When you are keeping up regular Sleek workouts you will be burning both fat and energy and will need snacks to keep you energised. We have come up with 10 healthy snacks under 200 calories to stave off hunger in between meals while keeping your energy and fat-burning metabolism revved up. Below you will find a selection of both store-bought and make-your-own snacks filled with good-for-you nutrients that will ensure your daily diet is satisfying and delicious. If you are still hungry for more? Get even more tasty, nutritious snack ideas with these delicious ideas for summertime.
1) Half an Apple with 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter
This snack is filling thanks to the fibre in the apple and protein and fat in the peanut butter. It is also very healthy with plenty of vitamins and minerals. Be sure to choose a natural peanut butter that does not include hydrogenated oil, which is harmful. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can substitute another type of nut butter, such as almond, cashew or sunflower seed. Total calories: 157
2) Greek Yogurt with Berries and Honey
Sweet, creamy, and filling, this trio feels completely indulgent, and it is so simple to make. Combine a single-serving container of 0% Greek yogurt (170 g), a 1/2 cup of berries and 2 tsp. of honey. This snack is packed with fibre, protein and lots of antioxidants and vitamin C, which will increase your body’s ability to burn fat and give you renewed energy to get past that 3 PM slump. Total calories: 185
3) KIND Healthy Grains Bar
The amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat and gluten-free oats in these KIND bars provide you with one-third of your daily whole grain needs. Apart from lowering your cholesterol, research in the Journal of Nutrition suggests a diet rich in whole grains can help you burn fat. We enjoy the Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt bar, which is delicious and contains only 5 g of sugar. It’s a healthy indulgence that will hit the sweet spot.Total calories: 200
If you feel you need to be taking on extra protein in your snacks then here is a selection of our favorite protein rich snack bars.
4) Grapes and Walnuts
No matter how much you love grapes and walnuts, there are only so many you can eat. That’s because grapes are super sweet and walnuts are filling. One cup, or 92 g, of grapes has 62 calories, and a 1/8 cup of walnuts has 90 calories. Together they are a powerful combination of natural sugars, fibre, healthy fats, and protein – all of which make for more long-lasting energy. Be careful to portion out your walnuts, since they are calorie-dense, and it is easy to get carried away if you grab the whole bag! Total calories: 152
5) Wheat Crackers and 2% Cottage Cheese
A half-cup/105 g serving of 2% cottage cheese contains a whopping 12 g of protein (one-quarter of your recommended daily intake) and just 88 calories. Choose 7-8 whole-grain crackers such as Wheat Thins Multigrain, which contain approximately 65 calories. Spread the cream cheese on the crackers and add a dash of salt and pepper for a snack that is sure to keep your stomach full until your next mealtime. Total calories: 153.
Popcorn is one of the best low-calorie snacks to munch on, as long as you don’t go crazy with adding lots of additional butter. About 3 and 1/2 cups (28 g) of it provides 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Popcorn also contains polyphenols, which are linked to a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. Besides all of the health benefits, popcorn’s crunch factor and its ability to fill your belly for few calories make it a satisfying snack. You can pop your own at home or buy a bag or two to keep on hand for sudden snack cravings. Brands like Skinny Pop or Boom Chicka Pop are good choices. Total calories: 110
7) English Muffin Mini Pizza
Have a craving for some pizza, but you don’t want to go overboard with calories? This mini English muffin pizza is just the trick. Lightly toast half of a whole grain English muffin, top with a tomato slice or 1 tbls of jarred marinara sauce and a slice of low-fat mozzarella cheese for a filling, delicious and well-rounded snack that offers fibre, fat, carbohydrate, protein and a boost of lycopene from the tomato. This snack can easily be turned into a meal if you make two, and the best part is the kids are sure to enjoy it too. Total calories: 161
8) Two Large Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with protein, disease-fighting carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, and choline, which improves brain development and memory. Two hard-boiled eggs provide you with 12 grams of protein and will keep you feeling full. If you can, purchase eggs labelled as “pasture raised” rather than “cage free” or “free range”. Cage free only means that the hens don’t live in cages, and free range means they were given free access to an outdoor space during the production process, but not that they ever went outside. Not only are the pasture raised eggs more delicious, they also are nutritionally superior. Total calories: 155
9) Egg and Guacamole Toast
While we’re discussing eggs, we can’t forget about how delicious they are when served with guacamole and toasted whole grain bread. Top one thin slice of rye (or another whole-grain bread) with 1 tbls of guacamole and 1 egg. The guacamole contains 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a very nutrient dense food. Just make sure to stick with one tablespoon as it is also a calorie-dense food. The rye bread is a good source of manganese, dietary fiber, phosphorus, copper, pantothenic acid and magnesium. If you are frying rather than hard boiling the egg be sure you don’t use more than a tsp. of butter or oil, which will add an additional 34 calories. This is another snack that can easily become a meal if you make two. Total calories: 193
10) 8 oz. of 2% Chocolate Milk
This may not be the healthiest option on this list, but it hits the spot when you are craving something sweet with chocolate. The milk will provide you with a healthy dose of protein, calcium and potassium. Total calories: 193
We’d love to hear what you enjoy snacking on when you’re feeling hungry. Leave us a comment telling us about your favourite snack!