There are too many snack choices available on the market to decide on a single snack, and personal preference can weigh heavily in the decision process. In this article, we did our best to select snacking options from a variety of flavors, textures, and dietary needs, including gluten-free and organic options.
The team at Youtopia Snacks aims to provide the best snack experience no matter the time of day or situation. If you’re happy with your dietary changes, you’re more likely to stick with your diet longer.
The best snack for weight loss is one that meets several criteria:
This establishes the point-system baseline, but it’s also an excellent baseline to start looking for healthier snacking options. A good rule of thumb for calories any given snack is 200-300, unless you're particularly active, in which case, you may need something closer to 400-500 calories. For most, if you’re following Weight Watchers, the low end of the spectrum will be more likely to be a low point snack.
- Healthy fats, proteins, or complex (not refined) carbs.
The best low-calorie snacks will have at least one of these key macros to keep you feeling satisfied throughout the day. These keep your body fueled and running at optimal performance. Of course, there are healthy and unhealthy versions of these macros. Unhealthy fats, like saturated fats, should be avoided, but monounsaturated fats, like the fat found in fish oil, are healthy and helps keep your body running and your mind clear. Complex carbs, like whole grains, are also great for keeping you full, as it take your body longer to break them down compared to unhealthy refined (aka "simple") carbs.
- Bonus: high in fiber or water
Snacks that are high in fiber or water content can help you feel full faster and longer, curbing cravings. Likewise, taking more time to eat can also help you curb cravings, as your body has more time to process how it feels between each delicious bite.
If a snack fits all of these, then congratulations, you’ve found a snack that can satisfy your cravings without the guilt of over-eating or spending too much of your WW points on a single item. The key to success in any diet is forming sustainable habits without feelings of guilt or missing out.