Smart Snacking

By Caroline – March 2, 2011

The first thing a lot of people do when they start a diet is cut out the snacking. But going this route can often find you starving by the next meal and in a position to overeat.  By choosing snack-calories wisely, you can fight hunger, keep your meal portions in control, and rev up your metabolism.

Total Yogurt – Lots of yogurt is high in sugar (or artificial sweetener), not to mention other weird additives. Keep it simple, fat-free, and protein-packed with Fage Total Greek Yogurt. The texture is decadent, the tangy is satisfying, and at a mere 80 calories, there’s enough wiggle room to sweeten as you please.

Fancified Apples – In 2003, a Brazilian study confirmed that eating three apples a day can aid in weight loss. There’s no magic to this – an increase in density and a decrease in calorie consumption. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake is crucial to weight loss, and as an affordable and portable option, apples should be a key player. Ramp up the protein and satiating power with a tablespoon of peanut butter, or slice and add local honey.

Kashi Chewy Granola Bars – With 130-140 calories, 4 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein, these sweet bars make a smart snack. They’re one of the chewiest options on the market, and it’s likely you (and your jaw) will be satisfied when it’s all over.

Soy Chips – A package of this snack comes in around 100 calories, with 7 grams of protein to keep you full. A recent study in the International Journal of Obesity indicates that soy protein not only promotes weight loss, but also ensures that the loss is fat rather than muscle. Enjoy with a little salsa and black beans, and further add to the fiber and protein content.

Gum – Ask yourself if you are really hungry. If you’ve already chugged a glass of water, but still have a craving for something, pop a stick of gum. If it’s not time for a snack or a meal, this will keep you from hitting up the break room vending machine.


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