With my list of healthy snack ideas under 200 calories, snacking needn't be a calorie nightmare anymore. If you choose your snacks wisely, you will boost your nutrient intake, control your appetite and improve your weight loss. Sounds counter-intuitive I know, but eating a snack every now and again boosts your metabolism, prevents the urge to overeat at meal times and reduces those dreaded sugar cravings.
Our Nutritionist’s 10 Healthy Snack Ideas
Rice cakes with hummus
Top 2 rice cakes with a thin layer of lower fat hummus
Nutrition Bonus: Hummus is a delicious and versatile dip that is high in iron and vitamin C. Rice cakes are light in calories, containing just 30 calories per cake.
Natural yoghurt with honey and cinnamon
Mix a dollop of honey with 1 pot of low fat yoghurt and add a sprinkle of cinnamon
Nutrition Bonus: Honey and cinnamon add a spicy kick to a smooth natural yoghurt. Knowledge about the health benefits of cinnamon are increasing every day – recently it has even been shown to have positive effects on diabetes.
Rye crispbread with cottage cheese
Top 1 rye crispbread with cottage cheese and cucumber
Nutrition Bonus: Cottage cheese may not be high in calcium, but it is much lower in calories than other cheeses like cheddar and Parmesan.
Fromage frais with blueberries
1 serving of low fat fromage frais (approx. 125g) and 40g blueberries
Nutrition Bonus: Fresh blueberries are a good low-calorie snack that can be added to cereal, yoghurts and fruit salad. Blueberries rank No. 1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 60 other fresh fruits and vegetables.
Instant trail mix
Handful of nuts and dried fruit
Nutrition Bonus: Nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids which help to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.
Hummus dip with baby carrots and celery sticks
A portion of lower fat hummus (approx. 50g) with celery sticks and baby carrots
Nutrition Bonus: If you want to be able to munch on foods without affecting your waistline then crudités like carrots and celery should be part of your diet.
Rainbow fruit salad
Combine 1 chopped slice of melon, 80g of strawberries, 1 sliced peach and 1 mandarin. Top with a scoop of low fat fromage frais
Nutrition Bonus: A serving of fresh fruit salad is low in calories and packed with vitamins and fibre.
Stir 1/2 tablespoon of chopped walnuts into 1 pot of low fat yoghurt (125g)
Nutrition Bonus: Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids which benefit heart health. This snack also contains plenty of protein which will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Tomato & cheese dip with celery
- Mix 30g of feta cheese, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh coriander and 3 chopped cherry tomatoes in a bowl
- Chop 1 stalk of celery into sticks and use for dipping.
Nutrition Bonus: A handy snack for office workers who want to nibble on something at their desk. Also the snack will contribute around 2 portions of veg towards your 5 per day.
Crispbread with sun-dried tomatoes and basil
Top 2 rye crispbreads with light Philadelphia cheese, 2 sliced sun-dried tomatoes and a few sprigs of fresh basil
Nutrition Bonus: A high fibre snack with deliciously summery sun-dried tomatoes and basil.
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