Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Snacks, choices, staying on target...

After having a 3 day weekend, I realized that being out of my "scheduled" daily routine was really hard in terms of eating right!!  I am used to foraging all day long in the pantry and the fridge, eating all kinds of junk food!!  Even popcorn is far worse for me than I knew...

So, I spent some time thinking about healthy snacking and looking into what kinds of things we could have throughout the day that wouldn't totally blow all the hard work we've been doing.

Here are some tips for great snacks...

*Hard boiled eggs...protein rich, easy to keep a lot on hand.  Boil up a dozen on the weekend and peel right away so they are easier to grab on the run.  (Then you also have them for eggsalad...Mmmm!!)

*Raw Almonds...1/4 cup is the perfect snack size.  Almonds are one of the "good nuts", so you don't have to feel bad about the higher levels of fat you'll find in them.

*Hummus...check the labels for the nutrition info...Trader Joe's White Bean and Basil is a really healthy choice.  Serve with celery sticks for a quick, healthy snack full of flavor. (Hummus is also a great substitute for mayo on your roasted turkey sandwiches!!)

* Avocados...another "good fat" food.  Try to keep a rotation of ripening avocados on hand to eat as a snack just sliced up plain or with a dash of your favorite salt free seasoning, also great to add to salads or morning omelets.

*Greek Non-fat Yogurt...yes, it tastes a little funky, but try the Dannon Blueberry to start.  No fat, 100 calories, 13 g protein, and really not that bad.

*Cottage Cheese-2%...this also has 100 calories per serving and 12 g protein.  You can drizzle a little honey on top and throw in some of those raw almonds chopped up...such a tasty treat!!

*Raw veggies...step outside the box here: Raw asparagus, raw green beans, jicama, radishes, and any colored peppers are all great for snacking on.  You can make a healthy dip using the plain greek yogurt with your favorite dry spice thrown in (Penzey's Arizona Dreaming is the bomb) too, if you don't like your veggies plain.

These are just some of the things we have been indulging in the past 2 weeks.  Hang in there, and feel free to share your low cal, low carb, high protein snacks, too!!  Happy Snacking!!

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