Body Buzz: Snacks With More Flavor and Less Calories

While some diet books may suggest that you have to avoid entire food groups when snacking, the truth is that the healthiest snacks are actually combinations of food groups. Combining carbohydrates with proteins is one example, the reason being that it provides satisfying flavor and texture, while digesting slowly, so you feel full longer. Here is a list of a few snacks with 150 calories or less that you can enjoy without the guilt and added weight gain!

Dark Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries Between the fiber in the strawberries and dark chocolate’s antioxidants and cholesterol-reducing fats, this sweet treat is actually a healthy indulgence. Ingredients: 1 ounce dark chocolate chips, melted 3/4 cup strawberries (about 5 to 6 medium). Calories: 150

Cheese and Crackers High-fiber rye crackers spread with light Rondele or Boursin cheese is a great choice. (My favorite is Laughing Cow Light Swiss spreadable cheese) Each equals a crisp, creamy snack that’s got lots of flavor without a lot of calories. Ingredients: 3 rye crackers, 2 tablespoons spreadable “light” cheese. Calories: 140

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Peanut Butter with Apples The apple’s fiber and complex carbs get a boost from peanut butter’s fat and protein. Choose chunky peanut butter, advises Bonci, for more fiber and a “chewier” texture. For a change of taste, try a pear or banana, or use soy nut butter, which contains heart-healthy isoflavones. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 medium apple. Calories: 150

Tasty Tuna Sandwich Blend low-cal dressing or mayo into water-packed tuna and stuff mixture into a small whole wheat pita for a protein-rich snack with heart-healthy fats. Ingredients: 2 ounces water-packed tuna, 1 tablespoon light dressing or mayonnaise, 6-inch whole wheat pita pocket. Calories: 150

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Heat up some cooked pasta with frozen mixed vegetables, throw in some light salad dressing and feta cheese, and you’ve got just right balance of carbs, protein, fat, and fiber. Ingredients: 1/2 cup pasta, 1/2 cup frozen vegetables, 2 tablespoons light dressing, 1 tablespoon feta cheese. Calories: 150

Popcorn with a Twist I love popcorn! Low-fat microwave popcorn has few calories and, often, little flavor to show for it. Kick things up a notch with butter-flavored spray and savory herb seasonings. Or add extra crunch and a little heart-healthy fat by tossing in some shelled sunflower seeds. Ingredients: Mini-bag of low-fat popcorn, butter spray, seasoning. Calories: 150

Hopefully these quick and easy snack ideas with help you to enjoy some of your favorite foods without adding the calories to your waistline!

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