Monday thru Friday Snacks to Beat Hunger and Weight Gain
When hunger strikes, it is easy to reach for packaged, sugary or salty, low-nutrition snacks. Instead, plan on having a snack between breakfast and lunch, and one between lunch and dinner. This will prevent nibbling while cooking from being so hungry that you can't even wait 'til you finish cooking (which can make your 500 calorie dinner end up totaling more like 900 calories) or grabbing a piece of chocolate a few times a day which can total up to 2500 extra calories per week which, without an energy deficit, means you gain a pound a week. At around 100 calories each, these five snacks will curb your hunger, boost your metabolism, and fill you with a boost of nutrition. You'll recognize all of the ingredients--there's nothing fancy or expensive--and some of them may already be in your fridge. They're easy to keep in a tupperware at work or in your gym bag. So, you may have heard of these before, but it just helps to have the info right in front of you, so here it is (one for each day of the week):
Monday: Air-popped popcorn
4 cups hot air-popped popcorn
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Dash of cayenne pepper
Makes 4 1-cup servings of 75 calories each.
Tuesday: Banana with nut butter
1 small banana
1 Tbsp. of peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter
These nut butters can be found in single serving packets which are super convenient for your bag, or you can keep a small jar nearby since it needs no refridgeration.
Makes 1 serving of about 150 calories.
Wednesday: Tommy-Toed Noodles
3 ounces cooked whole-grain noodles
6 tommy-toes (mini tomatoes)
1/2 ounce hard cheese or a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese
Makes 1 serving of about 125 calories.
Thursday: Sweet Crunchy Cakes
4 caramel corn or cinnamon mini rice cakes
2 Tbsp. Cottage cheese
Spoon 1/2 Tbsp Cottage Cheese onto each rice cake.
Makes 1 serving of about 100 calories.
Friday: Hummus Sticks
2 Tbsp. Hummus
5 carrot sticks
5 cucumber sticks
5 celery sticks
Get a spicy or garlic hummus to add a kick to this snack and really satisfy your taste buds. Makes 1 serving of 100 calories.