Whether you are trying to eat right, or lose a few pounds, smart snacks help balance the food we eat. Healthy, smart snacks keep you on track and focused. When trying to eat right, distractions such as snack machines, snacks at gas stations and fatty foods right in school cafeterias are all around us. Make wise, creative snacks and take them to work with you.
Below is a list of healthy snacks for everyone, and for all purposes. Make the effort to keep your kitchen stocked with peanut butter, raisins, and other dried fruit, and low-fat crackers. Keep your refrigerator stocked with vegetables such as celery, carrots, and red, orange and green peppers. Also, keep apples, pears, cherries and grapes nearby. Remember, don't overdo portion control, it is the key to losing weight and maintaining your weight. Making the right choices are important to healthy snack.
1. Greek Yogurt - you can eat it plain, or with your favorite fruit. Greek plain yogurt is fine once or twice a week. Greek yogurt does not contain sugar like some of the other yogurt brands. Read the labels carefully to make sure high fructose syrup is not in the yogurt.
2. Apple slices with low-fat cheese is a quick. This snack is filled with fiber, and
water. The fat from the low-fat helps sustain you through the day.
3. Low-fat microwave popcorn like Pop Secret Low-fat Butter Flavor Popcorn
does not contain as much butter or salt. This makes a smart afternoon snack
or a great snack while watching television.
4. Pretzels - If you stick to 10 medium-sized pretzels you can curb your appetite
until lunch. Pretzels have fiber that gives you some of the recommended
amount you need for your daily intake. This makes a great substitute for the
Calories 40 (10 pretzels)
5. Homemade Trail Mix - make your own trail mix. Walnuts, raisins and a pinch of mini
chocolate chips has the right amount of sweetness to help you through the
afternoon cravings. One ounce gives a boost of energy. Another example is cashews,
sunflowers seeds, and a pinch of raisins.
Calories: 250 for the Walnut Mix (1 ounce), 270 Cashew Mix (1 ounce)
6. Baby Carrots - are rich in alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, it turns into
Vitamin A once it goes through your system. Carrots have lots of fiber, potassium,
calcium, and magnesium. Carrots have phytonutrients which prevent anti-
aging and disease fighting nutrients.
Calories: 12 10 ounces of baby carrots
7. Tomato Soup with Baby Carrots - this snack is great when you need a boost, and you
want to feel full. One can of tomato soup with fresh baby carrots is full of
nutrients. You will be full of alpha carotene, beta carotene and lycopene. This
is a light dinner if you have eaten a large lunch.
8. Hummus is a dip or spread made from chickpeas. Mashed chickpeas, lemon juice,
olive oil, tahini, salt, and fresh garlic is great on crackers, celery or bread.
This is a popular food in the Middle East and North Africa.
Calories 50 for original hummus, 65 -75 calories varieties of flavors
9. Peanut butter is full of protein, fiber, and B vitamins. Make a peanut butter and
honey sandwich with whole-grain bread for lunch or a snack. It is filling. Also
peanut butter on celery sticks is an energizing smart snack.
Wonderful snack for school children after school.
Calories: 330/calories: 2 celery sticks with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter 148
10. Frozen Grapes - frozen grapes are good any time, but they are especially
delicious on a hot summer day. They are packed with nutrients. Flavonoids are in
grapes and reduce inflammation in the body. Grapes also have cancer fighting
Calories: 31 1/2 cup, 104 calories 1 whole cup.
Eating healthy, smart snacks give the body energy, and nutritional value in between meals. Try these ideas, and enjoy your snacks.