When snacking time arrives, you need something to just tie you up until the next meal. Portion control is the key. It’s a snack and therefore should be small, 100 calories is plenty. If you eat too much it will ruin your dinner. Chose wisely. Try some of the following recipes and skip the vending machine, they are so simple with ingredients that most likely you have at home. The taste and freshness will be rewarding.
If you are on the go, portion out servings into individual baggies ahead of time and take with you.
Snacks with fiber will be digested more slowly and keep you feeling full for longer. Great high-fiber snacks include whole-grain crackers, bean dips, cereal, nuts, fruit and vegetables.
Remember just because a snack is sugar-free, it doesn’t mean it’s carbohydrate-free.
Fresh snacks can be a great pick me up, wholesome, fresh and delicious. Keep an eye on portion size, no more than half a cup.
- 3 or 4 tomato slices with some olive oil, you can sprinkle some feta cheese and herbs on top.
- Crumbled feta cheese over watermelon and sprinkle with mint leaves, super refreshing.
- Dried nori can be addictive, great tasting.
- Use cucumbers as crackers and enjoy them with hummus or tapenade and garnish with herbs.
- Combine strips of red or green bell, chopped broccoli and scallions and dip them in some Greek yogurt with a touch of horseradish.
- Shredded carrots with a dash of sesame oil, lime juice honey and cayenne pepper.
- Stuff celery sticks with cashew butter and dot with dry currants or cranberries.
- Spread some toast with tahini and top with alfalfa sprouts or shredded carrots
When the urge for something sweet strikes, try some flavorful solutions:
- Freeze green and red grapes until they are firm. Eat them while they are icy cold, they will be delicious and refreshing, and you will not miss the ice cream cone.
- Cut a tangerine into segments drizzle with a little bit of honey and dust with cocoa and if you feel adventurous a small dash of chili powder.
- Sprinkle fresh berries with granola and microwave until warm. Great quick healthy cobbler.
- Microwave a sweet potato and mash it with some orange juice. It makes two or more servings, so be ready to share.
Keep the portions small and the ingredients fresh. You might like some of these snacks so much that you can adapt them to be a whole dessert or party dish. Enjoy!