5 Quick, Easy and Low Calorie Snack Ideas
Are you looking for something to take the edge off of your hunger between meals that won’t sabotage your weight loss or maintenance efforts, but that also won’t require a great deal of time or effort to prepare? If so, you’re like many people that need to know that they have items on hand that can easily be grabbed or taken on the go to curb hunger and increase energy levels but that won’t pack on the pounds.
We’ve put together a list of five quick, easy and low calorie snack ideas that will help you get through the day. The key to the staying power of each of these snacks is the fact that they all incorporate protein, or a combination of protein and fat, in addition to healthy carbohydrates. It is this combo that makes the snack do the job it’s supposed to do – keep you satisfied longer.
If you choose instead to just grab a carbohydrate laden snack, you’ll probably find that you are quickly hungry again, and may also feel tired and sluggish throughout the day. That’s why it’s important to get out of the mindset of carbohydrate rich snacks and get into the habit of making it easier for you to grab a snack throughout the day that has some protein and a bit of fat, so that you don’t just curb your hunger for minutes, but rather for hours.
Here are 5 quick, easy and low calorie snacks with staying power:
Apples and peanut butter – The sweet and crunchy bite of a fresh apple pairs perfectly with a tablespoon or two of creamy peanut butter for a midday snack that’s sure to satisfy hunger. As with many foods available these days, you can even find individual serving sizes of peanut butter that you can take with you on the go or can leave with you in your desk drawer at work for super convenience.
Hummus and pita wedges – If you’re looking for something that’s more savory than sweet, dip a few whole wheat pita wedges in a couple of tablespoons of hummus for a satisfying treat. If you’re on the go, you can even find individual serving sizes of hummus that you can take with you on the go. Simply pair with a small pita round, already cut up into wedges and placed into a zip-lock bag, or if you prefer, you can use fresh veggies as your dippers, such as carrots, green pepper, celery or cucumber.
Low fat cheese wedges and whole wheat crackers – The smooth and creamy taste of cheese not only curbs hunger but makes you feel like you’re being indulgent. And if you’re opting for a low fat cheese wedge like Laughing Cow, you’re only eating 35 calories worth of decadence. Pair two cheese wedges with a handful of wheat crackers and you should have no problem holding off until lunch or dinner when you’ve got a busy day ahead.
Greek yogurt with berries and nuts – If you’re a yogurt lover, then you’re sure to appreciate the added protein punch offered by Greek style yogurt. Opt for the unsweetened or plain varieties, and to add some extra taste and nutrients, throw in a few fresh berries and a tablespoon or two of chopped nuts, like almonds or walnuts. This doesn’t take long to prepare – simply open the cover of the yogurt, and mix in the berries and nuts that you already set aside in the morning before starting your day so you can be prepared later on for a quick and easy snack.
Turkey, cheese and lettuce wraps – Want the perfect way to get from one meal to another? Have a quick and easy “mini meal”. Simply take a couple of slices of low-fat and low-sodium turkey deli meat and a slice of your favorite low fat cheese and wrap the pair up in a lettuce leaf. You can probably get two decent sizes rolls out of this that will certainly leave you feeling satisfied and ready to go between meals. And if you’re still hungry, you can even throw in a piece of fresh fruit to round out your mini meal and to add a bit of sweetness.