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Snacks to satisfy your cravings

Thursday, 13 February 2014

It can be hard to stick to our daily calorie limits when we always crave something salty in the afternoon or something sweet after dinner. But there are some healthier ways to satisfy your cravings, without blowing your whole diet plan. Whether it’s sweetness, salt, or carbs that you long for, try some of these ideas to keep your cravings in check.

Here are some healthy snacks to satisfy any craving…

If you’re craving something salty…

Olives. Most of the fat in olives is the healthy kind (monounsaturated), so you can get the salty taste you crave without the guilt. 10 kalamata olives comes to about 90 calories.

Air-popped popcorn. Get a crunchy fibre hit with some natural air-popped (that is, not cooked in oil) popcorn. You can even sprinkle on a little bit of salt. One cup popped is only 26 calories!

Pickles. Pickles have lots of vitamins and fibre and are naturally low in fat. Half a cup has only around 9 calories- but don’t go overboard, as they are quite high in sodium.

Roasted nuts. For a nice crunchy snack, have a handful of nuts. They’re even better if you roast them yourself, so spread a few on a baking tray. 13 roasted almonds come to around 100 calories.

Pretzels. A healthier alternative to chips, pretzels give you a good savoury snack to satisfy your salt craving. 50 grams gets you to about 180 calories.

Tortilla chips. Make your own tortilla ships by tearing up some tortilla bread and baking in the oven for 10-15 minutes, then add a little salt. 50 grams is around 150 calories.


If you’re craving something sweet…

Frozen berries. Keep some frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or currents in the fridge and snack on them when you want a sweet treat. Half a cup of frozen raspberries has less than 50 calories.

Raisins. A sweet snack that will keep your energy levels up during the day. One serve of 50 raisins comes to about 150 calories.

Low-fat chocolate. Check the nutritional info carefully in the confectionary isle and you’ll find some chocolate bars (quite often, dark chocolate) with less than 100 calories. Save them for when you really need a chocolate hit.

Yogurt. Craving ice cream? Go for some low-fat yogurt instead. You can get lots of fruity flavours that will make you feel like you’re having a sweet dessert, often in under 100 calories.

Smoothies. Make a smoothie with fresh or frozen fruit, adding low-fat milk or yogurt or even protein powder to give it a creamier taste- a good alternative to ice cream or milkshakes. Depending on what you put in it, it could be only 100 to 200 calories.

Chocolate milk. Find a low-calorie drinking chocolate and mix it up with some low-fat milk. That will keep you feeling full and satisfy your chocolate craving! You should be able to get a glass for around 100-150 calories.


If you’re craving carbs…

Rice cakes. Need a crunchy snack? Try some rice cakes- in most brands, one cake is around 35-50 calories, so you’ve even got room to spread on a little hummus or peanut butter.

Tofu. Grill up some cubes of tofu and drizzle with a little sweet chilli sauce for a filling snack. 100 grams of tofu has around 80 calories.

Peanut butter sandwich. Use wholegrain bread and a thin spread of low-fat peanut butter, then pop it in a sandwich toaster for a warm, comforting treat. You’ll be eating around 150 calories.

Muesli bar. Snack on a natural museli bar for some wholegrains and fibre. You can find lots of brands for 100 to 150 calories per bar, or you can make your own.

Cereal. The trick here is to keep your portion sizes small, and to skip sugary cereals that pack in lots of calories. One cup of Special K has around 120 calories- a good, filling snack with lots of fibre.

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