Mid-meal cravings are the biggest culprits of weight gain. No matter how healthy your meal has been, these cravings always shoot up your calorie count. Especially, during the evenings (when these cravings are at their peak), you tend to binge on unhealthy snacks. Potato chips, French fries, burgers and pastries are just a few of them. Well, we bring to you some great snack options, which are not only tasty, but low on calories as well.
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Banana and strawberry smoothie
- Strawberries (1/2 cup)
- Banana (1)
- Low-fat yoghurt or skimmed milk (1/2 cup)
Blend the ingredients in a blender till the time it is frothy. It is an excellent low-calorie snack and a great way of eating two fruits rich in potassium, which helps in lowering blood pressure. Milk in the smoothie is a storehouse of calcium. So, do not skip the benefits you can churn out of this tummy-filling yummy smoothie.
Cheese and grapes
- Grapes (10-12)
- Low-fat cheese (2-3 tablespoons)
Grapes are rich in resveratrol (an antioxidant) that help in preventing cancer and heart diseases. And, cheese adds protien. So, eating grapes with low-fat cheese is a great option. "Adding protein makes a snack more filling than eating fruit alone," suggests Hillary Wright, MEd, RD. All you have to do is mix and eat them. You can also place cheese cubes and grapes in skewers and serve them as starters.
Baked sweet potato
- Sweet potatoes (2-3)
- Cinnamon (1/4 teaspoon)
Take medium-sized sweet potatoes and use a fork to poke holes on them. Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees. Bake them for 40-45 minutes. Now, cut them vertically into two parts or in the form of fries. Now, sprinkle some cinnamon powder on them. Because of its higher fibre and water content, this is quite a filling snack. It can satisfy your mid-meal cravings, thus preventing you from piling on calories. It is a great substitute to high-calorie potato wedges.
- Yoghurt (1 cup)
- Berries (4-5)
- Walnuts (4-5)
- Almonds (4-5)
- Honey (1-2 tablespoon)
Try eating nuts with a twist. Add them in bowl of yoghurt, and throw in a few berries too. Remember, a handful of nuts are a storehouse of heart-friendly omega-3 fatty acids. Moreover, yoghurt being a milk product is rich in calcium and is certainly good for bones. To sweeten the yoghurt, you can add honey (instead of sugar) in your nutty yoghurt preparation.
Peanut butter on a banana
- Banana ( 2)
- Peanut butter (1-2 tablespoons)
- Yoghurt (1-2 tablespoons)
Here is a perfect way of making the most out of those overripe bananas. Peel a banana and mash it in a bowl with peanut butter and low-fat yoghurt. Now, cut a banana into round slices. Now, spread this mixture between two banana slices and freeze them for some time. Substitute this snack with ice-cream.
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