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Women of St. James UMC

50 Healthy Snacks

Posted by Cindy Downes on August 4, 2007

50 Healthy Snack Ideas:

1. Cappuccino Caramel Whip– In a blender, combine 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt, a splash of fat-free milk, 1/4 t. instant espresso powder, and a dash of cinnamon. Top with a dollop of fat-free whipped topping and a tablespoon of fat-free caramel topping.

2. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries — Dip fresh strawberries in 1 tablespoon of lowfat chocolate syrup
Skinny Root Beer Float — Make a float with diet root beer and fat-free or lowfat ice cream.

3. Garlic & Feta Cheese Dip– In a food processor, combine 4 ounces each feta and cream cheese, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 clove garlic, and sprinkles of basil, oregano, dill and thyme to taste; mix well. Cover and chill; serve with vegetables and crackers.
Iced cafe au lait — Combine 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 cup coffee, sweeten with sugar substitute and pour over ice.

6. Berries ‘n cream– Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries, with 1/2 cup fat-free half and half or vanilla soy milk and 1/2 t. sugar (optional).

7. Sliced pear with 1 ounce of reduced fat cheddar cheese

8. Raspberry-Banana slush — 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 1/2 cup orange juice, few ice cubes

9. ‘Mini’ raspberry smoothie — In a blender, combine a carton of fat-free raspberry yogurt, 1/4 cup frozen raspberries, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 T. wheat germ.

10. Fat-free cottage cheese on toast– Add a little butter-flavored spray to the toast before the cottage cheese if desired. Also, try adding a few slices of tomato and some italian seasoning.

11. Baked tortilla chips with bean dip– Make sure to keep the portions reasonable

12. Caramel flavored rice cake– with a light spread of reduced fat peanut butter

13. Glass of Ovaltine, 1 graham cracker

14. One nectarine (make sure it’s ripe and juicy) and 5 pecan halves

15. Easy tostada:– Spread fat-free refried beans over a small corn tortilla, top with reduced-fat cheese; broil until heated through. Top with salsa and light sour cream.

16. Cool Peach Slushie– Blend together a carton of low-fat/fat-free peach (or plain) yogurt, a ripe, peeled peach and a couple ice cubes.

17. Mini-pita pockets stuffed with hummus and fresh spinach

18. Quick Queso Dip — Combine 1/4 cup salsa with 2 tablespoons light Velveeta cheese. Heat in microwave until cheese melts. Serve with baked tortilla chips

19. Six cups low-fat microwave popcorn

20. Whole wheat crackers stacked with lean ham, lowfat cheese and mustard

21. Fruit parfait– Layer a few strawberries, 1/2 sliced banana, light chocolate syrup and fat free whipping topping.

22. Broiled pita with feta and veggies– Slice open a whole wheat pita; broil until lightly browned. Add chopped tomatoes, cucumber and 1 T. reduced fat feta cheese; sprinkle with dried oregano. Heat just until cheese is softened.

23. 2 reduced fat Oreo cookies, 1/2 cup skim milk

24. Light nachos– melt about 1 ounce of reduced fat pepper jack cheese over just a handful of baked tortilla chips and dip in salsa (the key here is moderation!)

25. A can of V8 or vegetable juice

26. Celery with Peanut Butter and Raisins– To kids, this is known as ‘ants on a log’. To adults, it’s a filling, yet healthy (in moderation) and tasty treat. Spread a small amount of reduced fat peanut butter on a large celery stick, sprinkle on a few raisins and enjoy!

27. Fresh Bing Cherries & Almonds– Cherries make a great snack for many reasons – lowcal, taste great AND because of the pits, you’ll eat slower and feel satisfied sooner. For some protein, add a *small* handful of whole almonds.

28. Lettuce Turkey Rollups– roll a slice of turkey, tomato and cucumber slices, and a splash of balsamic vinegar up in a romaine lettuce leaf

29. Black bean dip– puree rinsed black beans, salsa and lime juice; serve with baked tortilla chips

30. Whole-grain waffle– spread with light cream cheese & topped with fresh fruit

31. Dried Cranberries & Peanuts (just a handful)

32. Kosher pickle spear wrapped in deli turkey slice

33. Chocolate soy milk and a lowfat graham cracker

34. Toasted cheese sandwich made with lowfat cheese

35. Handful of roasted soy nuts

36. Cold cereal (low sugar/high fiber) and lowfat milk

37. Mini pita bread — Stuffed with a mixture of grated or finely chopped vegetables (use what you have on hand -carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli, sprouts, etc.), light or fat-free cream cheese, and Mrs. Dash.

38. Cheese flavored rice or popcorn cakes

39. Whole wheat tortilla — spread with cream cheese, top with your choice of pineapple bits, banana slices, strawberries, raisins, sunflower seeds or nuts, then roll up

40. A cup of vegetable soup (low-sodium if you like)

41. Sliced apple dipped in 1 T. caramel sauce

42. Quick tuna salad on crackers–mix up small amount of water-packed tuna with a touch of light mayo, Mrs. Dash and maybe some celery and red peppers. Serve on a couple whole grain crackers.

43. 1 c. low-fat plain yogurt; 1/2 c. blueberries; 1 t. walnuts

44. Lowfat tortilla –Baked until crispy, cut into wedges, served with 1/4 cup salsa

45. 1 sliced tomato with about 1 ounce part-skim mozzarella–Try splashing with some balsamic vinegar for extra flavor

46. 1/2 cinnamon raisin english muffin, with 2 t. light cream cheese

47. 1 hard-boiled egg on a slice of whole-wheat toast

48. 1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes–Optional: Dip in 1 t. light ranch or blue cheese salad dressing

49. Quick hummus:–In food processor or blender, puree 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), 2 cloves garlic, 1 T. lemon juice, (optional add-in: 1/2 cup roasted red peppers)

50. English muffin pizza–Top 1/2 of a whole wheat english muffin with pizza sauce, chopped fresh vegetables (try green pepper and mushrooms) and 1 T. mozzarella cheese, broil in toaster oven or regular over until cheese melts. If you prefer, saute vegetables first to make them a bit softer.

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