We all know the basics of healthy meals: clean protein, some complex carbs, and even some healthy fats. Three good meals a day, or even four small ones is very doable. It’s the snacks that get us. Here a snack, there a snack, everywhere a snack! Snack!
Your snacks don’t have to be the saboteur of your diet anymore. The following healthy snacks will hit the spot, whether you’re craving salty or sweet and give you the nutrients and energy you need to keep active throughout the day.
Greek yogurt is a fantastic source of protein, about 23 grams per cup, and chock full of pro-biotic bacteria and bone-strengthening calcium. It’s rich and creamy. Healthy Greek Yogurt Recipes abound, but for a delicious frozen, healthy snack with Greek Yogurt try this simple recipe:
- Use the plain or vanilla variety
- Mash in frozen fruit
How about those salty, crunchy cravings? Why not try pumpkin seeds. They have 7 grams of whole-food protein in them, and none of their carbohydrates are sugar. Another
Like pumpkin seeds, nuts are a great source of protein. If you’re watching your sodium intake, get the unsalted or lightly salted varieties. Or a handful of walnuts. They only have 4 grams of carbs per ounce and are loaded with brain and body healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
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If you haven’t tried frozen grapes or blueberries, you are really missing out! Another great frozen, healthy treat, frozen grapes and blueberries freeze firm while still being soft in the center and they give you an instant sweet sensation with every bite. Red grapes and blueberries are also packed with antioxidants.
5Roast Beef and Horserad...
Don’t judge it before you try it. This healthy snack is perfect for people who love to cook. It is also simple enough for those who do not cook, to quickly throw this together.
- Mix up 1 tablespoon low-fat sour cream
- With 1 teaspoon horseradish.
- Divide a pear
- place 3 slices deli roast beef, horseradish cream, and fresh herbs on the pear slices and you have it.
Good herb choices for this snack are chervil, tarragon or whatever you like. Just 149 calories!
6Mango Raspberry Smoothi...
If it’s liquids you’re after, try a mango raspberry smoothie.
- Puree ½ cup coconut water
- ½ cup frozen mango
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- 2 ounces tofu
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
173 calories just for your enjoyment.
If you are getting together with friends and craving something with a bit more kick check out these low calorie cocktail recipes from SHAPE Army.
7Bagel with Ricotta Chee...
It may sound unusual but it’ll really hit the spot, just make sure to use one half of a flat bagel to cut down on the carbs.
- ½ toasted whole-grain flat bagel
- Spread 2 tablespoons fresh ricotta cheese on the bagel.
- Top with 1/3 cup sliced strawberries.
Drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar and your taste buds will zing with joy as you sink your teeth into sweet, creamy, and chewy with substance!
8Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are a great source of body building protein, They’re full of branched-chain amino acids, the most anabolic amino acids in the body. Boil some up, keep them on hand and grab one when you are on the go. You’ll be glad you did.
Snacking is a part of life. So make it a good part.