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Mindless snacking is a habit and behavior that can wreak havoc when trying to lose weight. Whether sitting in front of the computer or watching television at the end of a long day even healthy snacks, like nuts, hummus, low cal ice cream treats, have the potential to easily set you back hundreds of unwanted calories if you overindulge. Let’s compare traditional healthy snacks that can be dense in calories with options that are high in volume and low in fat and calories.
- NUTS vs. POPCORN: Nuts are a very healthy food, packed with protein and heart healthy ingredients. But in terms of portion sizes, one cup can equal almost 900 calories. The truth is a reasonable portion is about 10-15 nuts. And let’s face it – who only eats one serving of nuts? Instead, opt for low-fat microwavable popcorn. They often come in 100 calorie portion bags and a bowl of air popped popcorn goes a long way - high in volume, low in calories. Another great choice is grapes.
- HUMMUS vs. BLACK BEAN DIP: Hummus is a great, nutritious snack but just 2 tablespoons can equal about a hundred calories. If you take a look at a container of hummus it can be almost 1000 calories, without the crackers! Black Bean Dip is a great alternative and is loaded with fiber and protein. This recipe is oil-free and loaded with lots of flavor, as well as low-calorie, healthy ingredients like black beans, low fat yogurt, and fat free salsa. Pair it with some fresh vegetables and you have a low-fat, low-calorie snack that will leave you satisfied. Here’s how easy it is to prep the black bean dip.
- ICE CREAM vs. FRUIT DIP: Some like to end their day with a sweet treat and at the back of almost everyone’s freezer is that forbidden stash of ice cream. While small portions of ice cream are harmless, sometimes even proportioned items like low fat ice cream bars can be a temptation. While one is okay, if its trigger food often we go back for a second. A sweet and creamy fruit dip, paired with a cut-up apple, can cure that sweet craving for much less. This is an easy prep with a ½ cup regular caramel dip mixed with softened 8 oz of low fat cream cheese.