2. Veggie Sticks & Hummus
Get a colorful snack in your belly when you combine sticks of celery; carrot; green, red, and yellow peppers; cucumbers; and sugar snap peas. Then scoop a cup full of hummus for dipping. If you don’t favor chickpea spread, mix a cup of nonfat yogurt with a little dill or salsa, or scoop up some low fat salad dressing! You can also add pita triangles.
3. A Cup O’ Soup
Warm, filling, and chalked full of nourishing veggies, steer clear of cream-based soups in favor of those with a vegetable or chicken stock base for a tasty low-carb pick-me-up.
4. Fruit Smoothie
I like to blend a half a frozen banana with a ¼ cup of nonfat vanilla yogurt or almond milk, a handful of frozen berries, and a handful of baby spinach, but you can swap my ingredients out for your favorites.
5. Apple Slices & Almond Butter
An apple (skin intact) packs about 3 grams of fiber, which lends to lowering your cholesterol and lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Smear your slices with a little protein-powered almond butter for a nutty, taste-filled snack.
6. A Fistful of Nuts
Almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, and cashews contain the healthy monounsaturated fats that lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. They’re also high in protein and “good” fats, so they’ll keep you full for longer and keep your blood sugar nicely balanced.