When you’re living with chronic pain, it can be hard to have the energy to exercise or cook healthy meals. However, making good choices and maintaining a healthy weight may reduce your chronic pain symptoms. Here are some easy healthy snacks for weight loss to help keep you feeling better.
Apple Slices and Nut Butter
Apples are rich in nutrients, antioxidants and are high in fiber. They are can aid in digestion, improve gut health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Nut butters, such as almond butter and peanut butter, are filled with healthy fats and protein. This combination tastes great, is easy to prepare and good for you. The fiber and protein give your body lasting fuel without the empty calories of chips or cookies.
Consider slicing one medium apple and adding one tablespoon of your favorite nut butter.
Vegetables and Hummus
It’s important to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and an easy way to do that is incorporating them into your daily snack routine. Instead of dipping your vegetables in dressings, try hummus.
Hummus typically is made of chickpeas, olive oil, garlic and lemon. It is packed with protein and is delicious on vegetables.
Carrots, cucumber slices, bell pepper slices and celery are excellent choices of vegetables to dip in the hummus. In addition to the protein in hummus, you’ll enjoy the benefits of the nutrients and vitamins in vegetables.
Greek Yogurt and Mixed Berries
Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, potassium and calcium. If you’re to allergic regular dairy yogurt, give yogurt alternatives a try. For example, there are yogurts made of soy, coconut, almond milk and others.
Mixed berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, have antioxidants and vitamins. Eat a variety of berries with yogurt for an easy, healthy snack.
Ditch potato chips. If you love a crunchy, salty chip as a snack but want a healthy alternative, then give kale chips a try. They are easy to make and filled with fiber and antioxidants, and the nutrients in kale may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
In addition, eating a little bit of kale gives you the recommended daily value of vitamins A, C and K. Here’s how to make your own kale chips:
- 1 cup bite-sized kale leaves
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C)
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl.
Place kale pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until crispy.
Almonds with Dark Chocolate
For that sweet and salty combination, eat a snack with lightly salted roasted almonds and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is packed with flavonoids which may lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease risk. Make sure the dark chocolate is a minimum of 70 percent cocoa. Almonds may also have an effect on helping to control blood sugar. In addition, dark chocolate and almonds are both high in magnesium, an important mineral in the body. This snack is healthy and easy to take with you.