Snack Ideas That Won't Sit on Your Hips

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
SNACK IDEAS THAT WON'T SIT ON YOUR HIPS
Snack Ideas That Won't Sit on Your Hips

Those of you that can say they don’t snack between meals are few; the rest of us are guilty as charged.  Letting yourself get too hungry before eating is a sure way to encourage overeating. 8-10 glasses of water a day not only keeps you well-hydrated, but will also help you feel less hungry. Another good idea is to include some protein with your snacks, as this will help keep you feeling full for a longer period of time.

 

Put some thought into your snacks.  Sometimes substituting can be as simple as eating non-fat frozen yogurt or sorbet instead of ice cream. If you’re craving savory munchies, snack on baked tortilla chips instead of regular corn chips and eat them with salsa instead of sour cream and satisfy your salt cravings with pretzels instead of chips.

 

Snacking involves your eyes just as much as it does your mouth. Take the extra time to read the nutrition labels and be especially skeptical of low-fat food claims. If the fat has been eliminated, the amount of sugar in the food may have increased to keep it tasting good, making many low-fat foods have nearly as many calories as their full-fat versions.

 

If you enjoy the kitchen, prepare your own snacks. When you make something yourself, you get complete control of the ingredients! Make a mix of dry cereals, dried fruits, and nuts in single-serving containers. Choose cereal that’s high in fiber and go easy on the nuts to keep the calories down. 

 

Salads always make for a good snack but be weary of those dressings. The bacon bits, croutons, and crispy noodles can pile up the calorie count and fat quickly.  Ways to slim down your salads include sprinkling the cheese on your salads instead of going for the cheese chunks or cubes. Order salad dressing on the side and use the "stab and grab" method of dipping your fork into the dressing before grabbing each bite. You'll end up using less dressing and still get flavour in every mouthful.

 

Stopping for a caffeine pick-me-up could end up costing you more calories than lunch if you're not careful. But it is possible to get your caffeine fix without the extra hips by ordering non-fat milk, skipping the whipped cream on top, and ordering the smallest size.

 

As with everything, moderation is the key to smart snacking. Eating regular meals and healthy snacks makes you less likely to overeat and gain weight than people who skip meals or go for long periods without food and then scuff down the first thing they can get their hands on. Satisfy your cravings with healthier alternatives and your hips will thank you for it!


Easy replacements

 

Long grain rice (100g) 337 kcal

Egg noodles (100g) 95 kcal

Slice of pepperoni pizza 352kcal

Slice of chicken supreme pizza  273 kcal

Standard chocolate bar 230 kcal

A mug of hot chocolate 140 kcal

Chocolate chip muffin 590 kcal

Fresh bagel  400 kcal / doughnut  250 kcal

Café latte, tall, whole milk 200 kcal

Café latte, iced, skim milk, tall 73 kcal

Potato salad (1 cup) 358 kcal

Baked potato, medium 161  kcal

French fries, fast food (large) 520 kcal

French fries, fast food (small) 220 kcal

Mayonnaise (1tbsp) 100 kcal

Mayonnaise, light (1tbsp) 50 kcal

3 cups cheese popcorn 172 kcal

3 cups light popcorn 60  kcal

Chicken nuggets (100g) 243 kcal

Roasted chicken breast (100g) 175 kcal

Green grapes (100g) 71 kcal

Watermelon (100g) 11 kcal

Double meat burger with cheese 580 kcal

Cheeseburger 300 kcal

Cashew nuts  (100g) 610 kcal

Raisins (100g) 308 kcal

 

Simple Healthy Snack Ideas

  • Raw vegetables, such as celery, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green pepper, green beans, cucumbers, mushrooms or zucchini may be served with a low-fat dip.
  • Non-sugared cereals, snack mixes made with popcorn, and whole grain cereal.
  • Shakes with low-fat milk or yogurt and fruit.
  • Unsweetened fruit juices and fresh berries such as blueberries and raspberries.
  • A fruit smoothie.
  • Air-popped popcorn topped with Italian seasonings and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  • One-half cup of frozen yogurt and a small banana.
  • Dried fruit such as apricots, apple rings, or a small box of raisins and a low-fat string cheese stick.
  • Ready-to-eat whole grain cereal with soymilk.
  • Banana (1 medium) dipped in non-fat yogurt (4 oz.) and honey-nut Cheerios.

 

BTW: Did you know that there are 10 teaspoons of sugar in a typical soft drink can? More sugar than in a standard chocolate bar!

 

 

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