Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Life Fit Chat with Laura Lewis: 10 Healthy 100-Calorie Snack Packs

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To snack or not to snack? I am a believer in eating several small meals a day, with small meaning 100-calorie snacks and 200-300 calorie meals. Of course, the nutritious density of the snack is of equal (or more) importance than the number of calories. So, before you grab the nifty little 100-calorie Oreo snack packs, check out these deliciously nutritious, low cal snack packs.

  1. Get your motor started each morning with a 100-calorie packet of McCann's Instant Cinnamon Irish Oatmeal. It smells so yummy, you will forget that it is good for you! And, you get 3 grams of cholesterol-fighting oat fiber.
  2. PB & C: Make little sandwiches with six All-Bran Multi-Grain Crackers and one and a half teaspoons of peanut butter. This grown-up version of the PB & J provides 2 grams of fiber, plus a healthy serving of the protein-packed legume--peanut butter--all in 90 calories.
  3. Apple Delight: Mix one cup of unsweetened applesauce with 3 tablespoons of fat-free Cool Whip (45 calories), and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. This yummy, 95-calorie treat provides 20% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
  4. "Chips" & Dip: Choose your favorite veggies and dip them in two tablespoons of hummus. The hummus has 60 calories and the calories in the veggies are so nominal the fiber, vitamins and phtyonutrients far outweigh the caloric content.
  5. Be your own barista: Stir a packet of Swiss Miss No Sugar Added Hot Chocolate mix into hot coffee for a late afternoon 60-calorie pick-me-up. This warm, comfort treat provides 30% of your calcium, 6% of your iron, and even a gram of fiber.
  6. Hot Potato-Hot-Potato: Bake one medium potato and slice in half. Dig out the "meat" of the potato and mash it with two tablespoon of salsa, and then put it back in its skin. This spicy, energizing treat only has 90 calories, but 2 grams each of protein and fiber, as well as vitamin C and iron.
  7. Bean Bite: Munch on 1/2 cup quick-cooked frozen soybeans, and get 8 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and lots of minerals in only 95 calories.
  8. The Healthy Happy Meal: Wrap a Morningstar Farms Vegan Burger, a tomato slice, sliced pickles, and a little mustard in lettuce leaves. This 100-calorie snacks provides 10 yummy grams of protein!
  9. Host you own happy hour: Mix 1/2 cup of tomato juice with 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 drops of Tabasco sauce, and a dash of lemon juice. Serve over ice with a celery stick. Snack on about dozen dry roasted peanuts, and you will be feeling happy in only 82 calories!
  10. Healthy Confetti Crisps: Keep a batch of these RealAge crisps on hand for a quick 95-calorie snack.
REALAGE CONFETTI CRISPS
6 servings, 95 calories each

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup each of peeled and thinly sliced purple potatoes, carrots, and parsnips

  • Mix the oil and seasonings together
  • Add the vegetables, and toss to coat
  • Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet lightly sprayed with olive oil.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
Maintaining a healthy weight can make your real age as much as six years younger!

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