snacks

Quick easy Sweet Snacks under 200 Cals

 

These are some of my favourite sweet treats I use as a snack between meals, especially when that sugar craving begins to lurk. Sometimes satisfying it with a healthy sweet treat can quench that desire before it turns into a craving. These are easy, delicious and won’t take you too far off track!! So enjoy!! Without the guilt!

Honeyed Greek Yogurt:

  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yoghurt with a dash of cinnamon
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey/agave syrup or sprinkle of stevia
  • handful of raw nuts
  • ½ banana

Berries and Yoghurt

  • 1 cup blueberries (any berries)
  • 2 tablespoons natural greek yoghurt
  • ½ scoop protein

Tropical Cottage Cheese:

  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup fresh mango
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple

Mix cottage cheese with chopped mango and pineapple.

Oats and Berries:

  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • cinnamon
  • ¼ cup fresh berries
  • ½ scoop protein mixed in water

Cook rolled oats with water and sprinkle with cinnamon, then add fresh berries and top with protein.

Frozen grapes (any color):

  • 1 cup (about 28 grapes)
  • frozen in the freezer for 2+ hours

Spiced Orange:

  • 1 orange (about the size of a tennis ball)
  • sprinkled with cinnamon

Grilled Pineapple:

  • 2 ¼ cm thick pineapple rounds (about 1 cup)
  • 60g cottage cheese

Grill Pineapple for two minutes or until golden.                 (pineapple doesn’t have to be grilled- you can have it fresh)

Nut-Stuffed Date:

  • 1 Medjool Date
  • 1 teaspoon natural almond butter

Fill date with the almond butter.

Stuffed Figs

  • 2 small dried figs
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat ricotta
  • cinnamon.

Stuff ricotta or low fat cottage cheese inside figs and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Make Your Own Banana Chips:

  • 1 banana
  • lemon juice

Slice banana and then dip it in lemon juice and bake.

Citrus-Berry Salad:

  • 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Toss berries with orange juice.

Carrot and Raisin Salad:

  • 1 cup shaved carrots
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Mix it all together.    (Only every so often- this is high in GI)

Cottage Cheese Melon Boat:

  • 1 cup melon balls
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • sprinkle with fresh mint

Tropical Juice Smoothie:

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ice

All fresh juices blended with ice.

Vanilla and Banana Smoothie:

  • ½ cup sliced banana
  • ¼ cup natural greek yoghurt
  • handful of ice

Blend until smooth.     (Stevia if needed to sweeten)

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Skinny Summer Snacks

by Vashte on August 19, 2012

Your stomach is grumbling and you need to fight the dreaded afternoon energy slump. What to do?
Here begins some ideas for some sexy summer snacks that won’t destroy your balanced food plan. These tasty treats will keep your metabolism moving and curb cravings so you don’t overeat at your next meal or reach for that sugar laden, or deep fried poor excuse for ‘food’.

Natural Greek Yoghurt with Blueberries:

Greek yoghurt contains probiotics for healthy digestion, calcium, and double the amount of protein found in regular yogurt. Blueberries are high in antioxidants that help fight the bad molecules that damage cells in our bodies. Plus, they are also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and manganese, and delicious to boot!! Add honey or agave syrup if you must, but remember that they are just sugar so ask yourself, do you REALLY need it? Once you get used to natural foods and alkalise your body, you will find you body no longer WANTS the very sweet foods marketed today :)

 Almonds and Apples:

 

Almonds are among the healthiest of all nuts and are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fibre. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber and are a great source of Vitamin C. (Choose organic as often as you can in all wholefoods remember). They are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. Almonds are also high in Vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Be careful not to over eat them though too much of a good thing is still too much of a good thing!! Combine them into a snack size of about 10 almonds with a small apple. The mix of protein, healthy fat, and carbohydrates will keep you satisfied, motivated, and fueled until dinner. An apple a day keeps the “I can only wear black” away- especially with Summer coming up… ditch the black and lets go for the vibrant colours!!!

Some people like to slice the apple and spread almond butter on the apple. This is a favourite snack of mine personally!! I used to use peanut butter, but peanuts are very hard for the body to digest, and I would find that it repeats on me for hours after. Almond butter is just almonds mashed up- all 100% natural and so much easier for the body to digest. And all GOOD fats too. Don’t knock it till you try it!! Instead of bread, use an apple!!  I first saw my American friends doing this, and I turned my nose up at it. I should no better than to criticise before I try things.. and when I did, I loved this snack!

Almond butter is found in the supermarket in the health section. It is more expensive than peanut butter.. but you are not eating it all at once, so in actual fact, its not expensive at all. Enjoy!!!

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