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So many of us live busy lives, so busy that we don't often take the time to consider the foods we eat as a mid-morning or mid-day pickup. A candy bar or bag of chips, maybe some fries from the local drive-through. We need something small, something to keep us going until the next meal but then wonder why we feel tired a just few hours later.
It's probably your choice of snack, or the absence of a snack at all. Yes, believe it or not, no snack at all can be just as bad as an unhealthy choice.
When we eat smaller, healthier meals every three or four hours, it helps to keep our blood glucose levels stable. So those snacks, as long as they are healthy snacks, are important to our bodies. They help to keep us going. They help keep us alert. They carry us into the evening and help to prevent late night snacking during the time of day our metabolism begins to slow, leaving us not processing the foods as effectively.
With a little planning, a quick and healthy snack can be ready to grab and go. 100 calorie snack portions can be prepared in advance and made ready to tuck into your purse, briefcase, backpack or diaper bag. So when that mid-morning or mid-day hunger strikes, you have a healthy, 100 calorie snack at your finger tips, ready to go.
Another benefit of preparing your own snacks in advance is you won't be as tempted to run out for a fast food treat or nosh on something from the convenience store. Healthy snack options are often times rather frugal, making them not only kind to your health, but kind to your wallet.
Healthy 100 Calorie Snacks
- 1 banana
- 3 cups of air popped popcorn *sprinkle it with a tablespoon of nutritional yeast to add B vitamins and lend a cheesy flavor
- 1/2 cup of plain Greek yoghurt with a dash of cinnamon and a teaspoon of local honey
- 1/2 cup of baby carrots and 2 tablespoons of hummus
- 1 cup of grapes *try them frozen
- 1/2 cup shelled edamame
- homemade trail mix - 1 tablespoon of peanuts and 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries
- 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce, sprinkled with cinnamon
- 1 string cheese and 2 whole grain crackers
- 10 tortilla chips and a 1/4 cup of salsa
- 1/2 cantaloupe
- 1/2 cup of pistachios, about 25
- dark chocolate, 1 block or 3 squares
- 1 cup of berries topped with 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yoghurt and drizzled with local honey
- 1/2 cup of kale chips
- 1 stalk of celery and 1 tablespoon of natural peanut or almond butter
- 18 mini-pretzels or 40 pretzel sticks
- 1 hardboiled egg and a Melba toast
- 40 Goldfish crackers
- 14 almonds or 8 cacao dusted almonds *this, by far, is my favorite healthy snack - the beneficial lipids in almonds help to decrease blood glucose levels.
What are your favorite healthy, low calorie snacks?Comment below and share them with us!
Liberty Ann is a photographer extraordinaire, life coach, and blogger who has a sometimes snarky and irreverent approach to life. Her personal blog, Naturally Frugalicious, offers perspectives on healthy eating and frugal living through recipes, tips, and DIY projects. When she isn't blogging or elbow deep in her photography, Liberty can be found drinking a glass of wine and getting lost in Pinterest.
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