Oh I do love a snackeroooooo or two!!……..
Snacking is one of life’s great pleasures and any diet plan that bans food in between meals is going to be tough to follow. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all very well, but for true satisfaction from your daily diet a mid-morning and afternoon pick-me-up is nigh on essential for me!
Firstly, snacking between meals doesn’t have to be bad for you. In fact, eating a little but often can actually help to boost your metabolism and trick your body into burning more calories. The key is what you’re eating between meals.
So for starters, where do you look for the sorts of foods that you can reach for guilt free snacking knowing that you are not sabotaging your healthy, balanced diet?….
Nut Butter And Fruit
One or two of your five-a-day can come from fruit – but to avoid the fructose hit, pair it with a lower-GI foodstuff. The easy solution? Match your banana with peanut butter, or your apple with almond spread and you’ll add in a hit of protein and a serving of healthy fats. Alternatively, take your protein hit neat – spread it on an unflavoured rice cake .
Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
While “low-fat” options often aren’t as healthy as they sound (it often also means high-sugar), fat-free Greek yogurt packs more protein in than any other type of the stuff. It’s common to find 10-11g of protein per 100g in the fat-free variety compared with 8-9g in whole milk Greek yogurt and 6-7g in the non-Greek style stuff. To get the best-quality hit, reach for “traditionally fermented and strained” products when choosing the dairy food of the gods.
Berries are a great pick for your daily fruit – they’re high in antioxidants and relatively low in fructose. Combine blueberries, raspberries or blackberries with Greek yogurt and you’ve got a dessert-like dish that also packs a protein wallop and a hit of digestion-friendly probiotics.
It’s a bit like Marmite – some people love its creamy, curdy texture, other people feel like they’re trying to swallow mouthfuls of chunky expired milk. But there’s no doubt cottage cheese is one of the best low-calorie, high-protein snacks available. In a 100g portion you get around 100 calories and a massive 10g of the muscle-building nutrient. Feeling adventurous? Mix it with tuna and stick it on a rice cake for an easy-to-digest post-workout snack that will help your muscles repair and grow.
They might not strictly fit the definition of a low-calorie snack, but nuts pack in so many benefits they’re worth adding to your list of quick bite staples. Brazils, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, almonds and macadamias all come with an abundance of healthy benefits. A pack of mixed nuts is one of the best things to keep in your handbag ladies– they’re filling and full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, while peanuts rival fruit as a source of antioxidants. Just don’t eat the whole bag in one go – a handful of nuts should see you through to your next meal.
To help transform your snacking mentality, I’ve compiled this guide to the best low-calorie bites. Don’t worry – snacks, like all food, should be enjoyable and that’s why this isn’t just a run-down of six different ways to eat raw celery!! These snacks will satisfy and see you through to your next meal.
Here are some more Low-Calorie Snack Ideas to get muching on guys!….
Home-Made Trail Mix
Combine pumpkin seeds, flaked almonds, dried cranberries, raisins, walnut pieces and goji berries (50g of each is best). Practice zen-like portion discipline by weighing out 30g bags to take into work each day.
Sliced Pear And Cashew Nut Butter
High fibre pears make a delicious mid-afternoon snack with 1tbsp of cashew nut butter.
High-Protein Yogurt And Fresh Cherries
Greek, Greek-style or Quark-based pots offer three times more protein than standard yogurts – keeping you full and nourished throughout the day. Combine with cherries to sweeten.
Banana And Tahini Balls
Combine two bananas, 90g of oats, 3tbsp of tahini and 1tbsp of sunflower seeds in a food processor. Roll the mixture into small balls in your hands and refrigerate until hard. Take two as a snack-size serving. Scoff!
More or a calorie counter?… Then check these super 100-Calorie snacks out……
All of these ideas clock in at under 100 calories.
- 1 large apple and 5 almonds – 97 calories
- Punnet of blueberries and 1tbsp of fat-free Greek yogurt – 90 calories
- 1 pot of strawberry fromage frais and 6 cherries – 99 calories
- 1 mini pitta bread with reduced-fat cottage cheese – 97 calories
- 1 oatcake with 1tsp of smooth peanut butter – 96 calories
- 30g low-fat Edam cheese and 5 sticks of celery – 99 calories
- 1 carrot with 28g tzatziki – 97 calories
- 5 dried apricots – 95 calories
- 1 small banana – 90 calories
Some Healthier Pre Bought Supermarket alternatives when all you want is a FAT BAG of crisps!!!…..
. Metcalfe’s Skinny Corn’ers
These are not your average tortilla crisps. Made with expanded corn, they are popped in a triangular mould to avoid using deep-fat fryers. At 3.7g of fat per pack, they contain 30 per cent less fat than normal tortillas. The chilli and tomato flavour has just the right amount of spice, too.
Ryvita Multi-Seed Thins
These thin flatbreads are particularly moreish, especially when dipped in hummus. The seeds add an extra depth of flavour and at only 38 calories per thin, they are a tasty, low-fat alternative. But be warned: they are prone to breaking in the pack.
A good alternative to deep-fried crisps, these bites have been baked to avoid using large amounts of oil and as a result, contain around half the fat of your average packet of crisps. The sweet chili and sour cream flavours are particularly tasty.
Happy snacking Solemothers!!!