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10 Snacks that are scrumptious and diet savvy

Michelle Dudash, RD, is nationally recognized as an expert in teaching people how health and food can happily co-exist. Through her 18 years of food business experience as a Le Cordon Bleu certified chef having cooked at a five star rest...

Diet-friendly snacks for the new year

For many, ringing in the New Year means beginning resolutions to eat healthier and lose weight. However, this doesn’t have to mean snacking on just carrots and celery. Try out these new snacks that are under 200 calories to help keep you on track, scrumptiously.

Nibble Before Lunch:

Catherine Kruppa, a registered dietitian at the Houstonian Club, recommends balancing proteins with carbohydrates.

1. Bear Naked Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix

Full of dried cherries and cranberries, oats, almonds, and chocolate, just a small handful is enough to appease hunger.

1/4 cup serving: 120 calories, .5 grams saturated fat, 2 grams fiber, 2 grams protein

2. Kind Mini Fruit and Nut Delight

When you're looking for crunchy, candy texture, reach for this bar packed with nuts, dried apricots and raisins.

1 bar: 108 calories, 1 gram saturated fat, 2 grams fiber, 3 grams protein

3. ATHENOS Peach Greek Yogurt

This naturally thick and creamy delight is the only fat-free dual compartment Greek yogurt available.

1 container: 100 calories, 11 grams protein, 15% DV calcium


Invigorate to Prevent the 3:00 Crash:

"Eating 2-3 balanced snacks per day helps keep you fuller longer, and energized," advises Catherine.

4. Rhythm Chips Crispy Kale Bombay Curry

Each bag starts out as an entire 16-ounce bunch of fresh kale. The chips are air crisped and seasoned to help satisfy your salty snack craving.

1 ounce serving: 113 calories, 5 grams protein, 3 grams fiber, 162% DV vitamin A

5. Wasa Rosemary Flatbread

These whole grain crackers serve as a wholesome base when spread with 2 tablespoons goat cheese and a sprinkle of dried fruit.

2 crackers: 70 calories, 2 grams protein, 1 gram fiber

6. Annie Chun's Sesame Roasted Seaweed Snacks

Sushi lovers rejoice with these snacks that can be eaten like potato chips. Add 2 tablespoons cashews for staying power.

10 sheets: 25 calories, 1 gram fiber, 35% DV vitamin A, 8% DV vitamin C

7. Blood Orange Honeydrop Beverage

When plain water won't do, hydrate with this organic beverage sweetened solely with honey and flavored with blood orange juice and orange peel.

16 ounce bottle: 80 calories, 100% DV vitamin C

8. Tribe Origins Zesty Spice & Garlic Hummus

This new line of all natural hummus dip is delicious with fresh sugar snap peas.

2 tablespoons: 70 calories, .5 grams saturated fat, 2 grams protein

Relax After Dinner with Chocolate:

Catherine says, "It's okay to have whatever dessert you want while trying to slim down, but limit the amount to only 100 calories."

9. Q.Bel 52% Cacao Dark Chocolate Wafer Rolls

Indulge your chocolate monkey and get a boost of antioxidants with these portion controlled, individually wrapped sticks.

1 roll: 60 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 9 grams carbohydrate

10. Lucy's Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Cookies

You can have your cookie and eat it too with these crispy treats baked with oat and bean flours. Wash them down with non-fat milk for added protein.

2 cookies: 85 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 1.5 grams fiber, 1.5 grams protein

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