One of the many obstacles to eating healthy and losing weight is the issue of time management. So often, it’s so much easier to grab a bag of chips or a cookie from that strategically-placed box on the counter than it is to prepare a healthy, filling snack.
If you can find ten minutes in your afternoon, however, then you have ten delicious snacks to add to your diet. Bonus? All of these are 150 calories or less.
Peanut Butter Pleasure
Peanut butter can add a much-needed zing to an otherwise bland meal or snack. All of these preparations use full-fat, smooth peanut butter. For more calorie savings, try using a reduced-fat version.
Apple with Peanut Butter: Cut an apple in half along the core. Remove the seeds and fibrous parts and fill with peanut butter (½ apple, 50 cal; 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 90 cal; total calories, 140).
Ants on a Log: Wash a celery stalk and remove the ends. Cut into 2-inch pieces, fill with peanut butter, and top with raisins (1 stalk celery, 10 cal; 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 90 cal; 12 raisins, 20 cal, total calories, 120).
Peanut Butter Crackers: Top saltine crackers with peanut butter (3 crackers, 60 cal; 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 90 cal; total calories, 150)
Fats, the Non-Jiggly Kind
Some fat is essential to any healthy diet; the trick is finding which kind and how much. These three preparations include the “good” fats – monosaturated and polyunsaturated.
Hummus with Bell Pepper Slices: Wash, seed, and slice a sweet bell pepper. Serve with hummus (3 Tbsp commercially-prepared hummus, 100 cal; ½ yellow bell pepper, 25 cal; total calories, 125).
Avocado-Cream Cheese Spread on Toast Soldiers: Mix mashed avocado with softened cream cheese. Spread onto toasted strips of white bread (1/8 avocado, 40 cal; 1/12 c low-fat cream cheese, 40 cal; 1 slice commercially-prepared white bread, 65 cal; total calories, 145).
Ranch Dip with Carrot Sticks: Mix sour cream with powdered ranch mix. Serve with carrot matchsticks (1/16 c sour cream, 55 cal; 1 serving ranch mix, 5 cal; 1 c carrot sticks, 50 cal; total calories, 110).
Grab ‘n Go
Some days, you simply don’t have the time to prepare anything. Thankfully, there’s an alternative to chips and cookies that’s just as fast.
Almonds: 19 kernels, 145 cal.
Pretzels: 6 twists, 140 cal.
Grapes: 1 cup, 60 cal.
Low Moisture, Part-Skim String Cheese: 1 stick, 80 cal.
Nutritional information was gathered from Nutrition.gov, a creation of the National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture. All calorie values are rounded; actual caloric content may vary.
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