Navigating the New Normal #4

Stay Home - Snack Healthy

Navigating the New Normal is a Paradise Writing Blog Series covering life and work tips, tricks, and articles of interest during COVID19. We're all in this together.

Do you find yourself snacking more now than ever? You're not alone! Here are some concrete options to help you make that next snack a healthy one.

By Adia S.

The recommended maximum calorie intake for a snack is 300 calories. Vegetables and fruits make great low-calorie snacks that are also budget-friendly.

One hassle-free snack option would be raw fruits, such as bananas, pears, oranges, or apples. If you’re watching your sugar as well, avoid (or occasionally enjoy) mangoes, grapes, or other fruits with over 10 grams of sugar. Carrots and celery are great with ranch or blue cheese dressing. You could also try a veggie-fruit combination of sliced apples and cut celery with 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter. Or enjoy two large hard-boiled eggs and a medium apple, (roughly 251 calories). So, grab that calorie tracker and keep these few options in mind.

Please note that the calorie intake can be lower or slightly higher depending on the brand, calorie tracker, or any additional unlisted flavors.

On the sweeter side, you might enjoy ¼ cup of trail mix (180 calories) with ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes (71 calories) for a total of 251 calories. Using the same amount of sweetened coconut flakes would be 88 calories, making the snack a total of 268 calories—still under the 300-calorie mark. Another oldie but goodie is 1 cup of mixed berries (90 calories) with 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (150 calories) for a total of 240 calories. Lightly dip 3 peeled clementines (105 calories) into 1 ounce of melted dark chocolate (162 calories), and let this 267-calorie treat freeze for three hours or until the dark chocolate has hardened.

If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, there are savory options. Try ¼ cup of hummus (104 calories) with sliced veggies, like 1 yellow bell pepper (44 calories), 2 celery stalks (20 calories), 1 carrot (25 calories), and 1 red bell pepper (31 calories). With this 224-calorie option, you’ll still have 76 calories, although I wouldn’t recommend pita chips because of the calorie count. For a quick protein and veggie option, try ¼ cup of canned salmon (110 calories). Add ¼ cup of guacamole (120 calories) with a side of green olives (53 calories).

Whatever you choose, buy enough to help you stay on track and avoid temptation in and out of the home. Yes, eating healthily can be fun.

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