One great thing with the 3 hour diet is you get to eat snacks. In the menu plan, you are allowed 2 snacks at 100 calories each and one 50-calorie snack. With this calorie allotment, why be confined with eating saltine crackers when you can get creative and whip up some tasty snacks? Here are some ideas for you.
1. Vegetable Medley
There are just so many ways you can spice up cooked or raw vegetables without going above the 100 calorie requirement for snacks. The key here is choosing the vegetables that are low in calories and high in nutrients. Maximize your nutritional benefits by combining vegetables. For example, saute squash, zucchini, onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes, basil and oregano in a small amount of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper for seasoning. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of parmesan. A serving size is just at 88 calories.
For more variations, you can use other spices such as curry, cumin, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, etc. Just make sure to check the calorie count of each spice.
2. Vegetables or Fruits Wrapped in Nori Wraps
Craving for a more Asian taste in your snacks? Try out Nori wraps. They are low in calories with just 10 calories or lower per sheet. They are the ones used to hold sushi together. The salty seaweed taste best complements raw vegetables or fruits. They are high in vitamin A and have a good amount of protein and carbohydrates.
Nori wraps are best eaten with cucumbers or imitation crab sticks. You can eat a generous amount of cucumbers while barely consuming your calorie allowance, since a cup of sliced cucumber only has 16 calories. On the other hand, make sure to go easy on the crab sticks. Although high in protein and carbohydrates, a stick usually has 40 calories.
3. Mixed Herbs Salad with Egg in Light Italian Dressing
This may sound like a lot of calories, but with the right portion, you can enjoy this salad and not worry about going above the 100 calorie requirement. There are mixed herbs available that offer 20 calories for 1 1/2 cup. With this serving size, you can get half of your daily requirement for vitamin A and vitamin C and some other vitamins and minerals. For more flavor, mix it with half an egg (40 calories) and 2 teaspoons of light Italian dressing (20 calories). Throw in a couple of slices of apple, and you’ll have a healthy, tasty snack at 100 calories!
4. Strawberries and “Cream”
On those I-want-sweets days, this variation of a famous dessert may satisfy your sweet tooth without piling up your calories. A cup of sliced sweet strawberries (166 grams) has a calorie count of 53. Mix it up with 85 grams non fat vanilla yogurt (40 calories) for flavor. Make sure to check the calorie count of the yogurt. Calories vary from one brand to another.
For optimum health, try and squeeze in as many nutrients you can in the 100 calorie requirement for snacks. This way, you are enjoying snacks not just for their flavor, but for their nutritional content as well.