Many of you could probably tell me what you are preparing for dinner in the coming nights. You can even have your lunch planned already but snacks are your "spur of the moment" cravings and this is ultimately where you can indulge yourself into life's sweet temptations. Perhaps the best way for you to fight off mindless snacking is to be aware of what you are taking in. Try planning your snacks ahead of time. Create a repertoire of healthy snack options that you love so that you'll keep away from vending machines or bakeries when your snack craving hits you.
Calorie counting may get as boring as it sounds but it is probably the best way for you to stick on your plans of having low calorie and healthy snacks. If you can, try to keep your snack under the 200-calorie threshold and limit your snacking habit to at most two in a day.
Here are some of my top healthy snack options under 200 calories. Don't forget to, always check, the nutritional label before even buying those foods. It would be wise to keep fruits on the refrigerator when a snack attack strikes.
Veggies in Sour Cream Dip
Cut one big cucumber, a carrot and celery stick into small bites and create a dip out of low fat sour cream and onion soup mix.
Peanut Butter & Celery Sticks
Peanut butter is known to have around fifty percent fat content but check out its nutrition label and be amazed by the fact that these fats are actually the "good fats" that are needed by the body. Nuts are proven to be packed with the good fats and protein-- just make sure you buy the peanut butter without all the added sugar and fillers. "Natural" peanut butter is available in stores-- it contains only peanuts. Make sure you get only a small portion and enjoy it with celery sticks or other veggies.
Enjoy a delightful summer slush blend of pineapple, orange, banana, lemon juice and sugar. Add in a little lemon lime juice and mint leaves for a refreshing break.
Closely look at the nutritional label for each brand. Make sure you get yogurt under the 200-calorie threshold.
Egg & Pretzels
Get one hardboiled egg for a snack and pair it with three rods of pretzels. This snack option only contains 196 calories with 6 grams of fat.
Lettuce and Tuna Mix
In a bowl, mix around three ounces of tuna and add a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice on it. Add one tablespoon light mayo and then mix. Season with black pepper and then place the tuna mix into a cup of lettuce leaves.
Toast one slice of multi-grain bread. Spread a tablespoon of goat cheese and then top it with a tomato slice. This is one healthy snack with only 133 calories on it.
Chick Pea Salad Option
In a bowl, mix ½ cup chick peas, one diced tomato, ½ tablespoon of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and then season with salt & pepper.
Make your daily snack habit fun and healthy with these food options! Happy snacking!
Charmaine Ann Enerio is a registered nurse and a freelance writer in Manila, Philippines. Currently, she specializes in neonatal intensive care and in health & wellness. As an advocate of women's health, Charmaine is planning on pursuing a degree in midwifery that would focus more on helping women before, during and after their pregnancies. Writing has always been her passion and has been an editor ever since her high school years. A good thing about Charmaine is the way she balances her career as a health care professional and as a writer. Nursing has given her the chance to serve her fellow countrymen and also write about her various experiences. As a medical professional, she focuses more on holistic and patient centered care. Charmaine is blessed with a wonderful family and a loving fiancé. Check out her blog site at troika1987.wordpress.com.