Friday, January 20, 2012

25 Healthy Snacks that Won’t Kill Your Diet

Eating on the run is one of the biggest enemies for people trying to stick to a healthy diet.

Fitness and Nutrition experts recommend eating small meals throughout the day (5 or 6). So what do you eat between breakfast and lunch and that long stretch between lunch and dinner that’s healthy and nutritious too? To help you keep on track with healthy eating with a weight loss program or weight maintenance program, skip the high carbohydrate, high sugar snacks such as pretzels, bagels, chips or cookies. Add in some protein, fruit or veggies to curb the hunger pangs. Here are a few suggestions.

1.      Green apple

2.      5 olives (45 calories)

3.      2 oz. turkey breast wrapped around a sliced tomato or pickle

4.      ¼ c. hummus, 3 carrot sticks (80 cal.)

5.      1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss wedge, celery sticks, or cracker thins

6.      6 almonds

7.      1 container Greek yogurt (unflavored-100 cal.)

8.      1 c. unshelled edamame (120 cal.)

9.      ¼ c. chicken salad made w/ chopped celery & low fat mayo

10.  2 pieces proscuito, 4 dried figs (154 cal.)

11.  1 (100 cal.) Balance Bar or low cal, low carb, low sugar protein bar.

12.   1 P90X Protein Bar (great before a workout)

13.   Shakeology shake

14.  1 hardboiled egg

15.  Non-fat cottage cheese

16.  Shrimp w/ cocktail sauce

17.  Celery and peanut butter

18.  1 string cheese

19.  Ham and low fat cheese slice roll-up

20.   Small piece beef jerky

21.  Orange slices

22.  Frozen grapes

23.  Sunflower seeds

24.  Roasted soybeans mixed with raisins

25.  1 Rice cake (brown, whole grain rice) w/ peanut butter or melted low-fat cheese

Carry healthy snacks with you to prevent over eating like unsalted almonds or trail mix. It’ll keep you from buying that giant cookie at Starbucks. And protein will give you added energy.

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