If you’re on a diet, snacking can seem like a no-no, but denying your hunger can make you overeat later. Instead of ignoring your rumbling tummy, reach for one of these healthy snack options. With under 200 calories per serving, these small bites won’t wreck your diet!
Peanut Butter & Celery
This childhood favorite deserves to be revisited. Top your virtually calorie-free stalks with two tablespoons of peanut butter. If you want to make it really old-school, add a bit less peanut butter and sprinkle on a few raisins, instead.
Yogurt & Fruit
Top 6- to 8-ounces of plain Greek-style yogurt with a handful of fresh berries. This delightful snack is loaded with antioxidants, fiber, calcium, probiotics, and other vitamins and minerals. When you shop, remember that not all yogurts are created equal, so educate yourself by reading the labels and avoid artificially sweetened or high-sugar varieties.
Cheese & Crackers
Portion control is key when snacking. Instead of sitting down with the entire box of crackers, plate up 4 to 5 baked whole grain crackers with 1-ounce of your favorite cheese. Sit down and enjoy!
Three cups of air-popped popcorn comes in at under 100 calories! After you pop it, spray with a little cooking spray, and then sprinkle with two tablespoons of grated Parmesan. This voluminous snack comes in well below the 200 calories mark and will also visually fill you up! For a sweet variation, spray with cooking spray and then top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
Yes, your eyes did not deceive you: half a turkey sandwich is a great, hearty snack option if you’re really feeling hunger pangs. Take one slice of whole wheat bread, cut in half and fill with 2-ounces of turkey breast, 1/2-ounce of cheese, and a few tomato slices. This filling option also provides you with a lovely combination of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and minimal fat.