5 Healthy 200-Calorie Snacks
Fueling your body for physical activity is absolutely vital for performance. When it comes to making that afternoon snack decision, we normally develop certain habits, and turn to “boring,” less balanced options including protein/granola bars. Guess what? Your snacks do not have to be boring. They can be filling, delicious and balanced. This meal can help you satiate your hunger and hold you off so you do not over-eat during dinnertime. Check out these amazing snack ideas, incorporate them into your daily meal plan this week and let us know how you feel!
Whole Wheat Salmon Toast
We are absolutely in love with this "healthier option" to our favorite nova salmon bagel recipe. It is so simple, easy and filling that we could have this every day. It is jam packed with healthy fats, carbohydrates, protein and dairy for a balanced meal, and it can be prepared in just minutes!
- 1 Serving Vita Classic Nova Salmon(2oz): 100 calories
- 1 Slice Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Toast: 60-80 calories
- 1Tbsp Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese: 15 calories
- 1 Lettuce Leaf: 1 calories
- 2 Tomato Slices: 10 calories
- Thin Sliced Onion: 2 calories
- 1/2 Tbsp Capers: 2 calories
Total Calories: 200
Directions: Toast bread, spread cream cheese on toast, add salmon, top with tomatoes, onions, capers and lettuce. Enjoy!
Brown Rice Cakes with PB2 and Cocoa
If you have not yet tried the revolutionary peanut butter alternative PB2, you’re officially missing out. Whereas regular peanut butter has an average of 180 calories for 2 Tbsp, PB2, made from removing the oils from the peanut has 45 calories per 2Tbsp serving.
- 2 Lundberg Farms Brown Rice Cakes: 120 calories
- 2 Tbsp PB2: 45 calories
- 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (optional): 5 calories
- 1/2 Tbsp Agave: 30 calories
Total Calories: 200
Directions: Add water or almond milk to PB2 to prepare, sprinkle cocoa powder for added chocolate flavor if desired, spread on both rice cakes, Drizzle Agave on top
Greek Yogurt with Berries and Granola
Yogurt with cereal is already a go-to for most people. Switch it up with some Greek yogurt for added protein, some berries for antioxidants, and low-fat granola for energy and you are good to go! This is a balanced snack composed of dairy, carbohydrates and fruit.
- Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt: 80 Calories
- 1 Cup Mixed Berries: 70 Calories
- 1/4 Cup Kashi Vanilla Pepita: 55 Calories
Total Calories: 205
Directions: If berries are frozen, thaw by putting a few seconds in the microwave or planning ahead. Place yogurt on top of the berries and sprinkle granola on top. Enjoy!
Air Popped Popcorn with Unsweetened Cocoa
Are you having a movie night and craving something sweet? Well, if there is one thing we understand is a sweet tooth and the importance of satisfying it. Plain, air popped popcorn is a healthy alternative to buttered, packaged popcorn. Try out this recipe and swap out that butter and fat for some cocoa powder form some added chocolate flavor.
- 4 Cups 365 Organic Popcorn (Popped & Plain): 120 Calories
- 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: 20 Calories
- 1 Tbsp Agave: 60 Calories
Total Calories: 200
Directions: Follow direct instruction on 365 Organic Popcorn on how to prepare in Microwave. Once popped, place in large bowl. Introduce cocoa powder, and mix. Then drizzle agave and enjoy!
Tzatziki Sauce & Cucumber
A twist to your regular veggies and hummus, this tasty snack gives you variety without jeopardizing your waistline. Tzatziki sauce is made from diluted yogurt and mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil and sometimes vinegar or lemon. It is served cold and is a great way to get your serving of dairy in.
- 4 Tbsp Tzatziki Sauce: 100 Calories
- 2 Cup Sliced Cucumber: 30 Calories
Total Calories: 130
Directions: Slice cucumber. Dip Cucumber into Tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!
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