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
RELATED: Low SmartPoints snacks