31 SATISFYING 100-CALORIE SNACKS

April 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Bareskin Towel, Diet, Fitness, tips | Leave a comment
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Healthy eating isn’t all about calorie counting. Nutritious foods are key, but after calorie-laden holiday meals, it’s nice to know you can grab a quick snack that won’t fill up the energy tank all the way. Let’s be honest, hunger can creep up when it’s least convenient (like 30 minutes before a dinner reservation) so turn to this list for a small and satisfying bite that won’t ruin a healthy day.

31 Satisfying 100-Calorie-Snacks

1. Cheesy Popcorn
Toss 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese and a dash of cayenne pepper with 2 cups of freshly popped popcorn. Choose a low-fat, low-sodium pre-packaged variety or pop kernels in a small paper bag in the microwave. Grated parm can have a lot of salt, but one tablespoon has only three percent of the daily recommended value, and only 22 calories for a whole lot of added flavor.

2. Cottage Cheese and Cantaloupe
Top ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese with ½ cup of diced cantaloupe. That ½ cup ofcantaloupe delivers 50 percent of the daily recommended values of vitamins A and C, two vitamins that may help promote clear skin.

3. 14 Almonds
Almonds don’t need any extras to be a satisfying snack. Added bonus: They’re the most nutritionally dense nut (which means they have the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie). Try 8 of our cocoa dusted almonds for a sweeter version.

4. Baked Apple
Baked apples can get all dressed up and filled with oats, nuts, and other tasty stuff. But for a simple low-cal version, core a tennis-ball sized apple, dust with cinnamon, and bake at 350 for 20 minutes (or until tender but not mushy).

5. Jicama and Honey Mustard Dip
Hicka-what? Jicama (pronounced, hic-kuh-muh) is a root veggie that touts 6 grams of fiber per cup. Peel and slice up 1 ½ cups, and dip into a mixture of 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of mustard, and 1 teaspoon of honey.

6. Mexican Potato
There’s always the option to bake a potato, but for a quick snack version turn to the microwave. Pierce a medium potato (about the size of a computer mouse) a few times with a fork, and microwave on high for about five minutes or until soft (you should be able to pierece with a knife and remove without any resistance). Top ½ of the potato with 1 tablespoon of salsa and 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt (a great stand in for sour cream). Save the other half in the fridge for another snack!

PopcornPhoto by Perry Santanachote

7. Kettle Corn
Toss 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of stevia with 2 cups of freshly popped popcorn. Try shaking it all up in a paper bag or a container with a lid on it for even topping distribution. Not a fan of stevia? Swap it for 1 teaspoon of honey plus 1 teaspoon of water microwaved for 20 seconds to thin it out.

8. 22 pistachios
These little guys are the biggest bang for your calorie buck. Pistachios rank high in protein and lower in saturated fat compared to many other kinds of nuts. Pick the in-shell variety (not the pre-shelled ones) — they’re less expensive and one study found people consume up to 41 percent more calories from pistachios when they don’t have to crack the shell to work for it [1].

9. Apples and Cheese
Pair a Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light cheese wheel with half of a baseball-sized apple, sliced. The cheese has 6 grams of protein and 20 percent of the daily recommended value of calcium.

10. Red Pepper and Goat Cheese
Slice up one medium red pepper and enjoy with 2 tablespoons of soft goat cheese. Goat cheese is tangy and flavorful, and has about ⅓ fewer calories, and ⅓  the fat per ounce compared to cow’s milk cheese.

 

Read the rest of this article at greatist.com.

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