Think you can’t snack when you’re trying to lose weight? Think again. These healthy, low-calorie snacks will satisfy your diet cravings and help you reach your weight-loss goals.
For many women, dieting equals food restriction. Snacks? They usually get eliminated in the name of saving calories.
But snacking when you’re watching your weight is actually a good idea.When dieting,people often wait too long in between meals, so by the time they eat, they’re so hungry, their portions or choices are out of control. Snacking helps keep you satisfied and wards off cravings.
Here are suggested seven low-calorie snacks to help you with your diet goals.
Homemade Trail Mix
What is important when snacking? Portion size. A homemade trail mix of walnuts, mini chocolate chips, and raisins is a snack that’s satisfying (thanks to the sweetness and fat) and healthy for a dieter if portion sizes are kept in check.
Recommended serving size: about 1 ounce of walnuts and about a teaspoon each of raisins and chocolate chips
Calories: about 250
Apple Slices with Low Fat Cheese
Packed with fiber, water, and antioxidants, fruits and vegetables are great choices for diet-friendly snacking. But the standard banana or carrots and ranch dip can get old quick.
Instead, try a sliced apple with a low fat cheese wedge.Having a little extra fat is good in a snack because it sustains you longer.
Recommended serving size: 1 medium apple with 1 low fat cheese wedge.
Calories: about 105
Graham Crackers With Peanut Butter
Feeling in the mood for cookies? Take 2 graham cracker squares spread with light peanut butter. You’ll get a mix of sweet and salty flavors, plus a protein and fat boost from the peanut butter, which will keep you full till your next meal.
Recommended serving size: 2 graham cracker squares with 1 tablespoon light peanut butter
Tomato Soup With Baby Carrots
A mini-meal snack is a good idea when dinner is a long way off. The combo of tomato soup and baby carrots is not just filling,it also gives you lots of body-healthy nutrients, like potassium, cancer-fighting lycopene, and beta-carotene.Try a microwavable soup cup that you can stash in your car’s cup holder.
Recommended serving size: 1 cup tomato soup and 1 cup baby carrots
Frozen Tamale Pie
Believe it or not, a calorie-controlled frozen meal can be a great afternoon snack! Mexican Tamale Pie, for example, is chock-full of great carbs (in the form of beans and polenta) to give you energy, protein to keep you satisfied and veggies, to contribute antioxidants and vitamins. What’s more, it’s low-fat and filling!
Recommended serving size: 1 Mexican Tamale Pie
If you need your snack to have real staying power, go for a combo of good protein and a little bit of fat. A homemade egg salad is a great choice..
Chop up one whole egg and one egg white, then mix with a tablespoon of reduced-fat mayonnaise. The high-quality protein in the eggs will fuel your body for hours, while the fat helps slow digestion, so you’ll feel full and energized longer.
Recommended serving size: 1 whole egg and one white plus 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
Canned Mandarin Oranges
For a sweet fix, try mixing mandarin oranges canned in their own juice with a couple tablespoons of light whipped topping. The oranges give a great hit of vitamin C and other antioxidants, and the light whipped topping gives the snack an indulgent feel (a feeling you often miss when you’re watching what you eat).
This is a good substitute for ice cream when you’re dieting.
Recommended serving size: 1/2 cup canned mandarin oranges with 2 tablespoons light whipped topping