Believe it or not, snacking is a great way to help you to lose weight when you are following a healthy eating plan – such as the Mummy Shape School post pregnancy weight loss plan.
In fact, snacking will boost your metabolism and it will also help to keep you full until your next meal. Choosing a healthy eating snack will help to prevent you from making unhealthy food choices, too – which will help to prevent cravings.
Here are 10 healthy eating snacks to give you some ideas for snacks when you are losing pregnancy weight – and they all contain 150 calories or less. Enjoy!
Pistachios are a great snack as they come in their shells – and this helps you to stop eating them so quickly. They provide you with protein, lots of vitamins and nutrients and heart healthy fats. You can enjoy 45 pistachios – which is quite a large snack – for just 148 calories.
Guacamole with Red Pepper
Guacamole is packed with heart healthy omega-3s, and if you restrict your portion and serve it with a crunchy red pepper (or celery), you also help to reduce the calories. Serve ¼ cup of homemade or shop-bought guacamole (try the low fat option) with a sliced bell pepper. Use the bell pepper strips as dippers for a crunchy, flavour-packed snack that contains just 140 calories.
Strawberries and Dark Chocolate
Yes, that did say Chocolate! This is a snack with a sense of indulgence – but the flavonoids, cholesterol-reducing nutrients and feel-good factor of chocolate makes it healthier than you might think. Melt 28g of 70% coocoa chocolate in a pan using a bowl over hot water and drizzle over 5-6 medium fresh strawberries for a fresh, yummy snack that contains just 150 calories.
Rye Crispbreads with Hummus
Rye crispbreads are packed with wholegrains and therefore fibre, making them super filling and also incredibly good for you. Hummus is also packed with protein and omega-3s, as well as flavour. Spread 2 tbsp. of hummus on 2 rye crispbreads and if you like, top with a crunchy veg such as cucumber, cress or again red or green pepper. This snack comes in at just 120 calories. Some rye crispbreads contain wheat and gluten so be careful if you are trying to avoid this in your diet. There are some really nice gluten free crackers or oat cakes can be really nice with spicier hummus recipes or a small slice of cheese.
If you love the full flavour of a Mexican wrap – bean dip and spicy tomato salsa – you might be surprised to learn that you can enjoy those flavours for less than 150 calories. Spread 1 6-inch corn tortilla (or wholegrain if you can find them or even half and half) with 2 tbsp. bean dip like Frijomole and 2 tbsp. spicy tomato salsa, wrap up and pop into the oven for a few minutes to warm through or in a large saucepan, slightly toasting both sides to turn into a quesadilla. A super filling snack for 140 calories.
Baby Gem lettuce and Goat’s Cheese Wraps
Goat’s cheese is packed full of calcium along with loads of vitamins and nutrients. Mash 1/3 cup of goat’s cheese with 1 minced garlic clove, some dried red chilli flakes and some salt and pepper and serve wrapped in some baby gem lettuce leaves . Recipe serves 5, calories per serving: 90.
Porridge can make a super yummy snack – it contains lots of protein and fibre, and the bonus is, porridge is incredibly smooth and creamy, making it feel like a decadent snack. Cook 1 packet of instant plain and unsweetened porridge and sprinkle with a little cinnamon, a couple of chopped apricots and a couple of chopped walnuts for a warming snack any time of the day – it’s just 152 calories.
Minestrone is probably the most balanced soup out – it contains protein, carbohydrate and plenty of veggies, making it a mini meal. Serve ½ 400g tin of minestrone soup as a snack, with 1 tbsp. low fat cheddar cheese sprinkled on top for extra richness, flavour and a hit of calcium. This snack contains just 150 calories.
Tuna is packed with protein and heart healthy fatty acids – and it’s delicious, too! Mix 50g tuna packed in water or brine – not oil, as this ramps up the fat and calorie content – with 1 tbsp. light mayo or if you prefer, lemon juice. Season and stuff into a small 6-inch wholemeal pitta pocket with some crunchy cucumber for a filling snack that comes in at just 148 calories.
Maple Spiced Popcorn
Plain popcorn makes for a healthy alternative to potato chips, and it also feels like a treat, too – popcorn is usually a forbidden food! Toss 2 cups air-popped plain popcorn (popcorn makers are great for this) with 1/8 cup maple syrup (real maple syrup not just a flavoured syrup which you know is real because it costs £6 a bottle) and a pinch of salt and chilli powder to taste, spread onto a tray and bake in a low oven for 10 minutes. Leave to cool and serve. Serving size: 1 cup, calories: just 96! Great snack for kids, just leave out the chilli powder!
If you are ready to lose weight then the Mummy Shape School weight loss programmes plans offer a healthy and safe weight management plan.