Five Snacks Under 100 Calories

6 می 2015

5 Super-Tasty Snacks For The Office - All Under 100 Calories

January is a tough month. After the festive period – a.k.a. that month you spent repeatedly filling your mouth with bread sauce and stuffing – it can be pretty hard to go straight back to nothing but raw carrots between meals.

Indeed, many people try to cut out grazing altogether and find themselves starving come 10am and, ultimately, hitting breaking point and giving into the temptation of something sugary.

Howeverm you CAN snack without feeling guiilty – and no, we’re not talking about chowing down on a dry rice cracker.

Healthy eating can be fulfilling. There are lots of delicious snacks, less than 100 calories each, just waiting to be tried alongside a late afternoon brew. Stomach growls? Here are 5 ways to stop them.

Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn

You’ve tried sweet, you’ve tried salty, but what about lemon and parmesan? This new take on your favourite cinema treat will help curb hunger pangs without the calories.

If you’re a self-confessed crisp addict, popcorn is the snack for you. The trouble with office dieting is, hours at the desk can result in bored and ‘mindless eating;’ reaching for a bag of whatever-you-can-get-your-hands-on, without you even noticing.

By coating your popcorn in 1/4 a teaspoon of zesty lemon pepper, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of olive oil, you bring a new dynamic to the savoury snack.

Topped with 1/2 a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese, it’s the perfect indulgence food – at only 99 calories per 1½ cups! Wave bye-bye to boring popcorn with a burst of flavour that really tingles the taste buds.

Kale Chips

Potato lovers, listen up.

Kale chips are a tasty snack for the office, at a fraction of the calorie-content. For the past few years, we’ve been haling King Kale as the superfood of the moment. It’s been described by Medical News Today as ‘one of the healthiest foods in the world,’ and for good reason.

Its nutrition content is off the scale, with the potential to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of cancer and even help control blood glucose in diabetics. This leafy green is rich in essential vitamins A, C and K – so get snacking!

To make your chips, it’s easy. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees °F (or 175 degrees °C) and grab yourself 1/2 a cup of raw kale with the stems removed. Wash, dry, then tear the leaves into bite-size pieces, and season with salt and olive oil. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, and voila – your kale chips are ready for the lunchbox.

Greek Yoghurt & Honey

Some nutritionists warn of the secret sugars found in yoghurt, and it’s true – even low-fat alternatives usually have either lots of sugar or artificial sweeteners. If you’re looking for a post-lunch sweet snack, go for Greek yoghurt and honey.

Greek yoghurt is laden in body-boosting health benefits, including calcium; great for strong teeth and bones. It’s also low in saturated fat, ideal for those monitoring cholesterol levels.

If you’re not a fan of its tangy taste, drizzle with honey and a pinch of cinnamon. It’s deliciously sweet and healthy! Keep it under 100 calories by choosing 1/2 a cup of non-fat Greek yoghurt. Feel free to top up with your favourite fruits – it ticks off the 5 a day.

Guacamole-Stuffed Eggs

If no snack is calming those tummy rumbles, call on the guacamole. Loaded with avocado; this high-protein dish leaves you feeling fuller for longer, with heart-helping health benefits to boot.

Like kale, avocados should be on everyone’s shopping list. Rich in monounsaturated oleic acid, it provides all the good fats you need to maintain a healthy ticker – lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease and managing weight loss all in one.

If you’re still not sold, perhaps the promise of gorgeous hair and skin will persuade you this winter. High in vitamin E and free-radical fighting antioxidants; avocados work to reduce the signs of aging, whilst promoting enviable smooth, supple skin.

To make, prepare 6 hard-boiled eggs and leave to cool.

Alongside, take one avocado and mash with 1/3 cup of fresh tomato salsa and a dash of lemon juice till combined. Once ready, halve the 6 eggs you boiled earlier and remove / replace the yolks with your guacamole filling. It’s approx. 70 calories per egg – sorted!

Vanilla & Banana Smoothie

For the perfect afternoon pick-me up, whisk yourself a quick vanilla and banana smoothie. It’s easy to whip up the night before a big day at the office. Take 1/2 a cup of sliced banana, 1/4 cup of vanilla yoghurt and blend with a handful of ice until smooth.

Or, if you don’t want the extra lactose, swap in some almond milk, for a thinner and even less calorific alternative.

What you’re left with is a super-tasty mix of power snacks that provide all the slow-releasing energy you need for boardroom success. Gorgeously creamy, it’s melt-in-your mouth tasty at less than 100 calories. Yum!

 Five  Snacks Under 100 Calories

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