Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Top 10 Snacks for Under 200 Calories!

Snacking can be included into a healthy diet and even weight loss plan. Choosing the right foods to snack on can help keep you satiated and prevent you from over eating at meal time. Snacks are also a great opportunity to get in foods that might be missing from your meals like fruits, vegetables or dairy. The secret to the perfect snack is protein and fiber! These two nutrients work together to help keep you feeling full longer.

TOP 10 Snacks for Under 200 Calories!

1) Hummus and Raw Veggies 
- 1/4 cup hummus, 1 cup cut raw veggies
(175 Calories, 14g carb, 4g protein, 11g fat, 7g fiber)

2)  Greek Yogurt with Low Fat Granola
 - 6oz of your favorite greek yogurt + 1 tbsp of low fat granola
(160 Calories, 25g carb, 15g protein, 2 grams fat, 3g fiber )

3) Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese Stick and a Piece Fruit 
- 1 cheese stick and small fruit
( 140 Calories, 16g carb, 8g protein, 6g fat, 3g fiber )

4) Almonds and Dry Fruit 
- 1/2 oz (~12 nuts) and 1/4 cup dry fruit
( 142 Calories, 17g carb, 3g protein, 7g fat, 3g fiber )

5) Peanut Butter and Whole Wheat Crackers 
- 1 tbsp peanut butter + 5 crackers
(180 Calories, 19g carb, 7g protein, 10g fat, 5g fiber)

6) Popcorn 
 - 3 cup serving of plain popcorn
( 90 Calories, 18g carb, 3g protein, 1g, 4g fiber)

7) High Protein/Fiber Granola Bar (e.g. Kashi, Luna Bar, Cliff Bar) 
 - 1 bar
( 120-180 Calories, 24g carb, 5-9g protein, 2-7g  fat, 4-6g  fiber)

8) Cereal and Milk
 - 3/4 cup low sugar/high fiber cereal( choose cereal with >5 grams fiber, <6 grams sugar) + 1/2 cup non-fat or 1% milk
( ~170 Calories, 32g carb, 7g protein, 2g fat, 5g fiber)

9) Cottage Cheese and Fruit
 - 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese and 1/2 cup cut up fruit/berries
(140 Calories, 17g carb, 14g protein, 1g fat, 3g fiber)

10) Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Banana
 - 1 rice cake, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1/3 banana
(175 Calories, 17g carb, 5g protein, 8g fat,  4g fiber)

Many of these snacks are easy to pack for when you are on the run, at work, or at school!

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