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Healthy Snacks For Busy People
5 Easy & Nutritious Snacks
First off, lets break down snacking. Everyone wants something thats going to taste good (candy, junk food, fatty pops and chips) but no one wants the extra weight that comes with the things that taste so good.
This is when you ask me: "Well what can I have that doesn't taste like tree bark, isn't going to put weight where i don't want it, and doesn't put lots of yuckie sugars and fats into my body?"
This is when i respond: "Well friend, you've come to the right place.. But you're going to have to keep reading this article. Being the picky eater I am, I tested out a million and 12 snacks, Many were bad.. very very bad.. others tasted like wood chips and ranch dressing. Some companies enjoy false advertising, making their products low in sugar but high in sodium. Well thats just dumb, So i did the hard part for you.. Now you get to reap the benefits of my oh-so-eventful round of taste-testing. So if you like to eat, but don't want to take lots of time, don't have the time, or just want to keep off extra weight check out my 5 favorite new healthy and easy snacks."
Number 1: Turkey Rollups
Heres the deal with these guys. First, how easy is it to wrap turkey around a pre-made sesame breadstick? So now we've satisfied the time issue, if you don't have time to wrap turkey around bread, i don't know how to help you.. But anyways the lovely people over at EatingWell.com came up with this one. Heres the link if you wanna check out their other stuff, Im a pretty big fan. (http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/turkey_rollups.html) To make this all you need is.. 4 slices deli turkey breast, (about 2 ounces total), 8 teaspoons honey mustard, or mango chutney, Freshly ground pepper to taste, and 8 sesame breadsticks. Once You've got what you need all you have to do is spread the Honey Mustard (as little or as much as you want.. personal preference kinda deal) onto the turkey, sprinkle on some pepper, and wrap your piece around two breadsticks. Bam. Done.. How easy is that. You're Getting Protein, selenium, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12 (I had to look up what those meant, but trust me, their not bad) On top of this already being low in sodium, calories, cholesterol, and carbohydrates.
Number 2: Cottage cheese and apples
How hard can it be? you cut up the apples, shoot for something like Fuji, and then pull out your cottage cheese; around a half a cup should be enough. Some apple rings, if you avoid the super sugary ones in the canned fruit are also an alright substitute, and you can add cinnamon, if thats your thing. From this snack you get a decent amount of fiber, calcium and protein.. so there really is no downside.
Number 3: Watermelon and Feta bites
Sorry about two fruit snacks in a row.. but you'll see why i like it so much.
All you need is feta cheese, around a half a pound of watermelon, but that all depends on how much you want to make, toothpicks (no.. thats not the source of fiber..) and you can add fresh basil leaves if you like those (i personally do not.. but maybe you do?)
Cut the feta into thin squares. 1 Oz= 4 slices.. roughly.. then cut the watermelon into cubes, the closer you can get to an inch the better. use the toothpick to stick them together (add the basil leaf now if you want). These are going to be best kept cold.. no one likes warm these.
One watermelon/feta bite is going to be around 20 calories, so 4 should be about the perfect snacking size. I ilke this one because its so different form every boring thing you've eaten a million times, keeping us away from the carrots and low fat ranch approach is the goal.
Number 4: Ants On A Log
Don't judge me to much for this one, I've loved it since i was little.
All you need is celery, low fat peanut butter, and raisins. Cut the celery in half, peanut butter it up, and stick on the raisins. celery is just about the greatest vegetable there is, and its definitely under appreciated. i wish i was one of those people who could eat it plain, because then you actually lose weight since its basically water, but this makes it a littler more tolerable.
Number 5: No Bake Peanut Butter Nuggets
I only clicked on this one originally because of the name.. with a name like that you've gotta be in for something good. this ones takes a little bit more time than all the others, but its super easy. whatcha need is 1/2 cup natural peanut butter, 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder, 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 cup wheat germ and 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed. Sounds kind of goofy so far, but its way worth it. all you have to do is combine the peanut butter, mily powder and coconut in a big bowl, stir in the oats, ground cinnamon, wheat germ, and apple juice concentrate until its all mixed together as best you can get it. Heres the fun part, now you have to shape them into 1 inch balls, stick them on wax paper and throw them in the freezer. they can be stored in the fridge after around a half hour.
You should seriously try out a couple of these. most of them have next to no calories, and are easy to make, so who wouldn't like them? I'd love to hear what you think, and how they worked out for you, as well as your super easy and fast snack ideas.
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