Need of some inspiration when it comes to snacks? Here’s a list of the best and worst snacks for women over forty, so you can optimise your nutrition.
We often get asked about snacks by women over forty looking to lose weight. When it comes to snacking, it’s important to get your nutrition right.
We’ve worked with thousands of women in their 40s and 50s who’ve felt stuck because they didn’t know what snacks they should be eating to get the scales moving. In most cases, people tend to eat things they think are ‘healthy’, yet they often step on the scales after a long week of ‘dieting’ and see zero movement (or perhaps they are heavier than before)!
When you’re not seeing results, it’s very hard to stay motivated. This is why a lot of women end up giving up.
The reason this happens is simple. Women’s bodies and hormones start to change as you get older, which can make it easier to gain weight (especially around the middle) and harder to lose it again. This is especially true with the ‘normal’ methods of exercise.
However, with the right nutrition approach, which is designed for women over forty, you can quickly and easily get the scales moving and drop 2 stone in as little as 12 weeks!
What makes a good snack?
A great snack can be determined by a few factors. We recommend it being:
- High protein
- High fibre
- Not too high in calories
Additionally, it should be tasty too! This way, you don’t feel like you’re missing out, which makes it much easier to stick to you diet.
It’s also worth mentioning that a good snack shouldn’t be more-ish, so you aren’t tempted to over-consume.
What makes a bad snack?
The worst snacks include ones which are:
- High in calories
- Low in protein
- Low in fibre
Additionally, you want to avoid anything that comes in a packet with a list of ingredients you wouldn’t find in your kitchen – such as dextrose, maltodextrin, hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers, diglycerides of fatty acids. Many of these ingredients are linked to heart disease and cancer, which is another reason it’s important to avoid them.
The worst snacks for weight loss
Here’s a list of snacks we recommend avoiding, so you can make better decisions when it comes to your nutrition:
- Biscuits: 240kcal per 3 chocolate digestive biscuits
- Belvita biscuits: These are pure carbs and not remotely filling
- Muffins: Starbucks muffins are 360kcal and very high in sugar. They’re not remotely filling and can be as many calories as a whole healthy meal!
- Cereal bars: These appear healthy, and often use words like protein or fibre, but actually often contain a lot less
- Fancy crisps: Kettle chips can be up to 750kcal for a larger bag!
- Sweets and chocolate bars
The best snacks for weight loss
Here are some of our favourite snacks for weight loss, so you can make the right decisions for your body:
- Reduced fat hummus with cut up carrots, cucumber or celery (avoid pita/bread)
- Yoghurts: 0% fat Greek yoghurt (not greek-style) is only 91kcal for a tub
- Protein yoghurts (such as Arla)
- Savoury Snack-a-Jacks: Just go for 1 small packet; avoid buying big packs of anything!
- A whole punnet of berries: e.g. blueberries, strawberries or raspberries (berries are the lowest calorie fruit)
- Nuts: Ideally un-roasted, however these are higher in calories so buy small bags
- Dry roasted edamame beans: These have more protein than nuts
- Boiled eggs: These are high in protein and healthy fats – very filling
If you’re interested in finding a long-term, sustainable diet designed for women over 40, you can find out more about working with us here!