One way to keep your calorie intake under control is to eat like you normally would and then add two or three healthy snacks during the day to give you those extra 200 to 300 calories. Nutritionist Jayanti Ghate gave us a bunch of easy ideas for sensible and nutritious things to munch on. Here are her favorites:
Apple slices with cheese: This is such a mouth-watering combo! Cut a medium sized apple into wedges and top it with sliced cheese. Have a slice of cheese with each apple wedge (about 120 calories
Tomato, mozarella, and basil: Jayanti loves a Caprese salad and this small version of it makes a very satisfying snack. Cut a medium tomato into pieces, combine it with 1 ounce of diced fresh mozarella cheese, add some fresh basil, and drizzle it with just a dash of red vineabout 100 calories)
Yogurt with berries: This is one of our all time favorite. Combine 1/2 cup of fat-free yogurt with 1/2 a cup of fresh strawberries or blueberries (Use sliced grapes as alternatives). Sprinkle it with a little cinnamon for added flavor (about 120 calories)
Medium apple with 2 teaspoons of almond butter or peanut butter: Sweet, crunchy, and satisfying! This is another favorite of Jayanti, and very easy to prepare. Peanut butter is a winner. It goes with so much, is a source of protein, and is always delicious. Just keep the amount of peanut butter you me in check, because it is very calorie dense (about 175 calories).
Baby carrots and hummus: Grab a handful of organic baby carrots and dip them in 2 tablespoons of hummus. People often use hummus as an excuse to eat chips. Don’t do it. Try carrots instead. They are a great dipping food and go really well with hummus (about 100 calories)
Hard-boiled Egg with a sprinkle of sea salt: This is a great source of quality protein, so it’s very satisfying, and it takes care of that salt craving, too. Put the eggs in a pot with enough water to cover them, bring the water to a boil, and then immediately turn off the heat. Let them sit, covered, for exactly 12 minutes (About 90 calories)