A 1500 calorie diet can be exactly what you need to drop a few pounds, but can feel tight when you are trying to work in some snacks to keep you going until your next meal. Choose snacks with a balance of protein, carbs and fat to keep you fuller longer, and that are tasty and satisfying enough that you don’t feel deprived. Sure, you could grab a granola bar, but why not really satisfy yourself in less than 180 calories?
1. Sliced Apples and Peanut Butter
A sliced apple with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (1/2 a standard serving!) will cost you about 150 calories, and will be a satisfyingly sweet way to tame your cravings and hunger. This snack also racks up some needed fiber and protein. Stick to natural peanut butter — not the reduced fat variety–to limit sugar and save you from the unnatural ingredients in conventional peanut butter.
2. Yogurt Parfait
For a sweet treat, put a few tablespoons of plain yogurt in a small bowl or glass. Top with berries or chopped fruit, like mangos or bananas. Sprinkle with a crunchy cereal like lower calorie granola. Then layer on another scoop of yogurt, fruit and cereal.
One and a half cups of soybeans (in the shell) can quickly cure your salt craving, while providing a healthy dose of protein, as well as some calcium, iron, and vitamin C. You’ll feel fuller, and like you actually ate something since it takes longer to much the beans out of the shells.
4. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! Substitute your usually yummy chocolate with a low-fat pudding cup and fresh strawberries. Dip six large strawberries in an cup of pudding, and come in around 130 calories or less.
5. Broth-Based Soups
There are a number of healthy, lower-sodium broth-based soups in the canned soup aisle that use natural ingredients and minimal additives. Some varieties are even as low as 80 calories per serving, and make you feel like you’re having a whole meal. On top of that, they are super convenient and ready quick, so you aren’t binging on unhealthy choices while you prepare it. Stick to the canned variety (or homemade, of course) instead of the ready-to-microwave single serving options. Those are usually laden with chemicals.
6. Instant Oatmeal
One package of instant, regular flavored oatmeal only racks up 100 calories, and is a stick-to-your-ribs satisfying snack. Top it with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon or a handful of blueberries for some added flavor.
7. Veggies and Dip
Cut up a big bag of carrots, celery, broccoli and trim up some sugar snap peas. Pair them with an easy dip. Mix a small container of low-fat Greek yogurt with dill, parsley, minced onion (dry) and a little salt. Your faux-dill dip will even be a hit at parties!
Besides these seven great snacks, consider packing your dinner leftovers into 100 calorie containers so you can grab a mini-lunch on the go. A little piece of chicken or fish with a few pieces of broccoli can be extremely satisfying.