Food Q&A: Fulfilling Snacks

How do I curb afternoon hunger without blowing PointsPlus® values?
Food Question Fulfilling Snacks

Need ideas for coping with restaurant buffets? Want some good snack ideas? In our Q&A series, nutritionist and food editor Leslie Fink, MS, RD, answers readers' questions about food, nutrition and weight loss.

Q: I get hungry every day between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. I am looking for snacks that will curb my hunger until I can get dinner on the table. What foods have the most staying power?

A: I have three words for you: Fat, protein and fiber. Fat and protein will provide the longest-lasting energy, while slow-to-digest fiber will keep you feeling fuller longer. You should also include some carbohydrates, which are a source of rapid energy.

Try some of these tasty snack options:

  • Low-fat vanilla yogurt topped with chopped fresh fruit and a spoonful of chopped peanuts.

  • Whole grain crackers and low-fat cheese.

  • Instant oatmeal mixed with a small amount of dried fruit bits and slivered almonds.

  • Peanut butter and jelly on light whole wheat bread.

  • Apple slices and peanut butter.

  • Crudités with hummus.

  • Half a turkey sandwich with low-fat mayonnaise.

  • A small handful of nuts and raisins.

  • A low-fat granola bar.

  • A cup of bean soup.
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