Don’t get caught in front of the vending machine again. Pack these healthy snacks (each less than 200 calories) to keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the work day.

Cucumber-Feta Bites

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Cucumbers are a wonderful alternative to crackers during snack time. For Cucumber-Feta Bites, we top them off with a little cream cheese, nonfat Greek yogurt, feta cheese, and walnuts for a protein-packed crunch.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt 

2 teaspoons 1/3-less-fat cream cheese 

1 tablespoon feta 

1 small cucumber, halved lengthwise and seeded 

2 teaspoons walnuts 

 

Preparation:

Mix yogurt, cream cheese, and feta. Spoon into cucumber; top with walnuts.

Note: MyRecipes is working with Let’s Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA’s MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates

 

Salsa Guac and Pita Chips

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Combine salsa and a fresh avocado together to make a quick and easy guacamole, or add 1 tablespoon of salsa to 1½  prepared guacamole to give it an extra punch of flavor.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon fresh salsa $

1 1/2 tablespoons prepared guacamole

10 whole-grain pita chips (such as Stacy’s)

 

Preparation:

Stir salsa into guacamole. Enjoy with pita chips.

 

Egg with a Kick

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Make a batch of hardboiled eggs on Sunday to have on hand throughout the week.  Slice the egg in half and drizzle ½ teaspoon of Sriracha for a spicy 80-calorie snack

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon Sriracha

1 hard-cooked egg 

 

Preparation:

Drizzle Sriracha over hard-cooked large egg.

 

Rosemary Roasted Almonds

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Portion size matters, especially with some nutrient-rich, yet calorically dense snacks, such as almonds. Research has shown snackers will eat more if a larger portion is offered to them, so don’t plop down on the sofa with a bag of snacks and tell yourself you’ll stop at just a few. Measure out a serving, and enjoy.

Smart Homemade Snack: Almonds roasted with oil and spices (111 calories)

Benefits: Studies have shown that consuming small amounts of nuts regularly has been linked to reduced risk of heart disease. Plus antioxidants contained in the skin of whole almonds may play a role in reducing oxidative stress as well as LDL cholesterol.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 

1 teaspoon chile powder

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Dash of ground red pepper

1 (10-ounce) bag whole almonds (about 2 cups)

 

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Arrange nut mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake at 325° for 20 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool to room temperature.

 

Popcorn

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Snack packs are big business. But not all 100-calorie treats are nutritional powerhouses. If you want something that satisfies, saves money, and offers a nutritional boost, make your own pre-portioned snacks. Here are a few of our dieticians’ top suggestions.

100-Calorie Snack: 3½ cups 94% fat-free microwaveable popcorn

Benefits: Popcorn has a lot of bulk for its calories, so it helps fill you up. Plus, 3½ cups contains one of your three recommended daily servings of whole grains.

 

 

recipes by cookinglight.com

 

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