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5 Slimming Snacks

Posted Oct 18 2013 7:00am
Happy Friday friends!  This weekend I am heading to Boston for a girls weekend and then crossing the country to attend the Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) for dietitians.  I've heard the expo is like trick-or-treating with all the healthy samples. Sign me up!

On today's Friday 5 I'm going to give you 5 slimming snacks to add to your weekly rotation.
The many faces of the RD from Fox 35.
Snacks are a HUGE part of my healthy eating plan and I recommend 2-3 150-200 calorie snacks per day with all my nutrition clients.   The Diet Diva, Tara Gidus , recommends thinking of snacks as a "bridge between meals".  They shouldn't fill you up, but they just give you enough gas to get to you next meal.

The downside of snacking is that we can get more calories than we bargain for, which can add to increased pounds over time.  A recent study showed the snacking is becoming truly the "fourth meal" and snack calories are adding up to 25-30% of total calories.  That's a significant increase over our snacking numbers in the 1970's.

1. 100 calorie pack of mixed nuts
Nuts are my fave "fill me up" snack, however we all know the calories add up.  Using the pre-portioned packages insure that we eat just enough and they are perfect for on-the-go snacking.  However if you are already beyond starving reach for something with more sugar.  Research has shown that satiety from nuts takes longer to register than foods with more sugars/carbohydrates.
Kyle enjoys Planters roasted nuts - haha!
2. 3 cups of air popped popcorn
If you are someone who likes to feel like you are eating a lot than this volume packed snack is perfect for you.  Not only will it fill you up and take time to eat, but popcorn is a source of whole grains and fiber.

3. 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
I am not a fan of the hard boiled egg, but I should be.  Just 2 hard boiled eggs will give you 140 calories and 12 grams of belly filling protein.

4. Skinny Mini Turkey Sandwich
Can a sandwich be a snack?  You bet ya.  Use 2 slices of reduced calorie bread, 1 oz of low sodium turkey, mustard, lettuce, and tomato.  Healthy and filling.

5. 1 pear with reduced fat string cheese
My Mom is a big fan of the pear.  I think it's safe to say that she has a pear a day and they are great for digestion.  Pairing a pear (get it?) with string cheese will give the snack a big more staying power and it will help you add more calcium into your diet.
And finally since it's Friday let's have some fun....this is not a healthy snack but it sure is bubbly!

Are you a snacker?
What's your favorite snack?
Do you know what "champs" means?

Love and my plate,
Carissa & Kyle
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