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Do you find yourself giving in to afternoon candy bar cravings when you’re chained to your desk? Prevent unscheduled indulgences—and the subsequent energy crashes—by having protein- and fiber-rich snacks ready. Here are four of our favorites that clock in at 200 calories or fewer:
Nonfat Greek Yogurt (6 ounces) with Chia Seeds (1 Tbsp): These two foods make a power combo. Greek yogurt packs a hefty dose of protein—upwards of 12 grams per 6 ounces—while Chia seeds contain energy-revving carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, valuable vitamins and minerals, and soluble fiber, which swells into a thick gel in your stomach to help keep you full. Too keep this snack at 200 calories, stick to yogurt with 140 calories or fewer.
Fruit and Vegetable Squeeze Pouch (1) plus String Cheese (1 low-fat stick): If you’re looking for a sweet treat, but want to avoid squished banana in the bottom of your bag, grab a squeeze sleeve. Fruit and vegetable pouches, such as Happy Squeeze from Happy Family, are a great way to get antioxidants and energy on the go for fewer than 100 calories. Top off this snack with a stick of string cheese for satiating protein that will extend the squeeze pouch’s energy surge.
Sealpack Salmon (5 ounces) on Crispbread (2): For only two ingredients, this snack provides a hunger-zapping balance of protein, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber-rich carbohydrates. Plus, the crunchy texture of the crispbread and the richness of the salmon make it ultra-satisfying.
Carrot (1), Cheese Cheese (1 low-fat stick), and Turkey (2 low-sodium slices): Wrap two slices of deli turkey around string cheese, and one regular–sized carrot (or around several baby carrots), making a pinwheel. Crunchy, sweet, and salty, this snack is sure to satisfy taste buds. Your belly will be happy, too: The protein in the cheese and turkey, and the fiber in the carrot, help to keep blood sugar levels steady, which wards off cravings.
Disclaimer: The Nutrition Twins work with Happy Family to help people to learn how to easily get more nutrients in their diets.
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Published on Fitbie on July 24, 2013