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Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Your 9 Types of Hunger

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Your 9 Types of Hunger

Hunger is a many-faced beast. Sometimes we're hungry for sweet, sometimes for salt. Sometimes for warmth (be it physical or emotional), sometimes for cold. Sometimes it's our stomach talking, sometimes our mouths, and sometimes our emotions.We've got you covered. We've come up with healthy snacks for nine (yes, nine!) categories of hunger. Satisfy your cravings healthfully and happily with any of these delicioso choices.

Raw almonds
Yes, you can buy salted, roasted, flavored, and probably even ones with little faces carved on them, but for us, nothing beats a plain, fresh almond, straight up. Each is about 7 calories, so eat 15 or so for a healthy snack. Savor them, one at a time.

Cut vegetables
Yes, we know…boring! But here's what we have to say to that: Red peppers. Green peppers. Carrots. Celery. Cauliflower. Radishes. Jicama. Green beans. Cucumbers. Asparagus. Still not tempted? How about "eat as much as you want, whenever you want?" Vegetable calorie counts are so low, and nutrition so high, that you can never eat too many veggies. Period.

A half-cup of boiled soybeans is just 100 calories, but immensely satisfying and healthy, with — as they say in the food industry — a great mouth feel. For a twist, sprinkle a little salt on top, and then several grinds of pepper.

Dried fruit
Apricots are probably the most popular of dried fruit, and we love 'em. But have you tried dried mango or papaya slices? They're marvelously sweet and chewy. Five spears of either total around 150 calories. Too sweet? You can have roughly 10 rings of dried apple for the same calorie count, and they're even chewier.

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A large peach might weigh a quarter pound or more, but it will only be 60 to 70 calories, since it's mostly water. The trick: Buy locally grown peaches, or stop at a farm stand on your next summer road trip (we particularly love Carolina and Georgia peaches). Grocery-store peaches just don't compare.

It's hard to believe that 14 years ago, hardly anyone knew about these marvelous citrus fruits — a form of mandarin orange, actually — that came in little crates from Spain each winter. Today, clementines are being grown far more widely, so expect to see them available more frequently. At 35 calories per fruit, you can eat three and that's still a light snack, calorie-wise.

Dry roasted peanuts
An ounce of peanuts has about the same calories as an ounce of potato chips — around 160 calories — but the similarities end there. Peanuts are packed with healthy nutrition, including the type of monounsaturated fat that is so heart-healthy. And each nut is a burst of flavor.

Kalamata Olives
We love the oval shape and bold flavor of these salty Greek olives, and we must admit we love sucking on the pits — it keeps us from eating more! Each olive is 10.5 calories, assuming it's not dripping in olive oil. So 10 of them make a lovely, 105-calorie snack.

Godiva Gold Ballotin (2 pieces)
For $4, you get two of Godiva's loveliest creations: a dark ganache heart and a praline crescent — presented in a gold box. Instant royalty! Luxurious indulgence for just 120 calories.

Chocolate-covered raisins
Each one is around 4 calories, no worse than a carob- or yogurt-covered raisin. So go for the gusto. Two-dozen of them — which makes a rather nice pile, we think — is just 96 calories. And talk about sweet: Raisins are naturally rich in sugar, and, then there's that luscious milk chocolate — that says it all.

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Garden Fresh Gourmet Mild Guacamole
This nationally distributed dip is made from just six natural ingredients, and tastes homemade. And at 45 calories for two tablespoons, it's perfectly friendly for weight loss. Just don't sabotage your efforts; eat with baked chips or fresh veggies.

Buffalo jerky
Of all the jerky types, buffalo is the leanest; an ounce is 80 calories, compared with 115 for beef jerky, and contains just a half-gram of fat. As to protein, that one-ounce serving is an amazing 15 grams, making this the ultimate snack for those wanting to fuel their muscles. If you buy the peppered variety, a little piece goes a long, long way.

Peanut butter and celery
A tablespoon of smooth peanut butter is around 95 calories. That's all you'll need to fill a long stalk of celery, which has barely 10 calories. Crunchy, yummy, and very satisfying.

Hummus and pita
Hummus is the peanut butter of the Mediterranean region, but much lower in calories — a tablespoon of this creamy golden spread made from chickpeas is around 26 calories. Have four tablespoons with unlimited raw veggies, or two tablespoons with half a pita bread cut into wedges.

A teacup of oatmeal is around 110 calories, and includes 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein, which is a lot of filling nutrition. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon or nutmeg, and add fresh berries or sliced fruit to make not only more appealing visually, but tastier, too.

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8. HOT
Baked apple with cinnamon
Core a Granny Smith apple, put a sprinkling of brown sugar and a little margarine in the center, sprinkle the whole thing with cinnamon, and microwave, covered, for 3 minutes, or until the apple is soft. Truly delicious, lots of food, and a mere 120 calories.

Amy's Chunky Vegetable Soup
The entire can has just 120 calories. This soup will warm you up quickly.

Frozen blueberries
A cup of blueberries is around 80 calories, and so full of nutrients. We love blueberry picking in the summer, then freezing the haul, to be used for the next several months in desserts, smoothies, or as a delicious snack. Frozen, they are wonderful to crunch on…or just let them melt in your mouth.

McDonald's Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait
We're never eager to send you to a fast food restaurant, but if your journeys take you to McDonald's, this parfait — layered with low-fat yogurt, low-fat granola, strawberries and blueberries — is a reasonable and healthy 160 calories.

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