Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hunger Squashing Snacks

Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you.
- Joan Rivers
What did you think of yesterday's blog on Healthy Appetite Suppression Tricks? Continuing the same topic, here are Hunger Squashing Snacks also from Women's Health magazine.

1. Warm toasted nuts
Combine pecans, almonds, peanuts, ^ cashews - with chili powder, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne. Roast in a 400 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

2. Ants on a Log
A stick of celery with peanut butter and dotted with raisins.

3. Edamame
Boil a few cups of frozen edamame until tender. Drain and toss with a light coasting of sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt.

4. Homemade Trail mix
Combine 1 cup almonds, walnuts, or cashews (or a 1 cup mix of all three) with 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and 1 1/2 cups dried fruit: raisins, apricots, apples, prunes, and/or banana chips.

5. Hummus
Spread hummus inside a pita and add sliced tomato, onion, and lettuce.

6. Stuffed Peppers
Stuff cherry peppers or bottled Peppadew peppers with soft goat cheese or mini balls of fresh mozzarella.

7. Breadless Sandwich
Top a slice of Swiss cheese with a slice of deli turkey and a spoonful of hummus or guacamole. Roll it up and eat.

8. Cheese cubes
Cut fresh mozzarella into 1/2-inch cubes. Skewer on toothpicks with pitted green olives and sundried tomatoes.

9. Popcorn
Pop a bag of popcorn. While it's still hot, add a half cup grated Parmesan and chopped fresh rosemary. No need to add salt, Parmesan is quite salty and adds a protein to the snack.

10. Tuna
Combine a can of tuna with your favorite salsa. Use Triscuits for scooping.
(personal note - that sounds like a lot of tuna to me and be moderate with the Triscuits, they pack a few calories)

11. Elvis Special
Cover a slice of toasted wheat bread with peanut butter and banana slices. (Optional) Top with a drizzel of honey.

Bottom Line

A good snack will always include a protein so you fill fuller longer. Complex carbs are good too but watch out for sugars and processed carbs.

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