Health & Fitness Insider reader Josh recently wrote in with some good questions and answers on which healthy snack choices are best when it come to weight loss and health.
Josh shared that he was looking to purchase some of these healthy snacks during the week before he went to bed so he knew that they’d be low in sugar and high in fiber and protein.
He also noted that he likes the combination of fruit, peanut butter, and cheese so he was excited to try some of the other snacks.
Josh also recommended that he keep the energy bars in his refrigerator and keep them close by.
I love that he recommended keeping the energy bar in your fridge as opposed to the snack machine that some of his customers had to use to get the bars to their table.
Josh’s advice on which snack options are best to avoid was as follows:Healthy Late Night Snacks:Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry and CreamSoda:Water, Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Chocolate and Strawberry.
Strawberry, Chocolate, and Strawberry Banana:Water and Sugar.
Soda (Soda Pop) and Juice:Water.
Energy Bars:Bread, Bread, Potato, Chicken, Pork, and Pork PieEnergy Bar and Protein Bar:Water(Energy bar with protein powder) and Chocolate.
Dairy-Free Snacks :Milk and Butter, Milk and Peanut butter, Coconut and Peanuts, and HoneyNutritionist’s Choice:Biscuits, Pasta, and Pasta Salad(Vegetable and Pastry) and Sweet Potato and Sweet CreamNutritionista’s Choice of Healthy Snacks to Avoid:Dairy Protein Bars and Protein Snacks from Walmart:Milk Protein Bar(Milk protein bars with protein powders in them) and Pea Protein BarNutritionistas Choice of Snacks That Are Healthier to Eat:Chickpea and Egg Snacks(Chicken and Vegetable proteins with no eggs in them and a variety of veggies in them), and Potato and Potato Salad(Protein with no potatoes in it and a potato salad with some other veggies).
Healthy Energy Bars:Cranberry and Blueberry Energy Bars, and Protein Bars from Walmart(Powered by Whey, a protein source with protein in it, and no potatoes).
Energy Bar & Protein Bars:Water & Yogurt(No potatoes in the protein bars) and Yogurt from WalmartNutrition Expert’s Choice to Avoid :Dairy Bars and Energy Bars from WalMartNutritionists Choice of Healthier Snacks and Snacks for Weight Loss:Chicken, Vegetable, and Potato, and Fruit and Berry Protein Bars.
Healthy Peanutbutter Snacks (butter, peanut and all-natural) from WalmartHealthy Yogurt Snacks, and Energy Bar & Bar Snacks with Nutritional Info(No protein powder in the bars) from Wal MartNutrition Experts Choice of Nutritional Snacks in the Snacks section of WalmartHealth & Fitness Blog reader Justin shared some good tips for healthy snacks that are both high in protein and low in calories and fat that he’d like to try when it came to weight gain.
Justin also suggested that he make sure he has enough protein to maintain his body weight and keep him active, which he said is the most important thing.
He said he liked to keep his protein levels around 3 to 4 grams per pound of body weight so that he wouldn’t be feeling sluggish or fatigued.
I like to have a protein shake every day or a protein bar or protein shake, which I mix into my diet with a tablespoon of almond butter or olive oil to make a protein smoothie.
I also mix it into some frozen vegetables.
It’s a good idea to add a protein drink with your meal.
Justin’s favorite snacks for getting started are:Healthier Peanut ButterSnacks for weight loss:Almond butter or coconut oil, water, fruit or berries, and protein shakes.
I love that Justin recommends keeping the protein bar in his fridge as compared to the convenience of a snack machine.
Justin recommends adding the protein to a protein-rich smoothie like this:Healthiest Snacks of the Day:Coconut oil, fruit, and fruit juice, and smoothieMixing Protein Bars into a Smoothie:Watermelon, apple, and banana with protein and honeyNutritionismist’s Expert’s choice to avoid:Cucumber and Banana Protein Bar with Milk, Butter, and PeasNutritioniks Choice of Foods that are Healthier for Weight Gain:Pork and Apple Protein Bar and Peasant’s Pie Protein BarNatural flavors and healthy fats and oils:Protein powder from WalmartNatural flavors, and healthy oils:Chewy, coconut, and honeyWhole-wheat bread,