If taste is your first priority when deciding on what to cook or order at a restaurant, you’ll usually end up eating junk on most occasions. It is a reality that almost all tasty foods are high in fat and calories. Quite opposite to that, all healthy foods with low calorie and fat are non-spicy. Sad but true. But, you know what – there’re some exceptions. Some companies add artificial flavors, chemicals and preservatives in order to make food items low-fat and tasty at the same time. Though such foods have good flavor and taste okay-okay, they are not very kind to your organs (one or all of them!). Have low-calorie foods and snacks with higher nutritional value more often (even if you’re fit today; you won’t be healthy for long if you don’t fix your eating habits today!). Here are 10 low calorie snacks you’ll love:
This low calorie snack is a mix of tahini, olive oil and chickpeas. The snack is often served with vegetable sticks and has a very high nutritional value. It is rich in fibers. Hummus has healthy fat content that will make you feel ‘full’ for quite longer. One tablespoon of hummus contains just 23 calories. Isn’t that great? You won’t know if you’re not slightly overweight. Go, ask someone who is!
9. Marinated Tofu:
This one is a quick-to-prepare, tasty and low calorie snack. It is low in fat and highly nutritious in nature. I mean that. You can add some marinade to plain tofu to make it taste really good. People often mix it with salad or stir-fry without adding any calories. And the secret, well – there’s no secret. Remember Kung Fu Panda?
Fresh soybeans can make a
low calorie nutritious snack. They are way better than crackers and potato chips; you can take a handful of them to make a healthy snack. 50 grams of Edamame offers you just 75 calories. That’s way better than all those burgers and processed junk food you keep eating all day long!
Salsa is a healthy dip, packed with nutritious tomatoes. This is a low calorie snack with high nutritional value. Make sure you do not dip salsa in dippers like corn chips that are high in calories. Instead, you can use vegetable sticks or homemade pita chips. Every twenty grams of salsa gives 4 calories only.
Though berries can be included in the category of fruits that can be consumed as snacks, they are separated for their exceptional nutritional benefits. You can have a bowl of fresh and juicy berries when it is snack-time. Just because they’re tasty – don’t do any binge eating, okay? This amazing snack is rich in anti-oxidants that help our skin stay healthy. They are also rich in vitamins and a cup supplies just about 46 calories.
5. Sassy Popcorn:
Yes, popcorn can be a healthy snack. But, here we are talking about plain popcorn prepared at home. Sassy popcorn has no fats but gives you 5 grams of fiber per serving. Buy a low-fat mini bag of popcorn and add some organic butter for flavor. In this way it becomes tasty and low-calorie snack.
4. Vegetable Soup:
Vegetable soups are the best low-calorie snack, diet experts often recommend them. They work as a warmer in winters and are as comforting as high-calorie foods. Tomato based soups are (almost always) preferable to cream based versions as they have loads of fats and calories.
3. Egg White:
Eggs are high in proteins and nutritional value and can be a part of your snacks, every day. And, since you want to cut on your daily calorie intake, eat only the whites. The yellow ones – that’s tasty and nasty both. Egg whites are low in calories and fat. They are rich in proteins and can keep you full for a long time. One full egg white gives you 17 calories hardly.
2. Raw Vegetables:
No matter how much vegetables you eat, you’ll never consume too much calories. And, if you can eat raw vegetables, you get a variety of fibers and nutrients to nourish your body with. You can make vegetables a part of your salad to stay healthy. Be a little creative with vegetables, try different combinations and prepare some tasty, low-calorie and healthy snacks at home. Restaurants don’t have many varieties (most of them!).
Nothing can beat fruits, seasonal especially, in the category of low calorie snacks. They are both healthy and tasty at the same time. A fruit is made up mainly from water and the level of calorie is significantly low. But, since they are rich in vitamins and fibers, they have matchless nutritional value. Watermelon is the fruit with the highest water level and obviously, lowest levels of calorie. Oranges and apples too have high water content. These are all low-calorie fruits.