4 Easy Snacks to Satisfy Any Craving
Snacking can either make or break your weight loss efforts. Eat too many of anything and you run the risk of gobbling down too many Points®. Go without, and you’ll be ravenous by your next meal. Next time you’re battling between-meal hunger, reach for one of these snacks. Whether you’re craving something sweet, salty, crunchy or savory these bites have got you covered – for 5 points (or less!).
Craving something sweet?
Snack on: Dole Dippers
A rich, chocolate-y, serving size controlled snack may sound too good to be true, but this one’s for real. These chocolate-dipped frozen fruit slices are designed to satisfy your sweet tooth without a heap of calories. They’re made from real bananas, pineapple, or strawberries and drenched in a 67 percent cacao dark chocolate coating. However, if you’re more of a milk chocolate type, there’s also a milk chocolate-covered banana variety. And because they’re packaged in single-servings, you’ll know exactly when to say when.
SmartPoints: 3 to 5
Craving something savory?
Snack on: A corn tortilla with mashed beans and avocado
This snack provides a long-lasting combo of slowly-digested fiber, protein, and healthy fat. And this savory nibble delivers all three. Simply mash ¼ cup black beans, then spread them on a 6-inch corn tortilla, and top with 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado and salsa to taste. You’ll net 5 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, plus heart-friendly monounsaturated fat. This can also make a mean breakfast.
Craving something salty?
Snack on: Tahini deviled eggs
Just because you’re hankering for something salty doesn’t mean you have to overload on sodium. The trick? Top an otherwise low-sodium snack with a light sprinkle of salt. You’ll get a quick pop of salty flavor, yet surprisingly little sodium. Try it in these tahini deviled eggs. Simply split a hard-boiled egg in half, scoop out and mash the yolk, and mix it with 2 teaspoons of tahini. Then spoon the yolk-tahini filling into the egg white halves and dusk with a whisper of sea salt and paprika for a protein-packed salty tasting snack with less than 10 percent of your daily sodium cap.
Craving something crunchy?
Snack on: Jolly Time Popcorn
When you need something to crunch on, popcorn delivers a serious advantage over pretzels or chips. Why? Even though most of us think of popcorn as a snack food, it’s actually a whole grain. Not only is it jammed with filling fiber, a Journal of Nutrition study finds that it can even help you eat less later on at your next meal. So go ahead and stash a single-serving bag in your purse or desk drawer. You never know when you’ll need it.
SmartPoints: 3 for a single serving package