Low calorie snacks for every craving
The Optimal Snack Equation
Letâ€™s face it: No nosh is perfect. But some come close. When choosing a snack, try to hit the nutritional targets below.
About 200 calories: This is enough to keep your metabolism humming, said Bethany Thayer, a registered dietitian in Detroit.
At least 3 grams of fiber: Fiber is digested slowly and helps sustain your energy. It also absorbs water and expands in your stomach to keep you full.
At least 5 grams of protein: â€śProtein releases a hormone in the body that increases satiety,â€ť said Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian in New York City.
No more than 12 grams of fat: This will help ensure that you donâ€™t get more than 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories from fat, which is the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ€™s recommendation.
Snacks for the Car
These quickie eats are easy to toss into a sandwich bag or fit nicely in a cup holder.
Sahale Snacks Tuscan Almonds With Parmesan + Herbs (ÂĽ cup)
140 calories, 3g fiber, 5g protein, 11g fat
Note: The name-brand snacks mentioned throughout are available at supermarkets and natural-food stores.
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Wasabi Edamame (ÂĽ cup)
130 calories, 7g fiber, 14g protein, 5g fat
2 clementines and 7 walnut halves
163 calories, 3g fiber, 3g protein, 9g fat
Annieâ€™s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Snack Mix (Â˝ cup)
140 calories, 0g fiber, 3g protein, 5g fat
1 hard-cooked egg mashed with 1 teaspoon light mayonnaise plus a pinch of celery salt and 1 slice whole-wheat bread
163 calories, 2g fiber, 10g protein, 8g fat
Vitalicious VitaTops Deep Chocolate muffin top
100 calories, 9g fiber, 4g protein, 2g fat
Soy nuts (ÂĽ cup) plus 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
190 calories, 6g fiber, 12g protein, 9g fat
3 cups popped popcorn with 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan plus chili powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper
136 calories, 4g fiber, 7g protein, 4g fat
Yogi Granola Crisps Mountain Blueberry Flax (Â˝ cup)
110 calories, 2g fiber, 3g protein, 3g fat
Kind Peanut Butter & Strawberry bar
190 calories, 4g fiber, 7g protein, 11g fat
Starbucks Grande Nonfat Caffe Latte
130 calories, 0g fiber, 13g protein, 0g fat
1 Kashi TLC Happy Trail Mix Soft-Baked Cookie
140 calories, 4g fiber, 2g protein, 5g fat
Grapes (Â˝ cup) plus 1 stick light mozzarella string cheese
102 calories, 1g fiber, 7g protein, 3g fat