Loving to Snack
Being human means you love to snack! But often times the snacking we do is unhealthy for us, especially when we snack in front of the television. So many empty calories are going into our bodies when we are not even paying attention to what is going into them. You’ve probably heard it said that eating past a certain hour of the night is bad for you, but if you are snacking on the right things this is not necessarily true. If you are going to snack late at night choose the low-calorie options. Then you can snack guilt-free! If you find yourself getting hungry at night (or anytime really) consider these low-calorie snack suggestions!
Tuna and Whole-Grain Crackers
When you don’t add all the mayo to tuna it is actually quite healthy for you, there is hardly any fat in plain tuna. Putting a dollop of tuna on a whole-grain cracker adds a good carb to compliment the tuna. This snack keeps your blood sugar balanced.
Veggie Sticks and Hummus
Sometimes eating vegetables by themselves can be boring, but dipping them in hummus can spice them up a little! Try carrots, celery, green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers, cucumbers, sugar snaps, or any other vegetable with hummus. As an alternative you could switch out the hummus for salsa or switch the vegetables out for pita chips!
A Cup O’ Soup
This snack is filling and is loaded with vegetables. Be sure and stay away from cream-based soups because they have a lot of extra fat. Go for vegetable or chicken stock-based soups instead.
The good thing about fruit smoothies is you can get creative! One suggestion is to blend half of a banana, nonfat yogurt, frozen berries and a handful of baby spinach together as a smoothie.
Apple Slices and Almond Butter
Eating a whole apple (skin and all) gives you 3 grams of fiber which lowers cholesterol and reduces your risk of heart disease and diabetes. You know what they say! An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
A Fistful of Nuts
Be careful not to eat too many nuts because in excess they can still be fattening. But in moderation you can snack on almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, and cashews. These nuts contain monounsaturated fat which lowers cholesterol and lowers your risk of getting heart disease.
Air Popped Corn
This is a great alternative to chips which can be loaded with fat. Air-popped corn is also better than the microwavable kind because it tends to be covered in butter. Popping corn on the stove gives you more control over what you are putting into your body.
Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Who doesn’t love deviled eggs? But with all that mayonnaise and egg yolks the calories really add up. Try using half a teaspoon of avocado in the egg white instead! Making this substitute greatly reduces your calorie intake while still giving you protein.
Also known as trail mix! One of the good things about gorp is you can always customize with what you like! Gorp is filling and is loaded with fiber and protein. Usually in gorp you have nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans), dried fruit (raisins, cherries, dates, coconut), cereal (rice puffs, granola), and a little something sweet (yogurt covered raisins, dark chocolate chips). Another good thing about gorp is the variety!
Yogurt & Fruit Parfait
This is somewhat similar to fruit smoothies just a little more chunky! A suggestion is to use plain yogurt, mixed berries and either honey or maple syrup as a low-calorie sweetner. This snack is good because it’s filling and keeps you fuller for longer!
Just like with anything, be sure and eat in moderation. Anything in excess is still not good for you. Eat smart and low-calorie!