So you’ve started the Oprah Diet, and have your meals planned out. But what do you eat between meals? How do you keep hunger at bay? Here are five quick and easy snacks designed for the Oprah Diet that are less than 200 calories each.
1. Mozzarella Cheese and an Orange
Oranges are high in fiber, which will help to create the sensation of fullness, and will sustain you until your next meal. Mozzarella cheese contains healthy protein, and will help create a well-balanced, nutritionally sound snack. Make sure to choose low-fat or skim string cheese in order to keep a low fat content.
2. One Cup of Milk with Fruit
Though we are often told to avoid calorie-dense drinks while trying to lose weight, this one is great for you. The philosophy is similar to that of drinking water before a meal: the fluid will fill you up, and you won’t feel the need to eat as much. Unlike protein shakes or smoothies, this drink is relatively low in calories, especially if you use lowfat or nonfat milk. The fiber in the berries will keep you full longer, and will provide a natural sweetness that eliminates the need for added sugar. While fruits that are in season will typically be the freshest and provide the best flavor, frozen berries have been found to contain the same amounts of vitamins and minerals as their fresh counterparts.
3. 6 Oz. Yogurt with Walnuts and Maple Syrup
Many people experience calcium deficiency during periods of food restriction, due to the misconception that dairy products are bad for weight loss. While some dairy products can be high in fat, when the proper choices are made, they can actually be quite good for you. Choosing lowfat yogurt will provide you with the calcium that your body needs without giving you the added fat. Add chopped walnuts for a small dose of healthy fat, and a bit of maple syrup for some natural sweetness.
4. Half an Apple with Peanut Butter
Like oranges and berries, apples are high in fiber, especially if you keep the peels on. Peanut butter is a good, healthy source of protein. Although it does have a higher fat content than some other forms of protein, the fat is a “healthy” fat, and is actually beneficial for your health. Experiment with both the type of apple and the type of peanut butter that you use. Tart apples work best in this combination.
5. Eight Carrots with Yogurt Dip
Sometimes you need a salty snack, and this one is perfect. Yogurt is a great alternative to ranch dressing, which is typically used as a vegetable dip and is loaded with fat and calories. Add basil, rosemary or other herbs of your choice to the yogurt to alter the flavor and keep your taste buds guessing!