Reading the labels on packaged snack foods can be an eye opener. Who knew that a wholesome sounding granola bar had that much fat and sugar? Chips are loaded with salt and fat, and some cookies even have transfats. The price is another issue. Do we really want to pay nearly five dollars for a package of cookies? What do you do when you want a nice little snack that you, or the whole family, can just grab? We have some ideas for you!
The first things that comes to mind as a healthy, low calorie snack are raw vegetables. Carrot and celery sticks are what a Calorie Counter thinks of before anything else because of the low calories and satisfying crunch. Fruit is a good idea too, and 2 to 3 servings are recommended by the USDA for a healthy diet, but overdoing it on fruit can add calories and sugar too.
Nuts are a great snack, and provide essential fats needed for good nutrition, but portions need to be small because of the high calorie content. Don't forget popcorn! A big cup of air popped corn has only 31 calories and the benefits of a whole grain. Yogurt is a good choice too, but requires refrigeration, making it difficult to carry along.
All of these are good for us and make great snacks, but those are not the things we crave. Some delicious snacks, such as fruit dipped in yogurt, are messy and can't be packed in a bag for a road trip, hike, the pool, or the park. We want tasty, easy to eat snacks that are healthy too.
Calorie Count members are creative people who think for themselves to make tasty treats that won't pile on the pounds. This week we've compiled recipes for healthy snacks that you can make at home and have ready to go with you anywhere.
- Homemade Pretzels - Use your bread machine to mix and raise the dough for these big, soft pretzels. They're not too difficult to make and you can form them into fun shapes if you like.
- Roasted Chickpeas - I know we've seen this recipe before, but these crunchy, nut-like chickpeas are a perfect snack. High in protein and fiber, they are good for you too.
- Corn Snacks - Add variety to your snacking with this unusual recipe which produces flat rounds of a cornbread-like soft cracker.