Low-Calorie Snacks for Every Craving
Between-meal bites don’t have to be boring (or bad for you). Here are 42 tasty options—for the car, the couch, and beyond.
The Optimal Snack Equation
Let’s face it: No nosh is perfect. But some come close. When choosing a snack, try to hit the nutritional targets below.
About 200 calories: This is enough to keep your metabolism humming, says Bethany Thayer, a registered dietitian in Detroit.
At least 3 grams of fiber: Fiber is digested slowly and helps sustain your energy. It also absorbs water and expands in your stomach to keep you full.
At least 5 grams of protein: “Protein releases a hormone in the body that increases satiety,” says Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian in New York City.
No more than 12 grams of fat: This will help ensure that you don’t get more than 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories from fat, which is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommendation.
For even more healthy options, see 24 Nutritious (and Tasty) Snacks.
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So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.