Snacking throughout the day is important so you don’t overeat during meals and so you can keep your metabolism revving.
Looking for some healthy, easy, yummy (H.E.Y.) snack ideas? Here’s what I’ve been enjoying lately…
Organic apple with ¼ cup of PC’s Honey Greek Yogurt: this is the perfect pre-dinner snack because it combines fiber from the apple, and protein from the yogurt to keep you satisfied until dinner. Greek yogurt is one of my new favourite things; especially the PC brand. It’s thick, creamy and unlike other brands or yogurt with artificial sweetener; it only has 3 ingredients: skim milk, honey and bacteria cultures. It has 160 calories, 0g of fat, 18g of protein and 11g of sugar per ¾ cup. 11g is kind of on the high side, but honey is a natural sugar, and if you only have ¼ cup serving that = about 3g of sugar. The bacterial cultures also provide your body with probiotics, which contributes to the health of your intestines and keeps you regular.
Watermelon: to me there’s nothing better than cold watermelon in the summer; it’s refreshing, yummy and is actually 92% water! It’s also really good for you – a great source of Vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene (an antioxidant, which has been said to help prevent certain types of cancer). It’s also great as a salad with fresh mint & feta or put some pieces in a jug of water for refreshing, natural watermelon flavoured water.
Organic Edamame in the shell: put 1 cup in the microwave for 2 ½ minutes, season with some Mrs. Dash and a bit of salt and voila! This is such a yummy, easy way to get a serving of vegetables and it can also satisfy a salt craving so you don’t go for chips or crackers.
Healthy Microwave Popcorn: again, if you have a craving for a salty snack, go for this instead of high-fat chips. Popcorn is a whole grain, is high in fiber and half a bag is only 150 calories!