5 Snacks to Bust You Out of a Food Rut

  January 24, 2014  |    Blog>Nutrition & Weight Loss

As seen on January 24th, 2013 on:


written by The Nutrition Twins,


Is your go-to snack a snooze? Maybe you eat a chicken breast and broccoli every night for dinner, or nosh on Greek yogurt daily. You’re not alone. Despite giving our clients a number of food options, they tend to stick to a handful of the same foods. While it’s great to have some healthy standbys, eating the same thing meal after meal can grow tiresome. And when you’re bored with what you eat, you become more susceptible to cravings.

To re-inspire our clients, we like to continually give them a number of fresh, options. For example, the following five waistline-friendly snacks will keep your diet on track, while keeping hunger at bay.

If you crave something sweet…

Try one of our favorite standbys: dates rolled in cocoa powder.  They’re deliciously sweet, and they quash a chocolate hankering. You’re filling up on fiber and powerful antioxidants, so you won’t have to feel guilty later about having eaten it. Bananas rolled in cocoa powder are delish as well!

If you crave a lot of food…
Really need to squash your appetite? Make your own muesli. Just mix 6 ounces of low-sugar, non-fat vanilla yogurt with 1/4 cup of quick oats. Then add a handful of berries or your favorite chopped fruit. This satisfying snack feels more like a meal, but only costs you 200 calories. Be sure to use quick oats–they’ll soften to the ideal perfect texture.

If you crave Chinese food…

Indulge in a typical Chinese food appetizer—steamed edamame beans. You can buy these frozen. Just pop them in the microwave and in minutes and you’ll have a tasty snack. We love to eat these by using our teeth to scrape the edamame beans out of the pods. A 1/2-cup serving of shelled edamame contains only 100 calories and will help you to stay satisfied with 8 g of protein and 4 g of fiber.

If you crave peanut butter…
Take two whole-grain graham cracker squares and spread one teaspoon of peanut butter it.  You’re getting the real deal—the peanut butter—but it’s calorie controlled because the portion is small. Not to mention, the whole thing feels really indulgent with the sweet graham cracker.

If you crave popcorn…

We just discovered Popcorn, Indiana’s s new line of better-for-you, ready-to-eat popcorn, FIT. Unlike a few calorie-packed microwave options, this snack delivers 40 calories or less per cup, and only contains 2 g of fat. What’s more, you get a whopping serving of whole grains, and fiber and antioxidants to boot. Plus, FIT doesn’t contain any artificial flavorings and preservatives. Our clients have told us that they look forward to this snack and love flavors like Sea Salt, Parmesan & Herb, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Onion Dijon.

Edamame Hummus

For more nutrition guidance and a ‘get healthy’ plan, please check out the “The Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure


Published on Fitbie on January 24, 2013


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