Slimming Snacks :)
Grab some Ziploc baggies and make these 100-calorie snack packs.
One Horizon organic mozzarella cheese stick: 80 calories
Three cups of air-popped popcorn: 93 calories
One Lundberg organic brown rice cake smeared with one tablespoon hummus: 70 + 23 = 93 calories
Two large red bell peppers cut in strips: 85 calories
Eight Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips: 93 calories
One date paired with five almonds: 66 + 35 = 101 calories
2/3 of a Barbara’s Blueberry Multigrain Cereal Bar: 90 calories
One medium bosc pear, washed and sliced: 96 calories
17 unsalted peanuts: 99 calories
One small banana: 90 calories
Five Triscuits: 100 calories
Half an Odwalla Sweet & Salty Peanut bar cut up into bit-sized squares: 95 calories
TURKEY, CHEESE, AND APPLE SLICES
Grab some sliced deli turkey plus cheddar or American cheese and partner it with a high-carb fruit, like an apple, grapes, pear, or banana. “Fruit without some kind of protein isn’t a great choice for keeping energy high,” says Christine Gerbstadt, a Florida-based M.D. and R.D. But if fruit is all you have, yogurt or cottage cheese will pair well with it.
JUICE AND TOASTED SOY NUTS
You may not think to snack on them, but 2 ounces of dried soybeans (about 1/2 cup) contain 34 grams of protein and less fat than other nuts. Pair them with a small amount of apple, grape, or cranberry juice—but stay away from sweetened “juice drinks” and blends. Look for labels that say “100% juice,” “low-sugar,” or “all-natural.”
A SANDWICH ON WHOLE-GRAIN BREAD
For a savory afternoon snack, try a lean turkey sandwich or wholewheat pita bread with 2 ounces of water-packed tuna or light tuna salad. If you’re tired of traditional sandwiches, try spreading 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on a slice of whole-grain bread or a multigrain English muffin and topping it off with a few slices of ripe banana.
LOW-FAT YOGURT AND GRANOLA
Grab a cup of your favorite yogurt and pair it with a 1/2 cup of granola. Just be sure to check the ingredients. Oats and other grains like barley or buckwheat—not sugar—should be listed first, says Gerbstadt. To make your own granola, douse oats with a bit of OJ, toss in nuts and dried fruit, and bake until lightly browned.
Surprise! A small slice of last night’s delivery can actually be a good post-workout energizer. Just keep it small and lose some of the less-good toppings like sausage or pepperoni. (Pairing it with milk or a piece of fresh fruit will offset all those carbs.) “Just remember to think of it as ‘a little something’ and not as a complete meal,” Gerbstadt cautions.
Snacking isn’t just acceptable, it’s encouraged, says Denver nutritionist Lainie Cooper. Having a low-calorie snack in the morning between breakfast and lunch and again between lunch and dinner can help keep you from overeating at the day’s larger meals. Here are a few light yet satisfying between-meal nibbles.
Want something salty?
Kale chips: Spray kale leaves lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a touch of cayenne if you like things spicy. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20 minutes, or until crispy.
Baked pita chips and creamy curry dip: Stir a teaspoon of curry powder and a pinch of salt into 1/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt. Use baked pita chips to dip.
Craving something sweet?
Berry roll-ups: Spread a small, whole-grain tortilla with a thin layer of Neufchatel and sprinkle with just a pinch of sugar (or sugar substitute) and a dash of cinnamon. Place raspberries, blueberries or sliced strawberries at the base and roll.
Frozen chocolate banana bites: Slice a banana into 1-inch-thick rounds. Press a single chocolate chip into each slice. Place banana slices on a baking sheet, leaving a few inches between slices, and freeze overnight.
Gluten Free and Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
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Carb + protein snack :)
Guacamole - Avocado mashed with some lemon juice, tomato and garlic. Simply filling! It has vitamins and good fats for you to burn.
Blueberries with Greek yogurt – Instead of buying a blueberry flavored yogurt, make one for yourself with real blueberries. This yummy snack is packed with Vitamin C and proteins.
Avocado with Bananas - Mash slices of avocados and bananas. Sprinkle in some low-fat milk and you have a tasty treat rich in potassium, fats and fiber.
Apple slices with peanut butter - Dip freshly sliced apples in peanut butter for a snack that’s high in proteins, fiber and vitamins.