A bag of chips, ice creams or burgers as snacks can give you a high count of calories. According to a registered dietitian and personal trainer based in Salt Lake City, a true snack is only about 150 to 200 calories. Here are several of her healthful snack suggestions that fit the bill.
- A cup of high-fiber cereal (like Kashi Heart to Heart) and a small handful of pumpkin seeds.
- One ounce of nuts, which is about 24 almonds or 15 walnuts.
- One cup of bran flakes with half a cup of chocolate milk.
- One handful of red grapes.
- Skinny Cow brand ice cream treat.
- Whole-wheat toast-be sure it's 100 percent whole-wheat-with a bit of peanut butter.
- One stick of string cheese with a piece of fruit.
- One whole-wheat tortilla with a few spoonfuls of canned black beans.
- One serving of Greek yogurt with a handful berries.
- Any fruit or vegetable.
Nuts are nutrient-packed but calorie-dense, so limit consumption to one or two handfuls a day.
Freeze them for five minutes to make them sweet and crisp.
For more protein, also eat a serving of nuts, sliced turkey, or a low-fat yogurt with less than 20 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving.