Everyday we snack. We snack between breakfast and lunch, we snack between lunch and dinner and we snack between dinner and bedtime. Snacking doesn’t automatically mean unhealthy, though. Most nutritionists and dietitians today recognize the importance of eating more smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to eating 3 large meals. This means that snacking plays an important role in our overall health. The key is to find snacks that will keep you satisfied, healthy and won’t sneak in added calories.
Here are 6 snacks that are all 150 calories or less so that you have the energy to make it through the day while staying healthy, too!
Cheese and Crackers – Just because cheese has a reputation for being high fat doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it in smaller quantities. Instead of covering your dinner with melted cheese, spread a “light” spreadable cheese, such as Swiss or Boursin on high-fiber crackers. With the fiber in the crackers and the protein in the cheese you only need 3-4 crackers to fill you up.
Hummus and Vegetables – Use 2 tablespoons of hummus and pair with your favorite assortment of vegetables. Not only are veggies packed with essential nutrients, but they’re high in fiber which will keep you full. Hummus is typically made from chickpeas and tahini and is high in protein. Pair veggies like carrots, celery or broccoli with your favorite hummus flavor.
Apple with Peanut Butter – Apples are a great snacking choice. A large apple with the skin left on is about 100 calories and has lots of fiber as well. The peanut butter adds protein and tasty flavor to the apple. Use one medium apple with one tablespoon peanut butter and you will have a snack that will keep you satisfied and healthy.
Almonds – Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts to eat! They’re high in vitamin E and monounsatuated fats–the good fat responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol and improving HDL cholesterol. Almonds are higher in fat, so eat only about 1/4 cup at a time to stick within 150 calorie mark.
Popcorn – Either pop a bag of low-fat microwave popcorn, or even better, pop your own popcorn. Air poppers are cheap and easy to use. Spice up your popcorn by using a butter-flavored spray or your favorite herbs and seasonings. This will save you lots of calories and fat, but doesn’t leave you wanting for flavor!
Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt is another healthy snacking option. It’s makes for a better snack than normal yogurt because it has way more protein and less sugar. This means that it will keep you full without spiking your blood sugar levels, which can cause even more sugar cravings. A 6-ounce yogurt is about 120 calories!