Humans aren’t supposed to eat like cows or triceratops and graze all day. Both people and Neanderthals need to choose their food wisely to get the most out of their calories. To maintain a healthy weight, stick to breakfast, lunch, and dinner with light morning and afternoon snacks. These snacks should be around 100-200 calories and ideally contain a protein and a fruit or vegetable like apple slices and peanut butter. Go here if you don’t know what 200 calories looks like.
Please remember you don’t have to completely deny yourself to eat healthy. Studies have shown that when dieters try to completely cut out treats that they actually end up rebounding and eating worse. So don’t throw out those cookies just eat 3 instead of 7. For items like cookies that come in a large box, divvy up the box into smart portion sizes but using sandwich sized plastic bags. This will help you from eating too many.
Easy Antipasto Plate
Roll a thin slice of prosciutto or ham around a part-skim mozzarella string cheese. Eat with a few olives and grapes, or add roasted bell peppers drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Just don’t eat too much as the meat and cheese are loaded with sodium.
Pineapple and Pistachios
Combine about ¼ cup dried pineapple pieces with about 25 pistachio nuts. (For a treat, use chile-lime pistachio nuts, available at specialty stores.) Other winning dried-fruit-and-nut combos: raisins and peanuts, apricots and almonds, cherries and hazelnuts
Hummus and Veggies
1/4 cup hummus and 3 carrot sticks are only 80 calories. Broccoli and bell pepper strips are also yummy with the protein-packed dip. Many grocery stories now carry a variety of different hummus. Find out which flavor goes the best with your favorite raw vegetables.
Go here to learn about easy, healthy options in your supermarket
Not as Quick Snacks
These snacks need a little more preparation but will satisfy your cravings without breaking your diet.
Per serving (1/2 cup): 110 calories, 6.3g fat, 5.3g fiber, 6.8g protein
Per serving (1 cup salsa and 9 chips): 110 Calories, 4g Fat
Per serving (1 brownie): 153 Calories, 8g Fat, 2g Fiber, 3gProtein
What’s your favorite healthy snacks? Tell me in the comments!