Healthy Snacks For
Almond butter and celery
Typically made with peanut butter, this version features fat-fighting almond butter. Two tablespoons of almond butter is 190 calories, so measure before you fill celery with the nutty spread. Use a little less almond butter and sprinkle a few raisins on top.
Whole wheat crackers and cheese
A box of crackers and block of cheese certainly doesn't fall under the low-calorie snack category, but both of these snack foods are inherently healthy as long as they are eaten in moderation. Set aside 4 to 5 baked whole grain crackers and 1-ounce or less of cheese and enjoy.
Low-fat chocolate banana smoothie
Pull out your blender and whip up a dessert-caliber chocolate smoothie. Combine half a frozen banana, 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup, 1 tablespoon of ground flax, and ice and blend until smooth. Frosty, refreshing, and a delicious energy boost, this smoothie may just take the edge off an overly-stressful day.
Low-fat milk and graham crackers
Cookies and milk are rarely eatable for fewer than 200 calories, but a 6-ounce glass of low-fat milk and 2 graham cracker squares can be just as satisfying as a smart snack choice. Opt for regular low-fat milk (or non-dairy milk if you follow a dairy-free diet) as opposed to low-fat chocolate milk, which is typically loaded with sugar.
Tuna and whole grain crackers
A popular combo, tuna and crackers supplies quality protein and whole grain goodness. Mix a 2-ounce can of tuna with a tablespoon of light mayonnaise and pair it with 4 to 5 whole grain crackers. (You can also pair tuna with carrot or celery sticks, if you're craving a crunchy snack with more volume.)
Three cups of air-popped popcorn comes in at just under 100 calories. Spray it with cooking spray and spinkle with two tablespoons of grated Parmesan and you've a savory snack for less than 200 calories. Need something sweet? Spray popcorn with cooking spray and sprinkle with ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons or so of sugar.
Dried fruit and toasted nut mix
Dried fruit and nuts are a powerfood combination of antioxidants, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Mix up 1/4 cup of your favorite dried unsweetened fruit and toasted nuts for an energy-snack that will keep your hunger at bay until lunch or dinner.
Half a whole wheat turkey and cheese sandwich
If sandwiches at lunch have you yawning, try half sandwiches as snacks. You can make one sandwich and eat half as a mid-morning snack and half in the afternoon. A half turkey and cheese sandwich, for example—composed of a slice of whole wheat bread, 2-ounces of turkey breast, 1/2-ounce of cheese, and juicy tomatoes—comes in at fewer than 200 calories yet provides a filling combination of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and minimal fat.