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Healthy Snacks for Less than 180 Calories

healthy snacksDo you struggle with your weight One thing that can help you maintain a healthy weight is snacking between meals. That may sound counter-intuitive but think about it. When you let yourself get too hungry, chances are you’ll overeat at the next meal, and that’s a problem. Eating excess calories at one time promotes weight gain because what you don’t burn off between meals gets stored as fat. Do that too many times and soon you’ll be heading off to the shopping mall looking for new and bigger jeans.


When you take the edge off your hunger by snacking, you eat smaller portions at meals, maintain a healthy weight, and have more energy all day. But not all snacks are equal. When you’re hungry between meals, don’t reach for fat, sugar and salt-laden cookies, chips, or muffins. Instead nibble on these unprocessed, healthy, low-calorie snacks. Give your body the vitamin-rich foods it deserves.

For a better balance of carb and protein, mix these snacks up. For example, almond butter on a couple of crispbreads, carrot sticks and hummus, or a handful of trail mix and half a banana.

Apple: medium, 80 calories

  • Very high in dietary fiber
  • High in Vitamin C

Almond butter, plain: 1 tbsp, 100 calories

  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • No sugar
  • High in manganese
  • High in magnesium

Yogurt, Plain, low fat: 1 C, 154 calories

  • High in calcium
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in  riboflavin
  • Banana: medium, 110 calories
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in vitamin C
  • High in potassium

Trail Mix, Regular: 1 ounce, 130 calories (1 ounce is a handful) You can make your own. Mix your favourite nuts, seeds and dried fruit and store them in the refrigerator.

  • No cholesterol
  • Low in sodium
  • No sugar

Wasa Crispbread: 1 slice, 45 calories

  • High in dietary fiber

Carrot Sticks, baby: 15 sticks, 60 calories

  • Very low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Very high in dietary fiber
  • High in iron
  • High in manganese
  • High in pantothenic acid
  • High in potassium
  • Very high in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin B6
  • High in vitamin C

Hummus: 2 tbsp, 80 calories

  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sugar
  • High in manganese
  • High in vitamin B6

Avocado: ½ small, 150 calories

  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • Very low in sugar
  • High in dietary fiber

Almonds, raw: 1 ounce (approximately 24 almonds) 170 calories

  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • Low in sugar
  • High in manganese
  • High in magnesium

What are your favourite healthy low-cal snacks? Leave a comment.

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