - 30 mins | Yield - 4 servings
- 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
- 2 oz shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, well drained of water and diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- ⅓ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
- 1 tbsp Greek seasoning
First, you’re going to want to preheat your oven to 425F. Place the ½ inch zucchini rounds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
In a medium sized bowl, miix together the parmesan cheese, artichoke, bell pepper, Greek yogurt, garlic and Greek seasoning. Mix together until well blended. Scoop the mix (about a tablespoon) onto each zucchini round.
Finally, bake the rounds for 14-16 minutes. Remove the rounds and let them cool. Serve and enjoy!
Avocado Bacon Deviled Eggs
Traditional deviled eggs are a great party snack bursting with flavor. This spin off is still loaded with protein while having a whole new flavor profile! If you’re looking for a simple deviled egg spinoff perfect for while on a diet, this is the recipe for you!
Prep Time - 20 mins | Total Time - 35 mins | Yield - 12 single servings
- 6 large hard boiled eggs, peeled
- ¼ cup olive oil mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp finely diced red onion
- 1 medium avocado, diced
- 4-5 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ¼ -½ tsp sea salt, as desired
- Italian-leaf parsley sprigs
First, take your hard boiled eggs and slice them vertically in half. Set the sliced egg whites aside. Place the yolks in a medium bowl and combine with mayonnaise, mustard, bacon, avocado, and salt. Stir the mixture until a consistent texture has been reached.
Take a tablespoon of the mixture and place it in each sliced egg white. Evenly distribute any leftover mixture. Add a dash of paprika and parsley sprig.
Serve these delicious treats right away or refrigerate them for later!
Peanut Butter Protein Fudge
One of the most difficult parts of any diet is having to cut out all of the junk food. However, a person’s sweet tooth doesn’t just go away as soon as they begin a weight loss journey. Try out this peanut butter protein fudge as a deliciously healthy alternative to sugary foods and satisfy your cravings!
Prep Time - 5 mins | Total Time - 15 mins | Yield - 8 servings
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
Place coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and melt. Grab a separate large bowl, and mix together the melted coconut oil, protein powder, peanut butter, maple syrup, and cocoa powder.
Pour into a lined muffin pan and place in the freezer until it reaches desired consistency, about ten minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to five days!
Cauliflower latkes are a low-calorie food perfect for while on a diet. Instead of using high carbohydrate potatoes like in a traditional latke, this recipe substitutes it for cauliflower. Substitutions like that are a super easy way to cut out calories while maintaining flavor. This low carb recipe may take you a bit to make, but the final product is certainly worth the wait!
Prep Time - 15 mins | Total Time - 45 mins | Yield - 8 servings
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup onion finely chopped
- ¼ cup whole grain breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp parsley minced
- 2 sprigs thyme leaves
- 1 egg
- pinch of salt and pepper
- plain 0% Greek yogurt for serving
Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until it reaches a rice-like consistency. Cover the cauliflower and microwave it for two minutes. Squeeze any moisture out and place in a medium sized bowl.
Separately, place a large nonstick skillet on medium low heat with two tablespoons of olive oil. Caramelize the onions by placing them in the skillet and stirring them every once in a while for 15-20 minutes, or until caramelized. Add to the bowl containing cauliflower.
Stir in breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix until consistent throughout. Form the mixture into small patties using about three to four tablespoons per patty.
Pan fry the patties on each side until golden brown. Add a dash of Greek yogurt on top. Let cool and enjoy!
Edamame Avocado Hummus
One of the more difficult aspects of switching to a diet is managing to consume a healthy portion of vegetables per day while still enjoying them. This recipe provides a healthy dip to make eating your vegetables enjoyable! It also contains a healthy amount of good fats from the avocados. Try this recipe out if you’re struggling with hitting your vegetable requirements!
Prep Time - 10 mins | Total Time - 10 mins | Yield - 8 servings
- 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
- 1/2 large avocado
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon tahini
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
In a food processor, add edamame, avocado, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Pulse until consistent, about 30 seconds. Continue pulsing while slowly adding avocado oil. Place in a serving dish and pair with any vegetable of your choice!
Healthy food can still taste delicious with the aid of these recipes!
Hopefully this article provided you with some easy to make, low carb snacks for weight loss that suit you and your taste buds. Try switching snacks from day to day to keep variety in your diet. A healthy variety of foods will help you stay on track with your diet and ensure you meet your weight loss goals!