SMART SNACKING RECIPES
Even if you've followed a strict fitness and diet program for weeks, everyone gets hit with sudden food cravings. Whether you're a victim of late-night salt urges or post-workout sugar pangs, you don't have to destroy your progress by giving in. However, if you have the right snacks available, you can curb cravings and have the energy you need to stay strong all day.
Whether you're craving something sweet, or salty, you can find a snack that satisfies and helps whittle your middle. The secret to snacking is to not fight your cravings—become friends with them instead by trying to sneak in a little nutrition, too. Have what you love and crave, but think of a way to make it a little healthier.
IF YOU’RE CRAVING SOMETHING SWEET …
Dark Chocolate & Oat Clusters
Place 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk, and 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips in a saucepan; cook over low heat until chips melt (about 3 minutes). Stir in 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats; remove from heat. With a spoon or melon baller, drop 8 ball-shaped portions on a wax paper–lined baking sheet; let set in refrigerator 10 minutes before serving.
Pop a small bag of natural popcorn and top with 1 tablespoon melted peanut butter and a dusting of cocoa powder. Crunchy and the perfect amount of sweetness! Not sweet enough? Try swapping peanut butter for Nutella.
There’s no added sugar in these sweet and cool treats. Simply puree watermelon chunks and some lime juice, freeze, and enjoy. If it’s not watermelon season, try any other juicy fruit: Pears, peaches, or berries with a touch of apple juice for base will all make great pops.
Warm Pear with Cinnamon Ricotta
Preheat broiler or toaster oven. Halve and core 1 pear; place on a baking sheet. Broil until tender (10–12 minutes). In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Top warm pear with ricotta mixture.
IF YOU’RE CRAVING SOMETHING SALTY …
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
There are as many ways to prepare roasted chickpeas as there are herbs and spices. Try making them with spices that you love from a favorite dish or cuisine, like curry powder for an Indian flavor or cumin and chili powder to for a Mexican variation. The recipe is simple: toss a can of chickpeas with a bit of oil and your chosen spices, and bake your chickpeas at 400C until they’re golden and crunchy.
Cottage Cheese & Red Bell Pepper On Multigrain Wasa Crispbread
Cottage cheese will satisfy your cravings and help you avoid overloading on salty carbs. Try two pieces of multi grain Wasa Crispbread with 6 tbsps fat-free cottage cheese topped with a half-chopped red bell pepper and sea salt to taste to keep it under 200 calories.
Crumbled Feta With Tomato & Olive Oil
Cut 1 cup of cherry tomatoes in half and mix with an ounce of crumbled feta, drizzled with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. If the feta doesn’t hit the spot, toss a little extra sea salt on top.
Garlic and Herb Yogurt Dip
In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 tablespoons chopped chives, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon dried dill, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; serve with 4 ounces baked potato chips.