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Healthy Low-Fat Snacks

Updated on November 13, 2015

I love breakfast, a small lunch and an even smaller dinner, but mid morning I get a bit hungry as well as mid afternoon and again right before I go to bed. You might say I prefer six small meals rather than three larger ones. So at work I try to keep healthy snacks to keep me going. At home it is a bit more challenging because my grandchildren are always looking for something yummy to eat at Grandma's house.

Being aware of what food is good for you and thinking about your choices are the first steps in making healthy snack choices. Also, if you plan ahead and make sure you have on hand healthy snacks, you will be less likely to be tempted by other snacks when your will power is waning.

Stay away from carbonated drinks. Healthier beverages include:

  • VitaminWater
  • Crystal Light
  • Diet Lemonade
  • Diet Snapple
  • Skim milk

Often, we mistake thirst for being hungry. So the best thing to do when you feel hungry is to drink a tall glass of water and then wait 10 minutes. If you are still hungry, then you can eat a healthy snack.

We all need a certain amount of fat in our diet. Low-fat diets lower HDL levels, which may actually increase the risk of heart attack. To ensure a healthy cholesterol ratio, we need monounsaturated and nonhydrogenated polyunsaturated fats. There are a few excellent sources of these good fats including olive oil, canola oil, nuts and avocados.

One of my favorite snacks I take to work is almonds mixed with dried cranberries. The mixture of those two foods is very delicious and satisfying. Nuts are high in vitamin E (an antioxidant that fights diseases), magnesium and fiber. Cranberries are good for your urinary system and of course have vitamin C.

Mid afternoon when I am thinking of food yet again, I usually eat fruit including an apple, orange, grapes, or small banana. Late evening, a cup of air-popped popcorn or low-fat yogurt usually does the trick. An 8 ounce cup of yogurt contains around 150 calories and 2-3 grams of fat. When you are craving ice cream, yogurt is a good substitute.

Another favorite anytime snack is to put yogurt, fat-free milk, half a banana and two to three strawberries with ice in a blender and make a smoothie. You will have to experiment as I did to find the best recipe to suit your taste. The trick is to not add sugar. Try to get used to the natural fruit taste.


And for those of us who just have to have chocolate once in a while, an 8-ounce mug of hot chocolate has 3 grams of fat and 150 calories in comparison to a chocolate candy bar which can have 13 grams of fat and 230 grams. Or you can have one cup of fat-free chocolate pudding. Yum!

Some foods that are low fat have added sugar to make them taste better, so it is always wise to check the labels for added sugar and salt.

Happy Snacking!!

If you are marooned somewhere and all you can find is a vending machine, there are actually some snacks that you could choose that are better than the others. Here are a few of them:

  • Baked chips
  • Sun chips
  • Wheat thins
  • Low carb pretzels
  • Wheat pretzels
  • Kashi bars
  • Kellogg's healthy bars
  • Fat-free animal crackers
  • Whole-grain crispbread


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Squirrelchaser - I will check urs out also.

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    Squirrelchaser 

    7 years ago from Leesburg, FL

    Very good!!! I agree with you about healthy snacks. YOu might enjoy my hub too.

    https://hubpages.com/food/adietplan

    Thanks.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Cassidella. I truly appreciate your comments on my healthy snack hub.

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    Cassidella 

    8 years ago

    I like the nice and easy healthy snacks you mentioned. You have some good ideas in this hub.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, we do get in a rut when it comes to snacks. Branch out and get adventurous. Your body will thank you. Thanks for commenting daisyjae.

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    daisyjae 

    8 years ago from Canada

    I will have to try some of your snack ideas. We are in the habit of having crackers and cheese all the time.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Great ideas NoRR4Me. I love carrots too and celery. Thanks for your comments.

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    NoRR4Me 

    8 years ago

    Great snack ideas Elayne,

    I like the bags of tiny baby carrots that you can buy already peeled and clean. I divide into portions and put them in sandwich bags, then grab a bag out of the fridge as needed.

    They satisfy that need to "crunch" on a snack. I've also seen the ones that are pre-cut in shapes like ridged potato chips. They're good too.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate all the comments about healthy snacks. Happy snacking y'all.

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    JannyC 

    8 years ago

    awesome hub. informative.

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    reddog1027 

    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Almonds and cranberries, I love both. Thanks for the great hub. I am trying very hard to improve my diet. These health snacks are just what I was looking for.

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    LianaK 

    8 years ago

    I'll have to try some of these. I especially like the idea of the almonds and cranberries. Thanks for the great hub!!!

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    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Great suggestions.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for stopping by Hello, hello, myownworld and breakfastpop. Glad to see you like healthy snacks too.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    It is what is working for me Pamela99. We each have to find what fits our schedule best.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Great suggestions. I've always heard it is healthier to eat several small meals. Good hub.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for stopping by Hello, hello, myownworld and breakfastpop. Glad to see you like healthy snacks too.

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    breakfastpop 

    8 years ago

    Terrific hub with very wise suggestions.

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    myownworld 

    8 years ago from uk

    Great hub.. though just reading this made me want to snack right away! I love almonds too...and yogurt, so was happy to see them on this list. Keep going strong... it's amazing how diverse your hubs are! :)

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for these great tips and I certainly will try them out.

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