Sunday, April 26, 2015

Top 28 Best Healthy Snacks

Nibble guilt-free with these snacks that clock in at 100 calories or less

Computer screens, dogs, your paycheck: Some things should only come in size XL. But at snack time, smaller really is better. A mere 100 calories can satisfy you until your next meal, but that amount is frustratingly hard to eyeball. You could pay the more than 100 percent markup some companies charge for 100-cal snack packs—for simply keep these delish, nutritionist-approved treats on hand.

Sliced Tomato with a sprinkle of 
Feta and Olive Oil

Lunch left something to be desired? This savory dish will make your taste buds happy.

Vitamuffin VitaTop

Pop this vitamin-rich fudgy treat before a morning meeting and that Danish won't look so damn good.

Starbucks Tall Skinny Latte

Score your caffeine fix along with a hunger-crushing 10-gram shot of protein and about a third of your daily calcium needs.


Naturally prepackaged goodness you can take anywhere, with the added benefit of cramp-preventing potassium.

1/2 c edamame (measured shelled)

Eating this protein-packed pick-me-up out of the shell will help make the snack last longer.

3 c Air-Popped Popcorn

Go ahead, nibble mindlessly as you zone out in front of Bravo. Even if you're watching trash, you won't be eating it.

Quaker Instant Oatmeal 
(regular flavor)

This speedy fiber- and protein-packed breakfast also makes for a warm, filling snack.

Yoplait Light Yogurt (fruit flavors)

This bone-building goodie provides 20 percent of your RDA
 for calcium and vitamin D.

8 Shrimp and 4 Tbsp Cocktail Sauce

The perfect appetizer—and no one at the table will know you're counting calories.

2 Sargento Light String Cheese Snacks

Any food you can play with is a great distraction; plus, the protein battles mid-afternoon hunger pangs.

Curves Granola Bar

Stash chocolate-peanut or strawberries-and-cream bars in your glove box to help you resist the lure of the drive-thru when you're on the road.

1 c Baby Carrots with 2 Tbsp Hummus

The crunchy texture keeps choppers busy, and tangy hummus feeds your need for comfort food.

1 1/4 oz Turkey Jerky

When you must have meat, chew on this low-cal, low-fat power snack.

1/2 Cantaloupe

Like most fruit, melon contains a lot of water. So you get a lot of food—and beta-carotene—for not a lot of calories.

1 c Vegetable Juice, such as V8, and 
2 oz Oscar Mayer Oven-Roasted 
Turkey Breast

An antioxidant and protein-rich hunger-buster.

1 Tbsp Peanuts and 2 Tbsp 
Dried Cranberries

Toss together this pared-down trail mix and pre-measure into plastic baggies.

1 c Strawberries and 
3 Tbsp Cool Whip Free

For a totally guiltless dessert, dish up a bowl of this sweet, fiber-rich combo.

3 Amy's Cheese Pizza Snacks

These hot, crispy, cheesy bites are possibly the most satisfying late-night snack ever.

1 c Raspberries with 
2 Tbsp Plain Yogurt and 1 tsp Honey

This sweet mix does the job until you can break away from your desk for a full meal.

2 Egg Whites with 1 Slice 
Whole Wheat Toast

This protein-and-carb duo gives you a light but energizing start when you have a belly-busting lunch on your calendar.

About 1/2 c Frozen Yogurt

When you crave a cool treat, dip into smooth and yummy fro-yo—it's nowhere near as high-calorie as ice cream

5 Hershey's Special 
Dark Chocolate Kisses

A cocoa fix that's equally rich in chocolaty taste and disease-fighting antioxidants—what more could you want in a snack?

2/3 c Barbara's Bakery Cinnamon Puffins Cereal (dry)

Keep premeasured tubs in your desk drawer for an alternative to kettle chips when you're craving something crunchy.

1 oz Yellowtail and 1 oz 
Tuna Sashimi with 1 packet 
Kikkoman Instant Tofu Miso Soup

Have it pre-party: The protein will keep you from wiping out the buffet

18 Fat Free Rold Gold Tiny Twists

Kill a carbs-and-salt craving in a single snack session

2 oz Veggie Land Veg-T-Balls with 2 Tbsp Muir Glen Chunky Tomato Sauce

These low-fat vegetarian balls hit the spot.

Chocolate Milk (1 c nonfat milk +Tbsp Hershey's Light Chocolate Syrup)

Quell your inner cocoa monster and get a hit of calcium

1 Nutterbutter Granola Bar

This peanut bar tastes like something you'd get from the vending machine, minus the thigh-inflating effects.
Source: Women's Health: Top 28 Best Healthy Snacks

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recovery Foods: Post-Workout Recipes

Proper post-workout nutrition is vital to maintaining healthy muscles and a high-powered metabolism. Here are five recipes that will give you the proper balance of carbohydrates and protein (yes, you want both after being active) no matter what time of day you exercise.


If you work out first thing in the morning, don’t skip breakfast! Have a light snack such as a banana, dry cereal or an English muffin with jam for fuel. Follow up with a recovery breakfast – eggs, whole-grain toast and a side of fruit.

Recipe: Glenny's Crispy Wheat:


If you opt for a midday exercise session, choose a lunch option with a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein. This balance of nutrients is best to replenish energy stores and build muscle. Sandwiches and wraps are ideal picks.
Recipe: Ham, Swiss and Apple Wraps:


If your typical exercise time is late afternoon or evening, make sure you top off the night with a power dinner. Choose lean meat or fish, along with a salad and a reasonable portion of a healthy whole grain like brown rice. This salmon recipe also offers omega-3 fats, which promote blood flow and help fight inflammation.

Recipe: Soy-Glazed Salmon with Cucumber- Avocado Salad


It’s still important to prioritize your recovery if your exercise session doesn’t finish around a standard meal time. Grab snacks like chocolate milk, Greek yogurt, smoothies, trail mix and homemade protein bars – all have a nice balance of nutrients (some also help replenish fluids).


Source: Food: Healthy Eats: Recovery Foods: Post-Workout Recipes