Slimming Down With Healthful Snacks

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I usually equate popcorn with moviegoing and butter and salt, so I forget how healthy it is. 

Popcorn

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However, homemade or ready-to-eat popcorn can be a filling snack with low calories.

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1 cup baby carrots (or other fresh veggies) with 2 tablespoons dip/dressing Carrots, sugar snap peas, and bell peppers replace chips with their crunch. 

Veggies With Dip

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Studies demonstrate that combining fresh veggies with a fat-based sauce or dip like hummus increases carotenoids and other antioxidant absorption.

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Cheese and red or green table grapes make a tasty snack. Fruity, tart grapes are antioxidant-rich and low in calories. 

Grapes

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A cup of low-fat cheese provides 100 calories and a high protein-to-calorie ratio.

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Classic snacks like cheese and crackers can keep you on track. Avoid eating a plate of crackers and several ounces of cheese. 

Cheese and Crackers

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An ounce of low-fat cheese has 6 grams of protein and lots of calcium. Pair cheese with whole wheat crackers or crispbread for fiber and protein.

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