Food & Diet
10 Healthy Low-Cal Homemade Snacks
Sometimes it is just so hard to think of a healthy snack, especially if you wait to get hungry and then think about what you are going to snack on. That is when you turn to unhealthy sugary foods, and that is why it is important to plan ahead. A perfect snack should be low in calories, high in protein and fiber; a snack that will give you energy but not the extra pounds. When you are making homemade snacks, you should make them with healthy, nutritious and low-calorie ingredients, and you will always be ready when hunger strikes, while your waist will stay (or become) slim. The ingredients that you should always have close by, ready for the preparation of snacks, are fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, nuts, and dark chocolate. Here are 10 healthy low-cal homemade snacks that will be easy to make and delicious to eat.
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Packed with vitamin C and containing less than 100 calories, this snack is healthy, nutritious and easy on your stomach and waist. You will need only 4 ingredients – strawberries, orange juice, non-fat yogurt and sugar/sweetener. It will only take you 15 minutes to prepare this delicious treat after which you will need to leave it in the freezer for two and a half hours. Here’s the recipe.
You can cut the pineapple into ¼ inch rounds and then grill them on a grill pan or outside on a real grill. You will need around 2 minutes until this simple deliciousness is ready – you will know they are done when their color becomes golden.
Oatmeal with Berries
Cook around 100ml of milk until it is close to boiling point. Then you can add a teaspoon of honey or a couple of tablets or sachets of stevia (it is up to your taste), and 2 tablespoons of oat bran. Mix this until you get something that resembles pudding or grits and finally add some berries on top. You can mix the berries in, or eat them from the top, either way it will be great.
Take one banana, and a little more than half a cup of milk. If you have a blender, than mix everything together until smooth. In case you don’t, you can do it with a fork. Squish the banana and then mix it like you do when you’re making an omelet. Then add milk to the mixture, and mix it once again until you get a homogenous mass. If you want some additional taste, take one cube of dark chocolate and put half of it into your smoothie. It doesn’t seem much, but this small amount of chocolate will make a difference (but not on your waist).
Take one banana (or more if you are making this for more people), slice it thinly into rounds and dip it into lemon juice. Then put the rounds onto baking paper and bake it in the oven. Here is how.
Guacamole Stuffed Egg Whites
This is a very simple and very nutritious snack, packed with protein and low in calories. Cook eggs until they are hardboiled and then peel them, cut them in halves and take the yolk out. Then fill the empty spaces in the egg whites with guacamole, which you will make with avocado, lime, cilantro and salt.
This is a low-calorie, sweet version of the famous tomato salsa regularly served on baked tortilla chips. You will only need 20 minutes to make this, and then you can let it make your taste buds happy. Here is the recipe for this easy snack.
This exists? Yes, you can eat your eggs this way too. These hard-boiled eggs are a snack high in protein, but sour and refreshing, and surprisingly light. Here is how you can make this healthy low-cal treat in only 20 minutes (remember to leave them to rest for a day).
Perfect for hot summer days, cucumber salad is also very easy to make and it takes only a couple of minutes. There are many versions of this wonderful salad. Our favorite is made like this: You slice one large cucumber into rounds, add 2 tablespoons of sour cream (or thick yogurt), put some salt over it, and voila! A quick and easy snack that will refresh you, keep your hunger at bay and provide you with a good amount of protein and fiber.
This may be the easiest-to-make snack. You simply need to peel a carrot, and slice it into sticks. Nothing else. Low in calories, tasty, and it will help you not reach out for sugary foods when hunger strikes between meals.