Smarter Snacks Cut Fat

Shelled Peanuts

Smarter Snacks Cut Fat

Looking to cut some empty calories and unnecessary fat from your diet? Try these smarter snacks instead of high calorie, high fat foods for snacks.

Eat Smarter Snacks such as Shelled Peanuts
Eat Smarter Snacks such as Shelled Peanuts
  • A handful of shelled peanuts. (Or maybe 2!).
  • Oatmeal, shredded wheat or raisin bran cereal.
  • Whole grain bagel or English muffin with peanut butter or
    a slice of low fat cheese.
  • Omelet filled with tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach (or any veggie) paired with toast.
  • Vegetable, bean, split pea or lentil soup.
  • Lean roast beef, ham or turkey sandwich. Pile high with veggies on whole grain bread. Add zing, but almost no calories, with horseradish or spicy mustard.
  • Steamed veggies sprinkled with shredded cheese or sliced almonds.
  • A salad bar creation of dark greens and other colorful veggies, avocado slices, sunflower
    seeds and fruit. Top with low fat dressing.
  • Fat-free or low fat regular or flavored milk or 100 percent orange juice.

Smarter Snacks from Vending Machines or Convenience Store

Vending machine
Vending machine

Here are some quick picks you can grab from a vending machine or convenience store that won’t bust your gut!

  • Calcium-rich fat-free or low fat yogurt or yogurt drinks.
  • Protein-packed beef jerky.
  • Vegetable or tomato soup and whole grain crackers.
  • Fresh vegetable salads with low-calorie dressing.
  • Packages of baby carrots, broccoli florets or celery sticks.
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks.
  • Cereal bars or nutrition bars.
  • Packets of nuts, sunflower seeds.
  • Bags of baked chips or low fat popcorn.
  • Fig bars and animal crackers.
  • Fresh fruit, fruit salads or fruit cups.
  • Fat free or low fat regular or flavored milks.
  • 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices.

Smarter Snacks: Eat an Avocado at Lunch

Eat half an avocado at lunch! A study published in the Nutrition Journal found that adults who indulged in half of the buttery green fruit at lunch stayed satiated for up to 5 hours and their appetites decreased by as much as 40 percent, which meant less snacking when that mid afternoon slump hit.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing