So once again we turn it over to our pals at Grandparents.com for:
17 Yummy Snacks That Help With Weight Loss
(or to help maintain your new weight if you're finished with the losing part)
We'll start you off here with our top 8 picks, then give you the link to the full article so you can grab the rest!
From Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, Fifth Edition (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), this diet-friendly chocolate recipe is a treat for your tastebuds and a blessing to your waistline.
Get the recipe: Creamy Chocolate Mousse
These fruit-nut treats taste like cookies, but with much more protein and fiber. And you can eat 'em cooked or raw! Chomp one or two when you need an energizing pick-me-up.
Get the recipe: Raisin Nut Bites
You can make this with canned pumpkin from the supermarket. Low in calories, high in fiber, and a terrific source of vitamin A, pumpkin is a true superfood which is why it's the base of this delectably light smoothie from Sparkpeople. Sprinkle the top with oatmeal, graham cracker crumbs, or a crushed vanilla wafer for added texture and taste.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
This easy, citrusy hummus recipe costs much less (and makes much more) than any store-bought brand. It gets an extra kick from minced garlic and fresh lemon juice. Served with freshly made pita chips, it's a wholesome snack any grandparent would feel good about.
Get the recipe: Lemon-Garlic Hummus with Toasted Pita Chips
From award-winning super-chef Dorie Greenspan, this light eggplant dip takes its cue from the Arabic dish baba ghanoush. It’s excellent with pita, though crackers and bread are also solid accompaniments.
Get the recipe: Healthy Eggplant Dip
Want something healthier than potato chips, but just as good? Try this easy-to-make snack. "Kale is a superfood with cancer protection and cholesterol lowering properties," says Dr. Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., a nationally recognized expert in the field of health and wellbeing. "Just one cup of chopped kale contains only 33 calories and exceeds your entire percent daily value of vitamin A, C, and K in just a few bites."
Get the recipe: Truffle Oil Kale Chips
This uncomplicated, warm snack dip whips up in less than 10 minutes, cooking time included. Serve it alongside chips or vegetables, and feel free to play around with the ingredients a bit – substitute pinto for black beans, reduce the number of chile peppers, or even top the concoction with a little extra low-fat cheese.
Get the recipe: Black Bean Dip
These sweet and tangy frozen treats take well to almost any fruit. Experiment with all the bounties of your produce section, from berries to peaches and nectarines. Lactose/dairy intolerant folks, replace the buttermilk with almond milk.
Get the recipe: Berries & Buttermilk Smoothie Ice Cream Pops
Bonus: How to Eat Healthy at Restaurants