If you are trying to eat healthy foods, you may be thinking that snacking is off limits. Including nutritious snacks in your diet can help stave off hunger and keep you from overeating at mealtime. The key to snacking is to make sure that you choose filling, low-calorie foods. If you are watching your waistline, keep snacks to 100 calories or less.
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Fruit Are Sweet Snacks
Fruit is a sweet, energy-boosting snack option to include in a healthy diet. Typically under 100 calories per serving, fruit is high in fiber, which will help fill you up. One medium apple, for example, contains 72 calories and provides 3 grams of fiber. When it comes to strawberries, one cup of whole berries contains 46 calories, 3 grams of fiber and is high in vitamins C. When hunger strikes, grab one small banana, one medium orange, or a cup of grapes or berries for a nutrient-packed, filling, low calorie snack.
Vegetables Make Great Snacks
Like fruit, vegetables are a high-fiber, low-calorie snack option to enjoy for less than 100 calories. Carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and radishes are all example of filling vegetables choices that can be enjoyed raw as a snack. One cup of sliced cucumbers plus one cup of sliced bell peppers has fewer than 50 calories, contains 3 grams of fiber and is high in water to help fill you up.
String Cheese Offers Protein
A piece of protein-packed string cheese may be the perfect choice when you are in need of a quick, low-carb snack. A 1-ounce piece of part-skim string cheese contains 85 calories and gives you 7 grams of filling protein. In addition, string cheese provides plenty of bone-building calcium, as one piece provides 20 percent of your daily needs.
Healthy Popcorn Snacking
Sometimes, you need a crunchy snack -- and greasy potato chips are out of the question. Instead, choose to munch on whole-grain popcorn. A 3-cup serving of air-popped popcorn contains just under 100 calories, and provides 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein to help fill you up. Forget the salt and butter, which will add lots of calories and fat. Season your popcorn with garlic powder, cumin, Italian seasoning or cinnamon.
Yogurt as a Snack
Another protein-packed, and slightly sweet, low-calorie snack option is fat-free yogurt. For just under 100 calories, you can enjoy a 6-ounce container of fat-free, fruit flavored yogurt. This serving of yogurt will provide you with 6 grams of protein and 23 percent of your daily calcium needs.
Oatmeal as a Snack
When you need something filling, reach for a packet of instant, plain oatmeal. With 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and just 100 calories, a packet of oatmeal will keep you satisfied until your next meal. Season your plain oatmeal with cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice -- which add 0 calories.