As we look ahead to spring, thoughts turn to our diets, health and wellness. If you’re looking for healthy food alternatives this spring or simply need a few easy low daytime calorie ideas, take a look at our handy (and easy to prepare) low-calorie snack options below.
Kale: Versatile superfood kale can be eaten in a variety of forms. Kale chips and raw kale are two of the most popular. At 17 calories per half cup and chock full of important vitamins and minerals including fiber, Vitamin K, iron and magnesium, you definitely won’t feel guilty chowing down on kale this season.
Carrots: Baby carrots are a great choice for those on the go. One cup of carrots (about 12 baby carrots) is only 50 calories. Carrots also contain a variety of powerful and healthy nutrients including potassium, beta-carotene and fiber. Its a smart low-calorie daytime snack option.
Apple Slices with Natural Peanut Butter: A popular option for those looking for a filling snack with protein, apples and peanut butter taste great and will help satisfy hunger. While apples on their own are low-calorie, peanut butter is generally not. Natural peanut butter does however, contain protein and fiber. At around 150 calories (1 medium apple, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter), it’s not a bad snack option.
Non-fat Greek Yogurt: A single cup of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt contains 130 calories. Packed with protein and low in sodium, this thick, creamy form of yogurt is both healthy and filling. Plus, the probiotics in Greek yogurt are a form of bacteria that can boost your digestive health. Adding granola or fresh fruit (like strawberries or blueberries) will add some sweetness and additional, health benefits including antioxidants.
Mixed Veggies with Yogurt Dip: Sliced vegetables with yogurt dip are an easy option with a variety of healthy nutrients. Vegetables on their own (like peppers and tomatoes) are low calorie. The dip adds the calories but can also contain healthy fats and protein.
Grapes: At about 55 calories per half cup serving, grapes are a great snack. Full of important vitamins and minerals (including vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, thiamine, niacin), they are a no fuss snack and many fans rave about freezing grapes for a tasty treat.