1. Avocado Toast with Red Chili Pepper Flakes
1 slice of whole grain bread, 1/4th avocado: 183 calories, 10 g fat, 2.1 g saturated fat, 78 mg sodium, 19.3 g carbs, 6.5 g fiber, 5 g protein
Just for breakfast – think again! Avocado toast is an amazing healthy snack packed with healthy fat, fiber and protein content. To whip up a slice, toast a piece of whole grain bread and top with chunky, mashed avocado seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle chili pepper flakes and a light drizzle of olive oil.
2. Cottage Cheese with Fresh Pineapples
1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese, 1/2 cup pineapple: 143 calories, 2.3 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 460 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 8.5 g sugar, 16 g protein
Kick it up a notch with this piña colada inspired snack! Break open a container of low-sodium cottage cheese or greek yogurt and top it off with some sweet yellow pineapple slices. For a protein-packed snack that contains less than 150 calories, stick to a half-cup serving of each. For a piña colada twist, top your bowl with some low-sugar or no-sugar added coconut chips!
3. Snap Peas with Hummus
1 cup snap peas, 1/4th cup hummus: 221 calories, 6.6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 244 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 13 g protein
Veggies and hummus make for the perfect afternoon snack. Our favorite combination is snap peas with hummus. Not only does the crunch and a creamy bite to your everyday snack, it is packed with fiber, protein, and water (snap peas are 90 percent H20) to help keep you satisfied and full until suppertime.
4. Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates
2 dates, 2 tbsp. peanut butter: 250 calories, 16 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 148 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 9 g protein
A twist on ants on a log, this salty-sweet combo serves up as much protein as a cup of milk and as much fiber as an apple. Just split open the date, remove the seed and top each half with your favorite all-natural nut butter. For added texture, you can even sprinkle on some unsweetened coconut flakes.
5. Apricot Canapes
5 dried apricots, 3 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese, 5 pistachios, ¼ teaspoon honey: 137 calories, 5 g fat, 1.8 g saturated fat, 139 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 5 g protein
This may look fancy but this snack comes together in mere minutes. Just lay 5 dried apricots on a plate, smear each one with some goat or blue cheese and then sprinkle with some chopped pistachios and honey. This one snack will keep your energy levels soaring while packing 5 grams of fiber and a ton of flavor to each bite.