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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?