Recently I was giving some advice to a friend about what snacks are good snacks to snack on during the day or between meals. I will be the first to admit that I am a BIG snacker. I would not make it through the day if I did not have my snacks. But the key to maintaining a healthy eating habit is to find the right kind of snacks to consume throughout the day.
Of course you can snack on fresh raw veggies and fruit. These are my favorite and some of the easy things to grab especially in a time crunch. With some fruit and veggies, I have found some healthy dips to use on them to make them a little more enjoyable. The key to allowing yourself to splurge on these type of dips is to make sure that you do not use too much and to find a dip that is not packed full of calories.
The key to snacking is not to eat something that will make you full. The idea is to consumer something that has nutrients that will satisfy you until you have your next meal. And since a snack is just a snack, you want something that is low in calories.
I will now give a few examples of some great snacks to have during the day! And the best part is that most of them are 150 calories or less!!
Hummus with Pita and Peas
3 tablespoons hummus; 1/2 whole-grain pita, cut into pieces; and 1/2 cup pea pods
Strawberries with Chocolate Sauce
1 cup strawberries drizzled with 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Apple and Peanut Butter
1 medium apple, sliced, with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Pumpernickel with Swiss Cheese
3 slices mini pumpernickel with 1 slice Swiss cheese
Oatmeal and Berries
1 packet low-sugar oatmeal topped with a handful of berries
Spiced Maple Yogurt
Spiced maple yogurt: 6 ounces plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and a dash of cinnamon
Green Tea with Cookie
Unsweetened green tea with 1 oatmeal dark-chocolate cookie (such as TLC by Kashi)
1 trail-mix granola bar
1 chocolate pudding cup with 1 graham-cracker square crushed and sprinkled on top
12-ounce nonfat cafe mocha (with no whipped cream)