Mouthwatering chocolates, chips, and popcorn are the appetizers that people of all ages and social classes can’t resist eating. But these “treats” are especially dangerous for those who want to lose weight and control what they eat. These snacks can become a way of treating your bad mood, stress, or boredom. But is there a chance to get the help needed from this food and still remain fit?
The whole secret is the right choice. Try to replace harmful snacks with less fatty. This article will illustrate some low-calorie healthy snacks, that don’t harm your body. Put away salty nuts, chips, and other fast food. Prepare some room in your freezer for healthy appetizers.
Snacks are very beneficial for your health because:
- When you eat more often in small portions (non-fat) you help your organism to maintain energy, to balance sugar level, and to control your appetite. On the other hand, snacks should be healthy in order not to damage your body.
- Some low-calorie healthy snacks are capable of satisfying your hunger, making you eat less for dinner or lunch. As a result, you eat fewer calories per day.
Frequent high-calorie food consumption leads to increased blood sugar that can alter your mood, causing apathy and irritation. Depending on the level of fats in the product, its flavor, consistency, structure, and the expiration date is changing. Don’t forget that these foods also change your cholesterol levels, increasing the chances of getting heart diseases. That is why kids and grown-ups are advised to learn how to prepare healthy low-calorie snacks. It’s not that difficult, after all.
- Try choosing healthy appetizers that contain complex carbohydrates, such as peanut butter, yogurt, or cheese. Forget about sweets, soda, and other similar products.
- When buying a product, be attentive and learn the info about the ingredients and expiration date.
Among non-fat appetizers, there are raw vegetables, fresh fruits, crackers, nuts or grained bread, cheese, and non-fat popcorn.
Other healthy low-calorie snacks are:
- Bagels made from grain flour
- Corn chips, cooked properly
- Wheat crusts
- Small buns with bran
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Bananas or celery stems
- Fruit yoghurt
- Cocktails with yogurt, slices of fresh fruit, and ice
- Tuna fillet with celery seasoned with corn oil
- Soy milk with cereals from grain flour
- Non-fat popcorn, cheese, little rice pies
- Apples, grapes, or berries
- Raw vegetables
- Banana or berries milkshakes
Healthy appetizers preparation nuances:
- They will not necessarily taste bad. You can prepare healthy snacks on your own, and you won’t be ashamed of treating your friends and relatives.
- Avoid using olive (or any other) oil, cook in special anti-burn utensils.
- Instead of frying vegetables or fish in a pen, use a microwave, and you won’t need oil.
- Eat hot or cold cereal more often – it is low in fats.
- Replace butter and mayonnaise with yogurt-based
- Use spices and low-fat marinades instead of fat sauces.
- If you need eggs, use one solid egg instead of two egg whites.
- Frying over the open fire (grilling) is the most harmless way to cook poultry.
Healthy snacks recipes
1. Toasts with eggs and avocado – 234 kcal
This rich tasty snack takes only 5 minutes to cook. Take rye or grain toast, cut out a star shape, or a circle, or any other shape you feel like forming today. Break an egg into this hole and fry on both sides. Then spread the avocado over your toast and eat this healthy tasty appetizer!
2. Baked Carrot – 58 kcal
Peel the carrot, slice it, add some salt and/or pepper, bay leaf, and vegetable oil (to make sure that vitamin A is going to assimilate in your organism), put everything into your oven for about 25 minutes, and that’s it. Healthy and tasty vegetables that can be served with meat! The carrot is sweet and soft.
3. Greek Nachos – 102 kcal
Chop 1 tomato and 1 cucumber. Break the cheese into pieces and mix with the ingredients. Spread hummus over the nachos and serve an awesome plate!
4. Avocado and tofu paste – 43 kcal
Tofu cheese is made from soy beans and is rich in protein while low in fats. Blend 2 tablespoons of yogurt with avocado and tofu, add some lemon juice and garlic, and voila! The paste is ready. Of course, you can prepare it without tofu and add some greenery instead.
5. Fruit Salad – 56 kcal
Making a fruit salad is easy as pie. You will need a kiwi, an orange or tangerine, a banana, an apple, and some yogurt. Peel the fruit, chop, mix with yogurt (3.5 oz.), and enjoy! You can add pineapple, mango, peach, and melon.
6. Tapenade – 162 kcal
Tapenade is a Provençal dish made of chopped olives, capers, anchovies, and olive oil. There is no clear formula of how to do it, so experiment with the proportions of the ingredients. It is usually served with the main course, spread over a slice of bread or toast with vegetables. From Tapenade your organism will get vegetable fat and Omega-3 fatty acids. Enjoy!