8 Delicious Low Calorie Snacks

09 Jan 2014

Bored of your carrot sticks already? It’s only the second week of January and your healthy diet is already boring you! Well don’t panic you can stick to your plan and stay on track with 8 new on the go snacks that will add variety to your mid morning or afternoon munch.  Don’t be shocked but all of these snacks come in under 130cals!

1. BLUEBERRIES AND 1TBSP FAT-FREE GREEK YOGHURT

Blueberries have the highest anti-oxidant capacity of any fresh fruit, they fight free radicals keeping you looking younger for longer, are low in calories and helps to reduce belly fat…in my eyes this little blue beauty is a treasure not to be ignored! Greek yoghurt is packed full of calcium keeping your bones strong, combined with blueberries they make a powerful little snack.

Per serving 100g blueberries and 1 tbsp. of Greek yoghurt – 102cal, 0g fat, 20g carbs, 54mg sodium, 2g fiber, 4.6g protein 

2. KALAMATA OLIVES

Are abundant in antioxidants and anti-cancer properties protecting against breast and colon cancer. Not to mention 75% of the fat in olives is the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind. Its meaty texture will stave off hunger keeping you satisfied for longer.

Per serving (10 olives) 90 cal, 8 g fat (1 g sat), 4 g carbs, 460 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein 

3. 1 CUP OF KALE CHIPS

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse when it comes to supporting eyesight. One cup contains 206 percent of your vitamin A needs in the form of beta-carotene, helping to protect the surface of the eye. Kale is also full of vitamins C and K, plus calcium and fiber. Forget potato chips and start munching on these bad boys

Per serving: 80 cal, 2 g protein, 5 g fat (0.5 g sat), 230 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

4. ¼ CUP DRIED CRANBERRIES

An excellent source of free-radical scavenging antioxidants like vitamins C and E, the berries may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Dried fruits are high in sugar, but hands down kicks candy and milk chocolate out of the equation in race to healthy living.

Per serving: 130 cal, 0 g protein, 0 g fat, 29 g sugar, 0 g sodium, 3 g fiber

5. FRUIT SALAD – 280g

Fresh fruit is low in calories, full of antioxidants and has plenty of soluble fibre.  Without a question you should be consuming lots of fresh fruit in your diet.

Per serving: 121 cal, 2g protein, 1g fat, 25g sugar, 0g sodium, 4g fiber

6. 3 SQUARES OF DARK CHOCOLATE

Dark chocolate is low in sugar and has a surplus of antioxidants that enhance blood flow, help to reduce your risk of stroke and can also reduce blood pressure. It’s rich taste means you can eat less of it to satisfy a cocoa craving.

Per serving: 110 cal, 3 g protein, 9 g fat (2.5 g sat), 6 g sugar, 0 sodium, 2 g fiber

7. 1 MEDIUM APPLE AND 5 ALMONDS

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Apples also stimulate the production of saliva, reducing tooth decay and naturally whiten your teeth.  Almonds are rich in fiber a healthy fats giving you glowing skin and luscious hair.

Per serving: 130cal, 1.5g protein, 2.5g fat, 2mg sodium,  4g fiber

8. 6oz BLUEBERRY CHIA POD

Dairy free, vegan, provides 100% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3 and 25% of fiber. This chia snack pack is just as portable as yogurt, made solely from chia seeds, coconut milk, and blueberries. Lees sugar and not processed like regular yoghurts, thus retaining its healthy benefits.

Per serving: 130 cal, 3 g protein, 10 g fat (5 g sat), 5 g sugar, 7 g fiber

Written by: Eshere Ward

@nikkisharp
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