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By Tallulah Ray
It is 2014, which is probably the biggest health-focused holiday of the year. We’ve all done it; we’ve all made New Year’s resolutions about losing weight. Some of us can go through with it and can become healthier versions of ourselves but most of us let our healthy goals fall to the wayside.
But this year, let’s make a pact to all dedicate ourselves to living healthier lives. I’ll be right there with you. For me, the biggest problem to eating healthier is snacking. So here are some great snacking options that are either 100 calories or less!
- Fruit and yogurt – Take a third cup of your favorite unsweetened berry (I suggest blueberries or raspberries) and mix it with a half a cup of lowfat Greek yogurt
Kiwis – Two medium, organic kiwis are about 95 calories
Avocado – Yes, they are a fruit. A third of a cup of avocados, chopped up with a splash of balsamic vinegar is a healthy and tasty snack.
Pears and Apples – I’m singling these out because they are a great source of fiber (which will make you feel full without spiking your blood sugar).
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Chocolate Bananas (remember these?) – Take a banana and roll it in some dark chocolate, then roll it in some unsweetened coconut for a great, nostalgic, 100-calorie treat
Blueberries – A cup of blueberries is 85 calories
- Tomato and feta – Take a medium sized tomato and slice it up (or chop it up). Then mix it with a tablespoon of feta cheese and a dash of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar.
Veggies and hummus – Take a cup of your favorite veggies and dip those tasty treats into two tablespoons of some hummus (they come in some great flavors now; my favorite is roasted red pepper).
- Pita and salsa – Take about 7 whole grain pita chips to a fourth of a cup of your favorite chunky salsa.
Popcorn – Microwave popcorn has gotten in a bit of trouble lately but if you opt for the 100-calorie mini-packs, then you will avoid all of that nasty fat that they’ve gotten in trouble for lately. However, if you want to avoid microwave popcorn altogether, 2 cups of popcorn with a teaspoon of butter is 95 calories. If you want to add even more to this, add a dash of cayenne pepper or some freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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Mail-Order – There are some great options when it comes to mail-order snacks. It might seems silly but it does come in handy. Especially if your schedule is too busy to make some healthy prepared snacks for work. Companies that will send you portioned-controlled, healthy snacks like Graze, Naturebox, Go Bites, Healthy Surprise, and Foodzie are popping up everywhere.
- Hard Boiled Eggs – One hard-boiled egg is about 75 calories
Pistachios – Try about 30 in-shell pistachios for a protein-boost and a healthy snack
Almonds – 12 almonds are about 85 calories
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Cheese – 3/4 of an ounce of cheddar is 90 calories (think cheese sticks)
Soy Nuts – 3 tablespoons of unsalted soy nuts are 80 calories
If you’re thinking of picking and choosing between various foods to create your own one of a kind snacks, check out some of these stats. Hopefully you can mix and match between ingredients to help you create a few healthy snacks that you will love.
- Veggie Soup – A cup of veggie soup is about 100 calories. If you make it at home, it’s a lot healthier because it won’t have any of those nasty preservatives in it.
Chicken – A roasted, skinless drumstick is 75 calories
Sweet Potato – 1 small, baked sweet potato is about 55 calories
Edemame – A third of a cup of shelled edamame is about 65 calories
Peanut Butter – 2 teaspoons of natural peanut butter is 65 calories (match that with a slice of whole wheat bread and you’re golden – or even opt for some almond butter for a unique twist)
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Flavored Cream Cheese – Make your own flavored cream cheese (that’s also good for you) by mixing some fresh fruit (I suggest black cherries) with some low fat cream cheese. Then spread some of this on a piece of whole wheat toast for a great, 100-calorie morning snack.
The key to healthy snacking is to watch your portions. That’s really the trick that keeps shooting everyone in the foot. You may choose to eat rice crackers as an afternoon snack because you think they are healthy but if you are eating the whole sleeve in one sitting, you’re not going to be losing any weight.
You can even enjoy some of your favorite snacks (that might not seem as healthy). Just remember portion control. Do you love cookies? Pick out a healthy recipe and remember to portion out your cookies. Don’t eat the entire plate, just have one with a small glass of lowfat milk. Does a full portion of your favorite cookies sit at 200 calorie? Then eat a half a portion instead.
Our biggest downfall is society’s ability to make us believe that overindulgence is okay. Just remember that you can indulge everyone and a while but overindulgence will make you overweight.