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Healthy Snacking

April 11, 2011

There are literally tons of great guilt free snacks out on the market these days. I’m much more of a meal eater than a snacker–but I find that 3pm is usually the time of day that I really need a snack to keep me going. After Leighton was born, I lived off of skinny latte’s from Starbucks. The combination of calcium, caffeine, and convenience were very appealing πŸ™‚

These days, I’ve sworn off of Starbucks. I bought a Keurig coffee maker and can brew my own skinny iced vanilla coffees at a fraction of the cost. I figured that 50 cents vs 5 dollars was an absolute no brainer. And now that Leighton is sleeping through most nights, I have lowered my latte habit to about two afternoons a week…usually after a long play date!

So what do you grab when the munchies strike? I like options with a combination of carbohydrate and protein to keep me going.

Whole Food Options

  • String cheese and apple or pear
  • berries and a half cup cottage cheese
  • banana and 1 TBS peanut butter
  • celery and wedge of spreadable cheese
  • carrots and hummus
  • whole wheat crackers with either cheese, hummus, cottage cheese, or peanut butter
  • smoothie made with frozen fruit, low fat sugar free yogurt, ice (see my recipe index for green smoothie options)
  • Soups–I like tomato or minestrone that is packed with veggies. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh grated parmesan.
  • Melon and proscuitto
  • Melon and cottage cheese
  • half a sandwich with lean turkey/ham/roast beef and spicy mustard or horseradish
  • small tortilla with cheese
  • 7 baked tortilla chips with 1 tbs bean dip and salsa
  • whole grain cereal–1/2 cup cereal and 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • yogurt and 1/4 cup whole grain cereal
  • 1/2 cup rice with 1/2 cup chopped veggies or fruit (microwave)

 

  • Sweet Stuff
  • cinnamon bread toast with 1/4 c applesauce
  • small tortilla with smashed banana and 1 T honey
  • luna or balance bar (they make a smaller snack size now that is only 80 calories!)
  • biscotti and coffee (one cookie won’t break your calorie budget but feel quite indulgent)
  • chocolate pudding with 2TBS low fat whipped topping
  • sugar free carnation instant breakfast drink (hot or blended with ice)
  • Yogurt
  • Skinny Cow ice cream treats (usually 150 calories or less and contains fiber)
  • Diana’s Bananas (130 calorie frozen banana dipped in chocolate. So hard to find in my area by worth hoarding when I do!)
  • Berries with a drizzle of chocolate syrup
  • Watermelon, Cantaloup, Honeydew, fresh cherries, peaches….summer is almost here and the best foods are often fresh.
  • Make your own trail mix–sweet cereal, healthy cereal, dried fruit, nuts (1/4c is about 120 calories)
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Vitatops muffins (perfect when heated and topped in whipped cream. Almost like cake!)
  • 100 calorie mini bags of kettle corn popcorn

Notice I am not a huge fan of the 100 calorie snack pack. Although they can be tasty, they are totally empty calories and typically leave me hungrier than when I started. They certainly have their place…great for travel and bribing kiddos…I usually have a stash in my purse.

Salty and Savory

  • popcorn
  • pretzels (I love pretzel nuggets dipped into spicy mustard)
  • baked chips (single servings…if you can’t handle them in the house…don’t buy them.)
  • nuts (1/4c equals a serving)
  • tomato juice with 1 oz cheese and 2 whole wheat crackers
  • olives (watch the portion size…not for those avoiding sodium)
  • pickles (my pregnancy friend!)
  • a slice of whole grain bread spread with olive tapenade or a wedge of spreadable cheese, like laughing cow
  • cottage cheese and veggies (add garlic, pepper, and or spices to mix it up)
  • roll ups made with low fat cheese and deli meat (stuff with shredded carrots, cucumber, or bell pepper strips
  • A Virgin Mary– V-8 juice, celery stalk, tabasco, lime, spices

Crying baby–got to run! Happy snacking πŸ™‚

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2011 2:39 am

    Oooh… so many good ideas! And I’m a MAJOR snacker. As in, I’d rather eat snacks *all* day long than bother with meals πŸ™‚ I’ll be using some of your suggestions!

  2. Liz permalink
    April 12, 2011 2:14 pm

    I also love my meals, but I usually need a snack in the afternoon. These are great ideas I will definitely be referring to in the future! I need to stay prepared in order to stay on track, but most of these options are easy to prep and affordable.

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