Just because you’re dieting doesn’t mean you have to give up on snacking. In fact, you should snack while dieting so you don’t make yourself so hungry in between meals that you overeat at your next meal. Just make sure you buy and eat healthy, low fat but tasty snacks. Satisfy your between-meal hunger and your sweet tooth.
Fruits and Vegetables
Stock up on fruits and vegetables ahead of time, advises KidsHealth, an information website sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. Cut broccoli florets, red, green and yellow peppers and carrots up and stash them in sandwich bags. Store them in the crisper compartment of your refrigerator so they’re ready when you need a healthy snack. Pair them with some low fat dressing for added taste.
Apple Slices and Low Fat Cheese
Slice up an apple and pair it with a wedge of low fat cheese. You benefit with the fiber, antioxidants and water from the apple slices, along with the dairy and a small amount of fat from the cheese wedge, according to “Fitness.” This snack can also tide you over to lunchtime or dinner time.
Toss some raisins, walnuts and mini chocolate chips into a bag and shake them up to make your own trail mix. “Fitness” recommends taking a palm full of walnuts with a pinch of raisins and chocolate chips so you get good proportions for this snack. A good serving size is about 1 oz. of walnuts with a pinch of raisins and chocolate chips each.
Carrots and Hummus
Pair two large peeled carrots with 2 tbsp. hummus for a crunchy, tasty snack, writes HelpGuide.org. This snack provides you with about 106 calories. If you had eaten one 3 oz. bag of corn chips, you would have eaten about 441 calories. You saved yourself about 318 calories by opting for two carrots and the hummus.
Canned Mandarin Oranges and Light Whipped Topping
When your sweet tooth is clamoring for a “fix,” satisfy that with 1/2 cup canned mandarin oranges and 2 tbsp. light whipped topping, writes “Fitness.” Your body benefits from the vitamin C in the oranges even as you indulge yourself with the whipped topping.
For a snack with staying power, protein and just a little fat, mix up some egg salad, says “Fitness.” Hard boil two eggs and discard the yolk of one egg. Chop up the remaining yolk and both egg whites, add 1 tbsp. reduced fat mayonnaise and enjoy. You can make this into a sandwich by spreading the egg salad on whole grain bread or a whole wheat pita pocket.