Try these 10 healthy 100-calorie treats and stash
them in your desk drawer, fridge, and/or car --
wherever hunger pangs hit you. The best part: Most
will curb your appetite for hours because they're
high in filling fiber or satisfying protein.
1. Mid-Morning Fill-Up: Just
add hot water to a 100-calorie packet of McCann's
Instant Cinnamon Roll Irish Oatmeal (try the non-sweetened
if available). No doughnut guilt and there's a bonus:
3 grams of filling, cholesterol-fighting oat: fiber.
2. Peanut Butter Crackers: Make
sandwiches out of 6 All Bran Multi-Grain Crackers
(45 deliciously crunchy calories) and 1:½ teaspoons
peanut butter (45 smooth calories). You'll get about
2 grams of fiber and a little healthy fat.
3. Apple Mousse: Mix a cup of
unsweetened applesauce (50 calories) with 3 tablespoons
of fat-free nondairy topping (45 calories), and
:¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Make a batch at a time
and refrigerate in portable snack cups. Supplies
20% of your daily vitamin C and counts as 1 serving
of fruit. Sweet.
4. Veggies and Dip: Flavor up
ready-to-eat veggies from the produce section --
which have almost no calories: -- with a dip: 2
tablespoons of hummus (60 calories) or light ranch
dressing (80 calories). For the veggies, think broccoli
and cauliflower florets, baby carrots, snap peas,
pepper strips, baby squash -- all of them filled
with fiber, vitamins, and protective phytonutrients.
5. Cafe Mocha: Stir a packet
of Swiss Miss No-Sugar-Added Hot Chocolate mix (60
calories) into hot coffee for an instant afternoon
pick-me-up that only tastes decadent. It
actually delivers 30% of your calcium, 6% of your
iron, and even a gram of fiber. Add a splash of
milk for more goodness. Compare that to 200 calories
for the smallest Caffe Mocha at Starbucks (2% milk,
no whip),: with 6g of fat.
6. Mexican Potato: Microwave
a medium potato and slice in half (80 calories).
Save one piece for tomorrow. Mash the other half
inside the potato skin and top it with 2 tablespoons
of salsa (10 calories). Eat the whole thing, skin
too. Warm-spicy-satisfying and 2 grams
each of protein and fiber, some vitamin C, plus
a little iron.
7. Finger Food: Munch edamame
like nuts: :½ cup of these quick-cooked frozen soybeans
(about 95 calories) makes a great nibble, which
is why they're a staple at hip bars -- which probably
don't care that they're serving you 8 grams of protein,
4g of fiber, and lots of minerals.
8. Snack on a Mini-Meal: When
you're starving but trying to hold back,
try this: Wrap a Morningstar Farms Vegan Burger
(100 calories), a tomato slice, hamburger pickles,
and a little mustard or ketchup in lettuce leaves
instead of bread. The 10g of protein will keep you
filled till it's really mealtime.
9. Happy Hour Combo: Mix 1/2 cup
of tomato juice (22 calories) with :½ tsp Worcestershire
sauce, 2 drops of Tabasco sauce, and a dash of lemon
juice. Serve over ice with a celery stick and about
a dozen dry roasted peanuts (about 60 calories).
Have a second "drink" if you like -- no biggie!
10. Healthy Confetti Crisps:
If chips are your downfall, make a batch of these
RealAge: crisps and divide into 6 portions (95 calories
each). Much through a bag while sipping your club
soda and lime. If you remember to, enjoy the good
fat from the olive oil and the fiber and vitamins
in the veggies -- though these taste so good you
may forget they're healthy.
REALAGE CONFETTI CRISPS
6 servings, 95 calories each
2 Tbsps. olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 cup each of peeled and thinly sliced purple potatoes,
carrots, and parsnips
Mix the oil and seasonings together, add the vegetables,
and: toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer on
a baking sheet lightly sprayed with olive oil. Bake
at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until crisp
and golden brown.
If being able to easily button your tightest jeans
isn't incentive enough not to double up on 100-calorie
snacks -- their one temptation, we know -- try this:
Steadily maintaining a desirable weight can make
6 years younger.