Days 9 & 10: Eat healthier snacks

It’s time for a little bit of down and dirty honesty here friends and fans. I’m not the world’s healthiest snacker. GASP! AH! This future nutritionist and crazed health nut has a serious salt and sweet tooth, and when I’m in need of a snack, the first thing I grab is some candy, a salty bag of chips or chocolate, not a carrot or Kashi bar.

I’m ashamed. I really am. Even though the rest of my meals are very healthy, for some reason, when that mid afternoon hunger hits me and I’m needing something quick, the healthy options just don’t seem to present themselves. So to avoid these diet pitfalls [there are 160 calories and 30 grams of sugar in 5 Laffy Taffy’s!] and eat healthier all around, my mini-lution for days 9 and 10 was to eat healthier snacks.

This bowl is a sneaky little devil!

Luckily, along with the thousands of unhealthy options that are prevalent in my office, there are just as many healthy ones. Along with the jar of candy, my office offers bowls of fruit and Nature Valley granola bars, all of which are high in fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin C & D and others. Stocking up on foods high in fiber keep you fuller longer, which is important when you are not planning to eat again until dinner.

Avoiding the sugar temptation of the candy bowl was not easy [it sits right by my cubicle!], but I manged to do it. To keep my eye from wandering too far, I kept my desk stocked with Nature Valley bars, almonds and light babybel cheeses, which kept my hunger at bay and my blood sugar at a healthy level.

If you aren’t a fan of almonds or granola bars but want a healthier snack, you are still in luck! Snacks are so versatile and flexible that you can mix and match any combination and still stay under 200 calories.  Check out a sneak peek, which is courtesy of Lady’s Home Journal for snack ideas all under 100 calories!  Mix it up and create your own perfect, healthy snack for when that 3pm hunger rumbles!

Category Food Serving Size Calories
Bread, Cereal, Pasta, Rice, and Snack Foods        
Breads Bagel, plain 1/2 medium (1 oz.) 75
  Bread, white 1 slice 80
  Bread, wheat 1 slice 80
  Bread, light 1 slice 40
  Breadsticks, soft 1/2 (1 oz.) 75
  Cornbread 1/2 piece (1 oz.) 95
  English muffin 1/2 medium 68
  Melba toast 4 80
  Muffin, blueberry 1/2 (1 oz.) 80
  Muffin, bran 1/2 (1 oz.) 80
  Muffin, corn 1/2 (1 oz.) 88
  Popovers 1/2 (1 oz.) 65
Cereals, cooked Grits, cooked 1/2 cup 70
  Oatmeal, cooked 1/2 cup 75
Cereals, ready to eat Granola, low-fat 1/4 cup 95
  Oat cereal, toasted 1/2 cup 55
  Puffed rice 1 cup 50
  Raisin Bran 1/4 cup 50
Crackers Animal crackers, plain 6 85
  Animal crackers, iced 3 75
  Graham crackers 1 sheet 55
  Matzoh 1/2 sheet 55
  Oyster crackers 23 60
  Saltines 5 60
Snack Foods Snack cracker, butter 5 80
  Popcorn, air popped 3 cups 90
  Popcorn, microwave 1.5 cups 55
  Popcorn, microwave light 3 cups 60
  Popcorn, oil popped 1 cup 55
  Popcorn, caramel 1/2 cup 75
  Popcorn, cheese 1 cup 64
  Potato chips, baked 5 60
  Potato chips, regular 10 75
  Pretzels, twists 4 large 55
  Pretzels, twists 8 small 55
  Tortilla chips, baked 10 bite size 55
  Tortilla chips, regular 6 rounds 75


For the full list, including fruist, veggies, proteins and milk, click here.

~ by therealnutritionist on April 21, 2010.

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