Smart DIY Snack Packs
It’s 10am, breakfast has come and gone and lunch is still miles away…
You’re tempted to grab a snack, but you think should just ‘tough it out’ and wait till lunch. Munching on a muffin would be an unhealthy choice, but a healthy snack is a powerful tool in losing weight and staying healthy. A smart snack between meals helps keep your blood glucose (sugar) steady, keeps your energy up and prevents overeating at lunch or dinner.
The keys to smart snacking are preparation and portion control. We’ve listed some easy-peasy ideas for delicious DIY snack packs. These snacks are around 100 calories each and fit into anyone’s daily food plan. So grab some plastic baggies and let’s pack a snack!
In a plastic baggy, choose one of the following:
- 1.5 oz. mixed dried fruit = 104 cals.
- 6 almonds – 42 cals. and one large Medjool date -66 cals. = 108 total cals.
- 2 tbsp. hummus – 47 cals. with 3 Ritz crackers – 48 cals. = 95 total cals.
In a container, choose one of the following:
- 1 cup of grapes = 104 cals.
- 1/2 cup no-fat Greek yoghurt – 67 cals. with 1 tbsp. honey – 16 cals. = 83 total cals.
- 1/2 cup fat-free yoghurt – 69 cals. and 1/2 cup blueberries – 31 cals. = 100 total cals.
- 5 Triscuits (baked whole wheat, reduced fat) – 54 cals. with 4 to 5 cherry tomatoes – 10 cals., 5 baby carrots – 18 cals., 4-5 small celery sticks – 3 cals. with 2 tbsp. fat-free ranch – 34 cals. = 119 total cals.
Just throw one in your purse:
- 1 medium apple – 95 cals.
- 1 small banana – 90 cals.
- 1 large orange – 86 cals.
- 1 Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Fruit & Nut Bar – 140 cals.
- 1 Luna Protein Sports Bar, Chocolate Cherry Almond – 180 cals.
Do you have a favorite go-to snack that you can grab and go with? Tell us about it… we are always looking for new ideas!
From: Wendy Post, CK Staff