Being on a diet isn’t usually fun. The word “diet” connotes control and minimal food, neither of which most people like. However, you’re not tied to three square meals when you’re on a diet. In fact, the diet industry has created a variety of snack products for you to enjoy that won’t break your diet. Why not eat snacks and lose weight?
1. My favorite diet snack food is Klondike’s Slim-A-Bear french vanilla and English toffee ice cream bars. These 100-calorie treats are satisfying, and the toffee flavor is particularly flavorful. This product is newer, so if your grocer doesn’t have it yet, just ask. It usually retails around $3.50 for a box of eight, although often times they’re on sale when the other Klondike products are marked down.
2. 100-calorie packs are great for dieters. Several companies make these diet snack packs, which make portion size easy when it comes to cookies, chips, crackers and candy. The best snack packs I’ve had are the Hostess muffins, Cheez-Its, Ritz snack mixes and Chips Ahoy cookies. These products aren’t always as satisfying as the real thing, but they will satisfy you if you prefer quantity to the original. You also have to be careful not to eat too many of these, so limit yourself to one a day.
3. Mini carrots are a dieter’s dream. They’re low in calories and high in nutrients. But you don’t have to eat them plain! Go to your local grocery store and look for mini cups of low-calorie salad dressing or hummus. Just make sure that the single-servings that you buy aren’t more than 200 calories. You also can portion out a favorite dip in a small Gladware container and bring it to work or school, but make sure to measure it first.
4. If you’re on the go and can only stop at the drive-through, you’re in luck. Many fast food restaurants have a few healthier snack options for you to enjoy. At McDonald’s, you can get a bag of sliced apples and a side of low-fat caramel dip for $1 and only 100 calories, or a vanilla cone for $.99 and 150 calories. Wendy’s sells a large bowl of mandarin oranges that’s also a good snack. If you find that’s not enough, order a small Diet Coke or a light Minute Maid Lemonade, which is only 5 calories.
5. Fruit often is overlooked as a great diet snack food, but if you get something in season, it will open your eyes to the real taste of the fruit. Pick up blueberries, raspberries and strawberries over the summer. Save apples for the fall, and try peaches in mid-August. If you want a special treat, peel the fruit if necessary, sprinkle Splenda on top and microwave it until it becomes hot and mushy. It’s like pie filling without the calories!
6. Chewy granola bars aren’t just for kids. There are many flavors available in their 90-calorie bars. I highly recommend the chocolate chip cherry flavor, because it reminds me of a similar cookie recipe that I make sometimes. You can pop one of these bars in your backpack or purse so that you’ve got a healthy snack that’s ready to go no matter what.
7. If you get hungry at the deli counter, stay away from the samples tray. Instead, get a large pickle from the barrel. The calorie cost is usually under 50 calories per giant pickle, and pickles will quench your thirst, too. Often times people think they are hungry, but they’re actually thirsty. Why not feed both needs? Sometimes you can get these pickles in a big glass jar, which doesn’t cost much if you buy it from a major retailer like Costco or Wal-Mart.
8. If your snack needs to be more like a meal, visit the frozen section. Amy’s makes great vegetarian fare, and her Mexican tamale pie is only 150 calories per serving. You’ll be able to get protein, vegetables and carbs all in one meal, which should hold you until your next meal.
9. The trainers on The Biggest Loser often recommend picking up sugar-free pre-made Jello pudding or gelatin and topping it with 20 calories of whipped cream. The cream will make the dessert taste rich, and it’s satisfying as long as you savor it. If you already pack your kids’s lunch, you can toss a few puddings in there too, and they can benefit from the low-calorie cost.
10. If you’re settling down for movie night while on a diet, you don’t have to give up your popcorn. Just buy a 100-calorie pack from the supermarket and pop it in the microwave. Enjoy it with water, seltzer, soda or unsweetened tea.
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