Healthy snacks can be an important part of your diet. They can help regulate your blood sugar levels, and, very importantly – stop you from overeating, later. It’s important, though, to choose specific kinds of snacks!
If they are too high in calories, you may gain weight – if you eat too many, along with your regular meals. All your calories add up, but, healthy snacks, under 200 calories, will give you the energy boost you need, between meals. Healthy snacks add extra vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats to your diet. Skip the sugary muffin, and try these –
1. Half an Apple With A Tablespoon of Peanut Butter
Apples are full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Peanut butter has protein and nut butter. The combination will keep you feeling fuller, than munching on an apple, alone. Half an apple is 63 calories, and peanut butter is 94. Delicious!
2. Two Hard Boiled Eggs
Yes, two! Eggs are one of nature’s superfoods. Two, large, boiled eggs are only 155 calories. They are rich in protein (12g) and the yolks are full of healthy nutrients. Eg. choline, a nutrient that helps your eyes. An egg-cellent choice!
3. A Cup of Greek Yoghurt with Fruit
Greek yogurt is higher in protein than regular yogurt, and a cup has only 100 calories. It is unsweetened so you will need to add some strawberries (46 calories for about a cup), or other soft fruit.
Yoghurt is rich in calcium too, so you’re adding good nutrition to your diet by snacking on yogurt with fruit.
4. Popcorn Pop Pop
Popcorn is packed with healthy fiber and is excellent for your digestive system. It is also very low in calories. How much can you have? Well, a microwave bag, of air-popped popcorn, has only 100 calories. How hungry are you?!
Remember to choose the low sodium, non-flavored, variety! Skip the butter – caramel, or you’ll be in the high-calorie zone. Read your labels, and make sure there are no trans fats. You can also make it yourself!
5. Go Nuts
Well, within moderation. About ¼ of a cup of nuts makes a super healthy snack. Nuts have protein and healthy monounsaturated fats. Enjoy!
Almonds have fewer calories than cashew or pistachios, but, unless you’re very strict, they are equally good choices, and delicious. (Almonds, 155; cashews, 157; pistachios, 170.)
6. String Cheese And An Apple
It’s important to buy low fat, string cheese. A stick of string cheese is between 60 to 80 calories and an apple (Rich in fiber and nutrients) about 126.
Cheese is full of calcium and protein and will help keep you feeling fuller, for longer. Healthy snacks will help regulate your blood sugar.
7. Carrots or Celery with Hummus or Dip
Carrots are very low in calories and a good source of Vitamin A. About a cup of carrot sticks only has 50 calories. Pair nature’s favorite, diet friendly, food with about ¼ cup of hummus (93), or, a creamy dip. (132) Yum, yum. Celery also makes a delicious, crisp, snacking vegetable.
8. Home Made Salsa With Tortilla Chips
Yes, you can have chips as a healthy snack! Choose baked, not fried, and you’ll need to be strict about how many you can have. (10) Homemade salsa only!
The store bought brands have too many hidden sugars and sodium. Enjoy the delicious fresh zing of spicy, fresh tomato and crisp tortilla chips. Yum. (Baked Tortilla chips, 120; Salsa, 40)
9. Toasted English Muffin With Cream Cheese
You can enjoy half a toasted English Muffin (64 and two tablespoons of cream cheese (99). Add a sprinkle of mixed herbs to give it a little character. You can also choose a low-fat option, which will be fewer calories.
While it might be tempting to add more, and more, ingredients – sliced turkey, ham, tomatoes, pecorino – please remember, this is just a snack and not a meal! Enjoy.
10. Protein Bars
Read your labels carefully. Protein bars that are low in sugar, and carbohydrates, make a good choice, but, you need to be eagle-eyed! They are a healthy, protein-rich, snacks, but, choose carefully. Look for healthy nuts, seeds, and unsweetened bars! Enjoy.
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