Easy snack recipes are great for a boost of energy and a way to add in extra nutrients between meals. There is no reason for snack time to undermine your efforts to follow a healthy diet.
Enjoy these tasty snacks for under 200 calories!
Cinnamon Apple Sauce:
This is one of my favorite snack recipes to enjoy when I'm craving something sweet!
Canned or homemade apple sauce is fine for this low calorie snack.Use whichever you prefer or have on hand.
Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over a cup of apple sauce for just under 200 calories. Cut out extra calories by enjoying just half a cup instead.
Throw in a handful of raisins for a small serving of dried fruit, if desired. Just be careful about how many you add. Dried fruit is full of nutrients, as well as calories.
Peanut Butter Crackers:
Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter onto 5 whole wheat crackers for a satisfying, protein-rich snack. Select crackers that are lower in sodium and that have some fiber content to make this even more filling.
This easy snack recipe is more cost effective than constantly buying packaged snacks all the time. It is also generally lower in calories, contains less sodium, and more nutritious.
Not a fan of peanut butter? Try another nut butter instead, such as cashew or almond butter. If you are allergic to nuts, top your crackers with thinly cut, low-fat cheese slices or hummus instead.
Hummus with Fresh Vegetables:
Dip baby carrots, celery, and cucumber slices in a few tablespoons of hummus. This is a good source of protein and way lower in calories than ranch dressing or dip!
Hummus comes in a wide variety of flavors. Choose from lemon flavored hummus to garlic or even a spicy variety. It is a great staple to keep on hand to prepare many easy snack recipes that are tasty and good for you!
Craving Mexican food, but want to avoid the sodium and calories? Try this easy, lower calorie version of my favorite easy Mexican recipe.
Fill a small, whole-wheat wrap with a handful of low or reduced fat shredded cheese. Add in chopped tomatoes, olive, jalapenos, or other vegetables if desired.
Fold the wrap in half. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until the cheese is melted all the way. Enjoy with a side of Salsa or hot sauce, if desired.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie:
Although smoothies are sometimes high in sugar and calories, they don't have to be. Make you own at home to ensure a low-calorie snack recipe.
Combine 1 cup of low-fat yogurt, 1 sliced banana, 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen), and a handful of ice. Blend until it reaches desired consistency.
For thicker smoothies, add a bit more yogurt. If it's too thick, add more ice or even pour in a little water or milk.
Use different types of fruit for more variety. Try pineapple, mango, and different types of berries. Even throw in a handful of fresh spinach leaves for extra nutrients, but little effect on the fruity flavor of your smoothie.
These easy snack recipes are high in nutritional value and low in calories. Keep snack time interesting by making variations to snack recipes that you frequently use, such as using different types of cheese, fruits or vegetables.
Eating some of these tasty treats between meals is a great way to increase your energy and improve your concentration throughout the day.
Linda Newell of Recipes-For-Vegetarians.com is a member of the Vegetarian Resource Group and the North American Vegetarian Society. She shares information such as easy snack recipes
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