10 Filling DIY Snack Mixes for Weight Loss

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10 Filling DIY Snack Mixes for Weight Loss | Contrary to popular belief, snacking doesn't have to derail your weight loss goals! In fact, adding balanced snacks into your daily meal plan can help you lose weight as it keeps your blood sugar stable and ensures you don't give into unhealthy food cravings when you get hangry. In this post, we share tips and hacks to make snacks healthier, and our favorite snacks mixes that are macro balanced with carbs, lean protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Snacking has come to have a pretty bad rap. Mostly because it has become synonymous with sweets and unhealthy eating. People snack out of convenience, which makes chips, cookies and pastries common go-to’s. However, making your own snack mix is one of the best ways to ensure your snacks are healthy and nutritious. DIY snack mixes, made with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits are loaded with healthy fats, antioxidants, protein and fibre to keep you satisfied and help you lose weight. Take a look at our favourite homemade recipes below!

4 Ways to Make DIY Snack Mixes Healthier

1. Add Nuts

Nuts are packed with protein and are also a great source of healthy fat. They’re loaded with antioxidants, including polyphenols that can combat oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals. And although they’re considered high in calories, they can actually help you lose weight since they’re high in protein and fibre and make you feel full for longer.

2. Don’t Forget Seeds

They may be small, but seeds are healthy little powerhouses that pack a serious nutritional punch. They’re high in protein, iron and magnesium, along with an array of other vitamins and minerals. They’re a good source of plant-based, healthy fats and are also high in antioxidants and fibre.

3. Opt for Sun Dried Fruit

Since it’s high in sugar, dried fruit is a good way to boost your low blood sugar after an intense workout. Just be careful when picking the dried fruit for your snack mix. Look for sun dried fruit that isn’t coated in sugar and is unsulfured for the healthiest choice.

4. Choose Dark Chocolate

There are plenty of packaged snack mixes that contain white and milk chocolate, which are both super high in sugar and calories. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, is a powerful source of antioxidants and rich in minerals like iron, magnesium and zinc. Although it’s still high in calories and should be kept to about 1 ounce per day, dark chocolate may also play a role in controlling appetite, which can help with weight loss. Be sure to choose 70% cacao or higher for the most benefits.

10 DIY Snack Mixes for Weight Loss

1. Healthy Trail Mix | The Healthy Maven

This mix includes a good combination of healthy ingredients including raw pecans and cashews, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and unsweetened cherries and raisins. It also contains 82% dark chocolate, along with sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. This mix is ideal to eat after high physical activity, when you need energy, fast!

2. High Protein Trail Mix | Plant Based Cooking 

This high protein snack mix will help keep you satisfied between meals so you don’t blow your healthy diet. It includes dry-roasted soy beans, pistachios and almonds, pumpkin seeds and freeze-dry berries. It also contains dark chocolate oat clusters made with whole oats and cacao nibs.

3. Healthy Vegan Peanut Chex Mix | Veg Annie 

This mix is the perfect sweet, salty and nutty combination that’s sure to please! It’s gluten-free, oil-free, low-fat and sugar-free, but so delicious that you’d never be able to tell! It contains rice Chex, mini pretzels and peanuts, covered in a healthy peanut mixture, perfect for a midday snack or get together.

4. Popcorn Trail Mix | Good Life Eats

Air-popped, lightly seasoned popcorn is a healthy snack and works great in a snack mix. It’s a high fibre whole grain that’s low in calories and can aid weight loss. Along with popcorn, this mix includes cinnamon, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, unsalted almonds, and dried cranberries and apricots. It’s crunchy, healthy and delicious!

5. Superfood Snack Mix | Tastes Lovely

This superfood snack mix is loaded with antioxidants, plus contains healthy fats, protein, fibre and other nutrients. It’s nice and sweet due to the goji berries and mulberries, which contain antioxidants and body-healing properties. And with almonds, cashews and sunflower seeds, you’re getting tons of protein, vitamins and minerals.

6. Homemade Chex Mix (Slow Cooker or Oven) | Just a Taste 

This healthy homemade Chex mix can be made in the slow cooker or in your oven. It consists of a few cereals, pretzels, walnuts and peanuts, along with a spice mix that contains paprika, garlic powder and worcheshire sauce. This one is sure to be a hit!

7. High Protein Trail Mix | Don’t Waste the Crumbs 

This homemade trail mix is high in protein and the perfect blend of salty and sweet. It’s made with simple and healthy ingredients including almonds, cashews and peanuts, dried coconut, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and chocolate chips (just make sure they’re dark chocolate!).

8. Paleo Tiger Nut Trail Mix | All the Nourishing Things 

This is the perfect snack to take on a road trip or to eat after a workout or hike. It’s packed with resistant starch from tiger nuts, along with nourishing soaked and dried cashews and Brazil nuts. Resistant starch acts as food for beneficial gut bacteria, making tiger nuts good for your gut. The mix also contains dried cranberries, raisins and chocolate chunks.

9. Delish Healthy Snack Mix | How Sweet Eats 

This healthy snack mix contains a bunch of flavourful ingredients, from banana chips and flaked coconut, to almonds, pecans, hemp hearts, chia seeds and more. It’s sweet, savoury and super crunchy and there are lots of different textures too. It’s an ideal make-ahead snack that will keep you satisfied!

10. Healthy Cinnamon Popcorn Mix | Eating Richly 

If you’re searching for a substitute for your buttery popcorn at family movie night, look no further. This cinnamon popcorn is sweet yet healthy. You get whole grains from the aired popcorn, protein and fibre from the pecans and vitamin C from the apples. Not to mention, antioxidants from the cinnamon. It’s also dairy free and vegan thanks to the coconut oil!

These DIY snack mixes are healthy and delicious. Reach for them whenever you feel the munchies coming on for a nutritious and weight conscious snack!

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10 Filling DIY Snack Mixes for Weight Loss | Contrary to popular belief, snacking doesn't have to derail your weight loss goals! In fact, adding balanced snacks into your daily meal plan can help you lose weight as it keeps your blood sugar stable and ensures you don't give into unhealthy food cravings when you get hangry. In this post, we share tips and hacks to make snacks healthier, and our favorite snacks mixes that are macro balanced with carbs, lean protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

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