Are you hungry? Now, I’m not talking about eat a burger hungry but–you know–need a snack hungry. Yeah, me too… Maybe you’re like me and you’ve made a promise to yourself to make better food choices in your diet. Well, that actually means making better between meal choices too. And what I’ve done is I’ve gathered up a bunch of solutions to help you stay on track.
Now, the key is to eat something that packs a lot of flavor in a few bites, so portion size is something you really want to consider when you’re looking to manage your diet. So let’s start at the sweet end of my little snacketeria here.
Talk about portion control. These Sugar-Free Jell-O Snacks are only 10 calories a serving. It doesn’t get better than that. And fruit is one of my favorite snacks, but calories can vary widely between different types of fruit. One medium kiwi, for instance, is about 50 calories, a cup of orange sections is 80 calories, and a medium pear or a medium banana is about 110 calories each.
Try to stick with medium-sized fruits when you’re shopping. Think of it as nature’s portion control.
Now, you might think that watching your calories means giving up cookies. And while it does mean giving up eating the whole bag, you can have two Strawberry Newtons for 100 calories. And of course, there are lots of 100 calorie snack packs on the market now, like these Oreo Thin Crisps.
And if you’re in the mood for something creamy, Jell-O makes these Sugar-Free Pudding Snacks, and they’re 60 calories. Or you can make a smoothie. This one calls for three-quarters of a cup of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade, fresh cut strawberries, half a cup of Cool Whip Free, some ice, and two tablespoons of Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin. Now, you want to make sure that you get the kind that’s made for less or no sugar recipes. And then blend.
The pectin makes it thicken. This recipe makes two servings.
So let’s say you’re all about the savory snacks. When given a choice between chips and candy, you’ll choose chips every time. You know who you are. I’ve got a few very smart ideas for your afternoon hungries. A serving of baby carrots pack a big punch with two tablespoons of light ranch dressing. 2% Milk Singles pair nicely with a medium apple for 130 calories. And you can have three cups of air-popped popcorn sprinkled with four teaspoons of reduced fat grated Parmesan cheese for 130 calories.
I like things a little spicy, so I’m just going to grab a little pinch of cayenne pepper to spice it up. And hummus is one of my favorite snacks. Make little bites with two tablespoons of hummus and half a whole wheat pita cut into wedges. And that’s 140 calories.
Staying hydrated is essential to all of our well-being. Most of us just don’t like to drink plain water, so why not doll it up? I’m going to doll mine up with this Crystal Light Drink Mix. And suddenly your water isn’t just a plain drink, it’s a jazzy drink.
In the mood for a frozen blender drink? It’s so easy to do. Take some ice cubes, add some coffee, some skim milk, and then blend. Voila! You’ve got a yummy frozen drink. And you can sweeten it as you like it.
If you’d like nutritional information for what you’ve seen here or more great snacking ideas, visit www.howdini.com.