Monday, April 22, 2013

100 Healthy Snacks {Guest Post}

Hey guys! I am away from my computer this week (well, not really... but I AM working) and while I am gone, I have some AH-MAZING ladies stopping in to say hello. Now this first one you've met before. 



Hey Loves I'm Ashley the lady behind the blog Wannabe Green

I don't know about you, but I LOVE FOOD....but I like fitting in to my skinny jeans more!

With bathing suit season just around the corner, its time to start noticing what you put in your mouth. Not only can healthier food choices help you lose a few extra pounds, but also fit into that "itty bitty bikini" this summer. Changing the way you eat will allow you to live longer, feel better, and reduce the signs of aging, who doesn't want that. You can start off small with how you snack, here is a list of 100 healthy alternatives to junk food.

{1} Frozen Grapes (my kiddos favorite)
{2} String Cheeses
{3} Banana (medium size has a little more than 100 calories)
{4} Frozen Banana ( great for smoothies)
{5} Low-fat organic Yogurt
{6} Sugar-free or fat-free pudding
{7} Apple dipped in Peanut Butter (or spread peanut butter on top of apple slice and top with pecans)
{8} 100-calorie bag of popcorn (with no butter or salt)
{9} Applesauce
{10} Raw veggies with hummus (my new favorite!)
{11} Almonds ( Raw 1 oz is 170 calories)
{12} Apple
{13} Skinny S'more (two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark         chocolate)
{14} Smoked Beef Jerky (about 1 oz- look for low-sodium!)
{15} Chocolate Milk (2% with sugar-free syrup)
{16}  Hard Boiled Egg
{17} Sunflower Seeds
{18} Cottage Cheese
{19} Sliced Cantelope
{20} Raisins
{21} Pita Bread and Hummus
{22} Rice Cakes....Love!
{23} Sugar-free Jello
{24} Dried Fruits
{25} Frozen Yoplait Whips Yogurt (these seriously taste like ice cream when they are frozen!)
{26} Air-Popped Popcorn
{27} Pistachios
{28} Clementines 
{29} Fruit Smoothie 
{30} Handful of olives (5 olives is 45 calories)
{31} Pickles
{32} Handful of blueberries with 2 tablespoons fat-free Cool-Whip
{33} Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
{34} 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.
{35} Peanut Butter and Bananas on whole wheat bread
{36} Trail Mix (make your own! Throw in dried fruit, sunflower seeds, nuts, low-sugar cereals, and even the occasional piece of candy for something sweet.)
{37} Orange Slices
{38} Cherry Tomatoes
{39} Graham Crackers (2 whole crackers are 130 calories)
{40} Small Green Salad with light dressing
{41} Mango smoothie (frozen mango, mango Greek Yogurt, and a small amount of orange juice)
{42} Kabobs (thread low-fat meat, low-fat cheese, pineapple and cherry tomatoes onto a stick- my kids love anything on a stick!)
{43} Half of a  Cinnamon-Raisin topped with peanut butter and banana slices
{44} Grilled Pineapple (throw them on the grill or a skillet on med. heat for two minutes or until golden)
{45} Baked Apples (one tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender)
{46} Animal Crackers
{47} Strawberries dipped in fat-free Cool Whip
{48}  Low-fat tortilla topped with egg salad, shredded carrots and cucumber slices
{49} Parfait (build your own with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt, fruit, and granola) 
{50} Bowl of bran flakes with 1/2 cup skim milk and berries
{51} Guacamole with veggies
{52} Triscuit's Thin Crisps dipped in cottage cheese or hummus
{53} Cashews
{54} Pretzels
{55} Sun Chips (portion control! Read the serving amount on the side!)
{56} Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes: Two roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
{57} Sugar Snap Peas
{58} Steamed Veggies (steam non-starchy vegetables in a microwave safe bag and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese or 1/4 cup pasta sauce)
{59} Apricots
{60} Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges (35 calories a wedge)
{61} Any 100 calorie pack
{62} Snack/Granola bar (around 150 calories or less, like Kellogg's All-Bran, Kashi TLC Trail Mix, or Fiber one Bar)
{63} Baked chips (about 7-10) with salsa
{64} Soy Chips
{65} Protein Bar (I love Clif Bars)
{66} Sweet Potato Fries (one light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes)
{67} Wrap 
{68} Pumpkin Seeds (2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, sprayed with oil (just a spritz!) and baked at for 400° for 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle a tiny amount of salt on top)
{69} Bean Salad
{70} Broccoli Florets
{71} Peaches and Cottage Cheese
{72} Chopped Red Peppers (dipped in fat free ranch)
{73} V8 Vegetable Juice
{74} Tuna with Triscuit crackers
{75} Cooked and Cubed Chicken Breast
{76} Homemade Popsicles (puree watermelon, strawberries, mango, banana, etc and freeze in popsicle molds)
{77} Dates with almond butter or rolled in coconut
{78} Quesadilla (whole wheat (or corn) tortillas w/cheese (or not) melted in microwave - adding on tomatoes, beans, corn, olives, avocado or guacamole or whatever sounds good)
{79} Watermelon
{80} Cubed Apples and Cubed Cheese
{81} Craisins 
{82} Goldfish Crackers (55 are 150 calories)
{83} Edamame ( 1cup unshelled is 120 calories)
{84} Cheesy Roasted Asparagus (four spears (spritzed with olive-oil spray) and topped with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 400°)
{85} Turkey Roll-Ups (Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard)
{86} Strawberry Salad (1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic)
{87} Oatmeal
{88} Banana Smoothie (½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth)
{89} Lime Sherbet (1/2 cup serving) with sliced kiwi
{90} Apple Chips (dehydrated apples- they are so good!)
{91} Black Beans (mix 1/4 cup black beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt for an added twist!)
{92} Lettuce wrap (try chicken or tuna salad with light mayo)
{93} Pecans (try five pecans roasted with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
{94} Chocolate Covered Strawberries (dip 5 strawberries in 2 squares of dark chocolate- that is still good for you, right?!)
{95} Honeyed Yogurt (½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey)
{96} Blackberries (so good mixed with plain yogurt)
{97} Frozen Mangos
{98} Tropical Juice Smoothie (¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice)
{99} Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar (120 calories...if you need something sweet)
{100} Water (sometimes you are not hungry at all just thirsty

Do you have any healthy snack ideas that I didn't list?

Stay Healthy & Crafty,

 

2 comments:

Thanks for your sweet words!!

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