For those of us trying to stay away from fattening foods in order to lose weight, there are an array of low-calorie snack ideas that will help you keep hunger at bay. Here are four quick, easy-to-make snacks, using ingredients you usually have at home.
Bananas and Peanut Butter
This is the perfect snack for people with a sweet tooth!
One medium-sized banana contains about 105 calories, and there are approximately 95 calories in one tablespoon of peanut butter (if you put a drop of peanut butter on every bite you take, you’ll probably end up eating about a tablespoon of peanut butter).
Bananas are full of potassium, and peanut butter provides much needed protein. This snack is a great choice if you want to fill yourself up, and satisfy your sugar cravings without turning to empty calories.
Not so good choice: Bananas and chocolate. Although chocolate is rich in antioxidants, it also is heavily processed and contains high levels of sugar.
Raw Baby Carrots and Ranch Dressing
A healthy snack that you can eat as much of as you want! The largest baby carrots have only five calories, and carry a good amount of potassium and vitamin A.
A tablespoon of dressing works out to about 63 calories, so if you only eat seven carrots, your total calorie intake will be below 100 calories.
All in all, it is still a perfectly healthy choice, especially if used to replace a meal, according to Fitness Magazine.
Not so good choice: Carrot cake. Although it might sound like a dream come true because it is both sweet and contains healthy foods, at an average of 326 calories a slice it might not be as kind to your figure.
Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar
Another sweet healthy snack option is apples, topped with cinnamon and sugar. Skin the apples, then chop them into small cubes/slices, and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.
Sugar contains sixteen calories a teaspoon, while cinnamon contains six, and one apple is about 72, so, in all, it is under 100 calories. Plus, you get 1.7 grams of fiber (3 grams if you leave the skin on).
Not so good choice: Apple pie. It’s a good idea to stay away from these sugar-laden sweet treats if possible.
Crackers and Cheese
A very simple snack with more calories than most on this list, although it is still relatively healthy.
Five premium saltines equal 65 calories, while a piece of cheese is about 100. If you use one quarter of the cheese for each cracker, you will probably only need roughly two pieces of cheese, and ten crackers, before you are full.
Not a bad choice if you are hungry, and start dreaming about deep-fried chicken!
Not so good choice: Ritz crackers and squirt cheese. Ritz crackers are more fattening as they contain butter and other ingredients to make the flavor richer. Squirt cheese is heavily processed, making it unhealthy and fattening.
These are all great snack choices for men and women who want to control their calories and their weight. Don’t forget to think about the type of drinks you consume as well; we recommended cutting out soda and increasing your intake of water.
More than anything, aim for moderation; you’ll see long-term results and still be able to enjoy the occasional treat.
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