29 Jan 11 Healthy snack ideas around 100 calories
What you snack on during the day can make the difference between losing or gaining weight, i find that most people can stick to nice healthy, nutrient rich lower calorie main meals without to much effort, but they over indulge with their snacking and in doing so exceed there daily calorie intake for weight loss.
So it’s time to start smart snacking, these snacks are not only low in calories around 100 calories per serving but are high in nutrients.They are also less likely to spike your blood sugar, meaning your not going to have that mid afternoon crash and start reaching for the high sugar, overly processed junk food, which leads to weight gain, low energy and low mood.
1 Cup of Blueberries or strawberries
Blueberries are packed full of great nutrients, high in antioxidants and 1 cup of blueberries contains around 14.6 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C.
1 cup of strawberries is a good source of fiber with about 3 g and is an excellent source of vitamin C with 97.6 mg per cup.
1/2 Cup of Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a great source of fibre, which will help keep you full and also regulate bowel movements. Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds. They Can Lower Cholesterol Levels and Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage. Add a little cinnamon to add taste without spiking your blood sugar.
A Handful of Almonds or Walnuts
Nuts are highly nutritious.
Almonds are also high in vitamin E and calcium-rich, they are a source of good fats, needed for body functionality including weight loss.
Walnuts are a good source of mono-unsaturated, heart-friendly fats, and studies show they help to lower the bad form of cholesterol (LDL). Finally, they’re rich in omega-3, so they’re a great alternative if you don’t eat oily fish.
3 Cups of Popped Popcorn
Popcorn is the perfect food to reach for to satisfy your cravings, as long as you choose the right kind, avoid the cinema style popcorn that is full of sugar and salt instead pop your own or you can get the bags of healthy popcorn from the supermarket such as skinny pop.
1 Hard-Boiled Egg
A satisfying instant snack that has 6.3 grams (g) of protein and just 78 calories, the protein will keep you full making it less likely you will overeat later and eggs are one of a few source of vitamin D.
2 Tablespoons of Hummus and veg sticks
Measure out 2 tbsp of hummus, which clocks in at roughly 60 calories, and scoop it up with a spear of cucumber (1.5 calories) or a stalk of celery (9 calories), this is a good source of protein and fibre.
Apple Slices With Peanut Butter
This combination gives you fibre from the apple and protein from the peanut butter. It also tastes great with its sweet and saltiness. Only sped a thin layer of peanut butter as it can be high in calories. ¾ of a cup of sliced apple with a teaspoon’s worth of peanut butter should bring this snack in around 100 calories.
Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Honey
Now normally i would opt for full fat greek yoghurt as it contain the good kind of fats, but for a quick low calorie high protein snack that tastes awesome, you can’t go wrong with nonfat Greek Yogurt with Honey.
1 Cup Tomato Soup
Tomato soup is full of disease-fighting nutrients, but contains as little as 74 calories per cup, no cholesterol, and less than 1 gram of saturated fat. Be careful which variety you choose as they will all have different calories and cream of tomato soup will be significantly higher in calories.
100g smoked salmon
This is another excellent snack that won’t break your calorie budget, 100g is around 117 calories and contains a whopping 18g of protein along and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which fatty fish like salmon provide, have