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Slimming, Satisfying Snacks

Why snack? Snacking throughout the day can help keep your energy levels up, curb your appetite to tame overeating later in the day and may even help you lose weight (if you snack smart!). Snacks are also a great way to fill in any nutrition gaps. Aim to build a nutrition powerhouse combo of fiber-dense carbohydrates paired with hunger-sustaining lean protein or filling healthy fat. A good rule of thumb is to keep snacks around 200 calories or less. Here are some of my healthy favorites that can satisfy your craving for something a little bit sweet or salty.

  1. Oatmeal is not just for breakfast. Cook up a packet of lower sugar flavored oatmeal and top with 1 Tbsp. slivered almonds. The oatmeal packs in about 3 grams of fiber and only 4 grams of sugar. The almonds provide crunch with 3 grams of healthy fat. You may choose the plain oatmeal for zero grams of sugar.
  2. You can’t go wrong with crunchy raw veggies. If you missed your share at lunch, do not despair. Dip a cup of baby carrots in about 2 Tbsp. hummus spread. Try the 100-calorie snack packs and use twice for a smaller portion each time. Hummus has 3 ½ grams of fat and zero saturated fat. The carrots have 4 grams of filling fiber.
  3. Yes, chips can be a healthy snack too, especially when they are lower fat and paired with avocados! Munch on 15 baked tortilla chip scoops filled with about 2 Tbsp. guacamole. For convenience, you can buy the 100-calorie individual packs of guacamole. There are 2 grams of fiber in the low fat chips and about 5 grams of heart healthy fat in the guacamole. Plus, the scoops are fun to eat!
  4. A “skinny” apple…Slice up an apple of your choice and add a side of raw walnuts – 1Tbsp. Tip: slice the apple into very skinny slivers and enjoy multiple slices.
  5. Go Greek with a single serving container of plain nonfat Greek yogurt and top with a crumbled up graham cracker square. Optional: add 1Tbsp. dark chocolate flavored almonds, a real treat indeed!

What are some of your favorite hunger satisfying snacks?

  1. doye bayird jr
    May 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I like ice cream to much any help i guess i avg. eating a 2 pints per week

    • Elana Zimelman
      May 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      There are many good tasting low fat ice creams out there; however, it is best to limit yourself to one serving or less per day. It might be helpful to not purchase ice cream by the pint or gallon and instead buy the pre-portioned varieties. Try to eat a pre-portioned ice cream bar or sandwich, that is also lower in fat and calories. On the label, look for 150 calories or less per serving and 3 g or less of total fat per serving. Some of my favorites are the Skinny Cow and Weight Watchers ice cream bars and low-fat ice cream sandwiches. They are delicious!

  2. Vivian Reyes
    May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    i enjoy slice apple with almond butter(raw crunchy unsalted).

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