Hungry? It’s Time for a Healthy Snack!

Healthy Snack

It’s important to snack in between meals, mainly to keep your metabolism going at a steady pace. You also don’t want to go too long without eating, because then you will just overeat later. Below are the best snacks that are 100 calories or less. Enjoy yourself and be healthy too!

1.     Popcorn

You can eat handfuls of this yummy treat, for just a few calories. Most snack bags of popcorn are only 100 calories. Or pop your own in an air-popper, or a microwave popcorn bowl. Popcorn is naturally high in fiber, so it keeps you feeling fuller longer.

2.     Cheese Quesadilla

A small cheese quesadilla is actually a very satisfying, healthy, and easy snack to make. Opt for whole grain tortillas and organic cheese, and top with fresh tomato salsa or avocado. Cheese is packed with protein.

3.     Cottage Cheese & Fruit

Cottage cheese is a powerful snack. Filled with fiber and protein, cottage cheese keeps you feeling full and gives you essential nutrients. Add your favorite fruit, and turn it into a healthy and delicious dessert.

4.     Cheese & Crackers

Whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet. Whole grain crackers are a terrific snack that will keep you feeling fuller longer. Pair them with cheese, and you’ll get fiber, protein, and calcium from this great combination.

5.     Almonds & Pistachios

Nuts are great sources of protein and fiber, especially when you are on the go. Almonds and pistachios are the best types of nuts in terms of calorie count and nutritional value. Fourteen almonds are around 98 calories, and 20 pistachios are around 80 calories, with practically no fat. Opt for raw or dry roasted without salt.

6.     Pretzels

Pretzels can satisfy your craving for something crunchy. Whole grain pretzel sticks are cholesterol free, low in fat, low in sugar, and packed with fiber. They are especially convenient for when you’re on the go.

7.     Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a delicious, nutritious, refreshing treat. Smoothies are a great way to pack in your daily fruits and veggies. Add yogurt or whey for added protein, and create blends to your liking. Cold, thick smoothies take longer to finish, so you will consume less and still feel satisfied.

8.     Edamame

Packed with protein, these small soybeans give you the kick you need without having to eat a full meal of meat. A 1/3-cup of edamame contains over 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, which keeps you fuller longer.  They also fulfill 10% of your recommended iron intake. Enjoy at home or on the go!

9.     Carrots & Hummus

Want something crunchy and crispy? Try carrots and hummus! Carrots are full of beta-carotene and vitamin A. Hummus is protein-rich, and there are many different flavor varieties to choose from. Forget the creamy salad dressing, and go healthy!

10.  Yogurt & Seeds Or Honey

Turn your healthy foods into a delightful dessert! Yogurt is an excellent source of protein (about 12 grams), and includes essential probiotics that keeps your immune system healthy. Choose nonfat plain yogurt, or Greek yogurt. Use a teaspoon of unsalted sunflower seeds for texture and flavor, adding only 19 calories. Stir in some honey—an excellent antioxidant— for natural sweetness.

Resource: http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-100-calorie-snacks

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