Using "snacking" and "dieting" in the same sentence feels like shopping for a bathing suit in the middle of winter. But enjoying healthy snacks throughout the day can actually keep you satisfied and can help you avoid overindulging at meal times.
Below are five healthy snacks-all less than 150 calories-that can be enjoyed anytime of the day or night, as long as you stick to the portion size and don't go back for seconds. Better yet, these five snacks are as tasty as they are healthy.
1. Apple with a Dash of Light Peanut Butter
Eating an apple as a snack might sound a little bland, but cut it into slices, add a dash of peanut butter and you're crunching down on a flavor combo that's unusually satisfying. The combination of apple juices and salty tang from the peanut butter creates a sweet and savory taste that is sure to satisfy your cravings. Make sure you limit yourself to just one apple and three teaspoons of peanut butter to stick to the 150-calories limit.
2. Wheat Crackers with a Dollop of Cottage Cheese
Eating a dry wheat cracker on its own is enough to make you want to ditch the diet altogether. But add a dollop of cottage cheese and you'll be surprised how delicious a wheat cracker snack can be. Catered more towards a savory than a sweet tooth, wheat crackers with cottage cheese will give you just the right hit of dairy and carbs to keep you going until dinnertime. Add a couple of slices of tomato and a sprinkling of pepper for extra flavor.
3. 100g Tub of Yogurt
Whether you have a hankering for plain vanilla or sweet strawberry, a 100g tub of yogurt makes the perfect morning or afternoon snack. With roughly 1g of fat and 14g of sugar in each tub, light yogurt varieties are a dieter's best friend. Better yet, consuming 100g of yogurt benefits your body with a healthy dose of calcium, which is not only good for your bones, it can actually help your body burn more fat. Look out for natural yogurt varieties that are loaded with good bacteria and probiotics.
4. A Handful of Edamame Beans
Beans, beans are good for your heart, the more you eat the more you... will benefit from antioxidants and vitamins A and C? That's right! Edamame beans are loaded with beneficial antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and energy-boosting protein. While the green-colored, oddly shaped beans might look a little unappetizing, they're actually pretty tasty. Often served as an appetizer in Japanese restaurants, the boiled green soybeans can be flavor-boosted with salt and spices such as Japanese seven spices.
5. Blueberries and Greek Yogurt
With countless benefits, including high levels of protein and calcium, Greek yogurt is one of the most nutritious snacks you can choose. Although some may find pure Greek yogurt quite bitter, the addition of a handful of blueberries infuses a natural and satisfying sweetness. Better yet, blueberries contain lots of antioxidants and fiber for added health benefits. Make sure you choose a low-fat, no-sugar yogurt variety and limit yourself to a small bowlful of yogurt and only a handful of blueberries.
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Haylie Pretorius is a lifestyle writer and online editor living in Sydney, Australia. When not managing a host of digital marketing clients, and writing about the dos and don'ts of staying fit and healthy in the modern world, Haylie writes theatre and movie reviews for The Brag. You can connect with Haylie via LinkedIn.