Yes, snacking is allowed on a 1200 calorie diet. A 1200 calorie diet means the recommended daily calorie intake is at 1200. The 3 macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) are the body’s main source of energy. Here are 3 recommended great snacks for people on a 1200 calorie diet.
1. Baked Shoe String Fries and Tablespoon Low-Fat Cottage Cheese Dip
This snack is perfect for people on a 1200 calorie diet. It is high in protein and carbohydrates and has a good amount of fat. A serving size of 10 pieces of baked shoe string fries has roughly 37 calories and contains approximately 5.67 grams of carbohydrates and .67 grams of protein. At just 20 calories, 1/8 cup of low-fat cottage cheese has 3.25 grams of protein and 1.25 grams of carbohydrates.
Depending on your needs for the day, you can choose to eat more cottage cheese and reduce the amount of fries. With this delectable snack, you can get a good amount of dietary fiber, iron, fat and calcium…all at just a total of 57 calories.
2. Multi-Grain Bread and Turkey Breast
This bundle-of-energy food is packed with carbohydrates and protein at a decent calorie count. It will be more than enough to keep you full until the next meal. A slice of multi-grain bread has 69 calories and contains 11 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of protein. It is also a good source of fiber, iron, calcium and fat. Turkey breast, at a serving size of 1 ounce (28 grams), has 27 calories and contains 6 grams of protein.
3. Salmon Nuggets
An ounce of salmon nuggets is a great finger food to snack on. It only has a calorie count of 58. Not only is it oh-so-yummy in taste, but it also have a good amount of fats, protein and carbohydrates. If you are on a 1200 calorie diet, then you may want to store up your pantry with this snack. It contains 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of fats.
Snack on some beans. Edamames or green soy beans are touted as one of the most nutritious snacks. At half a cup, you’ll get 8.5 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbohydrates and 8 grams of fat. Throw in a significant amount of calcium, iron and vitamin C and Edamame is a nutrient powerhouse at just 95 calories.
5. Arugula with Low or Non-Fat Dressing
Arugula is a super food and is great for losing weight. At 100 grams or approximately 50 leaves, arugula contains 3 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of fat. It is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and a good source of calcium and iron. For just 25 calories, there is certainly room for a yummy dressing. So go ahead and jazz it up with any low or non-fat dressing of your choice.
There a lot of other great snacks to choose from. When choosing, remember that with a lower calorie allowance, quality of food to consume plays an important role in the success of the diet.