Are you looking for a filling, delicious snack without all the calories?
Daphne Oz, author of "The Dorm Room Diet," is here to help with five easy recipes. The best part is each snack is under 150 calories, so you can dig in guilt-free. Check out her snacks.
|Healthy Herbal Popcorn|
Popcorn is great even if you leave off all the butter and bad oil. It is a whole grain in the same league as oatmeal, barley, brown rice and millet. Plus it's low fat, so one cup of popped popcorn is only 30 calories. If you decide to add oil go with coconut oil - it adds approximately 120 calories per tablespoon but has no trans fats. Add a dash of herbs to the mix. They are natural detoxifiers and most contain a wide range of vitamins and disease-fighting phytochemicals that have potent anti-bacterial properties. Finally, add a pinch of yeast, which will help boost protein levels and is easy on the digestive system. Daphne does hers with virgin coconut oil, nutritional yeast, herbs and cayenne pepper.
|Spicy Fruit Popsicles|
Have a spicy fruit popsicle for your afternoon snack. These options use yogurt, mango, honey and cayenne pepper. Greek yogurt is great for you and contains more protein than the American variety. It's minimally processed and hasn't been heat treated, which means you get all the essential bacteria. The coconut milk is an excellent source of lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids and antiviral properties, which are good for the digestive system. Cayenne is also a good digestive enzyme. Finally, the mangoes are a substantial source of vitamin A and high in fiber.
Daphne tried this first at Bent Spoon, an artisanal ice cream shop in Princeton, N.J., and it quickly became a college staple for her. She loved it because it tastes just like ice cream, but it's made from fresh bananas. Bananas not only taste wonderful, but they are good for you too as they provide cardiovascular protection and they are high in fiber. They also help bone health.
Dates contain natural fruit sugars, fructose and dextrose, which offer your body an instant energy boost. So, they make the perfect afternoon snack or late morning pick me up. They are also rich in dietary fiber and tannins.
|Baked Spicy Pita Chips|
Everyone loves chips. Here's a great way to enjoy it without all the calories. Whole wheat chips is a great source of complex carbohydrates and the olive oil offers a nice flavor and omega fats. Toss a few herbs on the top and you'll add phytochemicals with anti-inflammatory properties.