Get Your Nosh On: 10 Snacks Under 200 Calories
So many people have the downfall snacking. Are you one of them? With the temptations of a cookie jar filled to the rim with homemade cookies or a bottomless candy basket on your co-worker’s desk, it’s easy to see how snacking can be irresistible. Unfortunately most traditional snacks are loaded with fat and calories – neither of which are good for your waistline. Don’t despair! Studies have shown that with the right choices, snacking can actually be good for you
. If you are a snack-addict take a look at these 10 snacks that come in at 200 calories or less.Snack healthfully with these ten good-for-you foods. Not only are they low in calories, but they have other health benefits as well:
- One banana with a spoonful of peanut butter. Not only is the fresh fruit good for you and full of potassium, but the peanut butter is a filling source of protein and fiber.
- Sweet potatoes give you that sweet satisfaction without all the calories. Warm up one medium sized sweet potato either in the oven or the microwave. Top with one teaspoon of cinnamon to give it a little extra boost.
- Who knew tuna could be so good – and good for you? For some healthy omega-3s, take half a can of tuna packaged in water (avoid the oil varieties) and mix it with a tablespoon of light mayo. Stuff half a green pepper with the tuna and serve either warm or cold.
- You can still have chocolate! One ounce of dark chocolate has approximately 150 calories. Not only will you satisfy your sweet tooth, but you will reap some healthy benefits, as dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant and ranks high on the ORAC scale.
- When you need a little warming-up, snack on soup. One cup of canned chicken noodle soup has only about 60 calories. Just make sure you pay attention to the label and choose a low-sodium variety. For a little extra something, add a few whole-grain crackers to the mix.
- To satisfy your “fat” craving, have some string cheese. With “light” versions, each stick averages about 60 calories and 3 grams of fat or less. Plus you’ll be getting healthy calcium and protein to boot.
- A cup of raspberries not only comes in at a scant 70 calories, but it packs a whopping punch of 8 grams of fiber – over 30 percent of your recommended daily allowance. And even better, raspberries are extremely effective antioxidants.
- Even though almonds are a tad high in fat, it’s good-for-you fat. They also provide healthy amounts of protein and fiber, and have recently been touted as beneficial for your digestive system. A quarter cup has about 170 calories.
- As long as you don’t eat the movie-theatre kind, popcorn is a great snack. Three cups of plain, air-popped popcorn comes in just under 100 calories and has almost 4 grams of fiber
- Eggs are not the enemy. Previously thought of as bad for you, eggs have re-gained some status when it comes to healthy eating. One large hard-boiled egg only has 70 calories and packs a protein punch at 6 grams.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, but there are endless healthy snack options out there. Create your own combinations and find out which snacks leave you feeling satisfied.