By Lisa Rhea
Not sure what to reach for mid-day when hunger strikes? Here are a few of my favorite tested and true snacks. Each packs a protein punch, is sure to quell your appetite and will keep you eating right all day long.
Low-fat Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Look for 2% cottage cheese and pair it with an unsweetened fruit. Apples, berries, no-sugar-added mandarin oranges, etc. are great options.
Low-Fat String Cheese and Raisins
They’re not just for kids! I love string cheese and it’s a great go-to on the run, and those little boxes of raisins are the perfect serving size for a snack.
Greek Yogurt and Fruit
Be sure to find a yogurt that is low in sugar – and be wary of the vanilla versions as they usually have a lot of added sugars. I prefer to add a little stevia and cinnamon and pair with a chopped up apple. When using berries, I like to throw a little granola on top for a parfait crunch. If it’s a fruit version of the yogurt, I’m sure to pair it with a lower sugar fruit, like oranges or berries.
Ants on a Log
Pack them in your kid’s lunch box and your own! Celery is a great host for heart-healthy peanut butter and nutrient-rich raisins. The creamy and crunchy texture is a great substitute for chips and dip and much healthier!
There are a million combinations and recipes out there, but smoothies are an awesome snack option, as long as you don’t go overboard. Keeping the calories down in a smoothie can be a difficult task (and one chain smoothie shops often fail at).
For a snack and not a meal replacement, keep the ingredients simple. I prefer to use a scoop of vanilla protein powder, a cup of mixed berries, a cup of spinach and low cal almond milk for a snack version. If I’m making it a meal, I’ll often add greek yogurt and coconut oil for more nutrients and more calories.