Smart snacking is the goal for many of us. We want foods to keep us on track but foods that will also satisfy that craving. The gap between lunch and dinner can be tough. And instead of overeating at dinner, we should eat snacks that help control our hunger. The best snacks contain fiber and protein. Here are a few snack options that will satisfy your hunger until dinner.
1. Peanut Butter and Apples. Apples contain Vitamin C, fiber and potassium. Also, peanut butter contains protein, fiber, Vitamin E and other nutrients. Be careful on what peanut butter you buy though, some are better for you then others. Some variations to this snack are apples and cheese or bananas and peanut butter.
2. Trail Mix: Almonds, pretzels, chocolate (just a little), dried fruit, raisins. You can mix these items however you like. Make it your perfect mix. Or you could opt for a trail mix bar. Make sure your dried fruits don’t add any unnecessary sugars. I also prefer dark chocolate. Having just a little bit of dark chocolate a day can actually be healthy since it contains antioxidants. Remember to eat in moderation because nuts like almonds or walnuts contain many calories. Just eat enough to give your body the energy it needs.
3. Pretzels/Crackers with Hummus. There are a lot of different foods you can eat with hummus, veggies like carrots or cucumbers, go great too. Hummus is made of chickpeas. Chickpeas have no saturated fat, no cholesterol, and they are high in protein. Hummus is a great healthy snack to go to.
4. Fruit Salad. Making a great mix of a variety of fruits is a great meal. Pick your favorites and make a bowl. You cannot go wrong with fruit.
5. Popcorn. It is quick and easy. Also, a 100-calorie pack will keep you track. Just make sure it’s not covered in butter and salt. But popcorn kernels are actually whole grain and contain fiber so it will help you feel full longer. Also, there is more popcorn then you think in 100 calories.
6. Smoothies. These can be very low in calories and very delicious. You can throw in all your favorite fruits. I like to include orange juice and sometimes fat-free yogurt. Smoothies are fun because there is no wrong way to make one. You can use what you want and make it your own. Just if you don’t want to spoil dinner, don’t use too many ingredients because then your smoothie will big and filling.
7. Cereal with Skim Milk. Pick a cereal high in fiber and low in sugar, there are plenty of great tasting cereals that do this. They are whole grain and keep you full. And just have a little bowl. This isn’t a meal… remember it’s just a snack.
8. Toast. If you use the right kind of bread and butter this is a great choice. I love having whole wheat bread with just a little bit of butter and I finish it off by sprinkling a little bit of cinnamon sugar. But toasted bread with peanut butter is also a good choice. Just don’t douse the bread in butter and make sure to eat whole wheat bread. Another option scrambling one egg and making a quick egg sandwich using one slice of bread.
9. Fruit S’mores. Take graham crackers and replace the marshmallows with yogurt and thechocolate with fruit. So maybe slice up some strawberries and put them with vanilla yogurt in between two graham crackers. I think it would be really good to try this: Melt some chocolate morsels and make a spread to put on one graham cracker. Use a very thin layer, this will be way less chocolate then you put on a regular s’more and then use a banana slice as the marshmallow and place that between two graham crackers. You can get creative. You don’t even have to use graham crackers, maybe you would want to try vanilla wafers or a type of biscuit cracker instead of graham cracker.
Snacks can have many varieties to them. I like to find new foods that taste great together. These snacks are some of my favorites. If you have any of your own, please share them in a comment!