Smart Snacking

These snacks won’t hurt your weight loss plan

Nowadays, most people are pretty good about planning their meals and making healthy choices. It’s figuring out what to have for a snack, and keeping quick, healthy snacks available in the midst of a potential diet-breakdown that stumps even the most diligent dieter. The following list can help you with diet-friendly snack options in your weight loss plan, regardless of what you’re craving:

If you’re craving something sweet:

Cottage cheese with diced fruits - satisfy your sweet tooth with this yummy snack. Choose low-fat cottage cheese and mix in pineapples, blueberries, strawberries, apples or whatever fruit you have on hand. Add a little sweetener and a handful of slivered almonds and you’ll have a delicious snack that won’t hurt your waistline.

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Apples with almond butter - cut up an apple and spread almond butter on the pieces for a satisfying snack. Be sure to limit the amount of almond butter you smother on your apple to roughly a tablespoon however, as the calories do add up.

If you’re craving something salty:

Hummus with pita - hummus is a great alternative to fattening dips. You can buy it from the store or create your own by blending chickpeas with a touch of olive oil and garlic. Cut whole wheat pitas into slivers and bake in the oven until crunchy. Oven-roasted pita chips taste great and not only fill you up, but also provide you with a great source of fiber without added sodium.

If you’re craving something rich and creamy:

Frozen yogurt with slivered almonds - grab sugar-free frozen yogurt and top it with a fat-free and sugar-free butterscotch or chocolate sauce. Add some slivered almonds for a rich treat. But beware, this snack is still quite high in calories, so it should only be consumed occasionally in dire dieting situations.

Low-fat or skim milk cheeses - cheese is very high in fat and sodium, but if you’re craving it, try to go for varieties that are lower in fat, such as Laughing Cow Baby Bell cheese. It’s low in calories and high in calcium. But don’t overdo it. One small slice should satisfy your craving.