Are you wondering if you are the only one who feels like eating snacks all the time? Absolutely not! Everyone, including fitness experts, loves to snack! People snack whenever an appetizing food is around, even when they’re really not hungry.

Why do we snack?

When you go a long time without eating, you might get hungry and you will end up consuming a lot more calories than what you actually need. Snacking can help you keep your hunger levels even, particularly on those days when your meals are spaced further apart. One study has reported that when a particular group of neurons in your brain senses low energy levels, we tend to eat voraciously. It also explains why dieting is so hard- the unpleasant sensation arising from a persistent hunger drive.

However, it is important to make healthy choices when it comes to snacking. One research has found that snacking between meals does not affect weight and another study indicated that eating a protein-rich, high-fiber snack can aid weight loss. Here is a list of healthy snacks options that makes weight loss easy:

1. Almonds- Nuts are not only nutritious but also a delicious snack option. They are loaded with proteins, healthy fats and fiber. One small serving of almonds contains 100 calories and is enriched with heart-healthy unsaturated fat and 5 grams of protein, thereby an ideal snack option if you are trying to lose weight.

2. Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella cheese- Tomatoes are loaded with vitamin C, potassium and an antioxidant called lycopene. And mozzarella is rich in protein, vitamin B12, and calcium. Enjoy one cup of cherry tomatoes with an ounce of mozzarella cheese which is hardly 100 calories together.

3. Dark Chocolate- It can be an easy, rich and satisfying snack on the go. Dark chocolates are enriched with flavanols which help reduce heart disease risk and lower blood pressure. It’s a low-calorie snack, ideal for those who are trying to reduce weight.

4. Popcorn- It is a great snack option for those who love the crunch factor. You could ditch that butter or cheese topping and toss a little sea salt instead when you are craving a snack. One cup of popcorn contains 30 calories and is loaded with fiber which can curb your craving for a long time.

5. Hard-boiled egg- It is one of the healthiest and best weight-loss-friendly snack options ever. Loaded with protein, vitamins K2 and B12, eggs can be fulfilling and keep you satiated for a long time. One hard-boiled egg contains only 70 calories.

6. Kale chips- Kale is an incredible snack option that is loaded with antioxidants and fiber. One cup of raw kale provides adequate vitamins A, C, and K. Kale chips contain about 150 calories and can be a healthy snack option for slimmers.

Almonds Almond the nutritious nuts is not just rich in vitamins and minerals but also contain essential fatty acids omega -3 and omega -6 that produce an alert mental state. Other healthy fats to include in your diet are avocados, seeds, nuts, olive oil, fish oil and canola oil. Of course, with the possible exception of fish oil, eat all of these in moderation. Photo: IBTimes