Chat with Ruthie 25 Healthy Snack Ideas
I recently shared my Weight Loss Story and in my story, I talked about eating 6 small meals a day (instead of 3 large) to keep your metabolism revved and burning steady!
What is your metabolism? I found this helpful information on Mayo Clinic.com “Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function. Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for all its “hidden” functions, such as breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells.”
“The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate — what you might call metabolism. Several factors determine your individual basal metabolic rate:
- Your body size and composition. The bodies of people who are larger or have more muscle burn more calories, even at rest.
- Your sex. Men usually have less body fat and more muscle than do women of the same age and weight, burning more calories.
- Your age. As you get older, the amount of muscle tends to decrease and fat accounts for more of your weight, slowing down calorie burning.
Energy needs for your body’s basic functions stay fairly consistent and aren’t easily changed. Your basal metabolic rate accounts for about 60 to 75 percent of the calories you burn every day.”
Isn’t it interesting the way our bodies work?? You can see why it’s important to eat healthy and consistently through out the day to give our bodies fuel so, we can keep up with our active lives!!
I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favorite Healthy Snack Ideas…
25 Healthy Snack Ideas
1- 1/2 C Lowfat cottage cheese with 1 sliced banana, 1/2 C grapes, or any serving of fruit
2- 1 Apple sliced with 1 Tbsp all natural Peanut Butter
3- 1 Grapefruit with 1 tsp agave nectar
4- 1/2 C Air popped popcorn with butter spray, 1 Tbsp melted Butter, and Sea Salt (there is plenty to share!)
5- 14 Raw Almonds with 2 Tbsp Craisins or Raisins
6- 3/4 C Frozen red grapes… sweet and icy treat
7- 6 Whole grain pretzel sticks
8- 1 C Edamame with sea salt or 1/4 C dry roasted Edamame
9- 20 Pistachios= 80 calories
10-1/2 C Whole grain cereal (Mini Wheats, oat squares, Kashi, Multi-Grain Cheerios, etc)
11- 1/2 C Lowfat Wheat Thins or Triscuit crackers with 1 lowfat string cheese
12- 1 Whole grain granola bar (Annies, Special K, etc)
13- Celery sticks with 1 Tbsp all natural peanut butter
14- 8 oz Light yogurt mixed with 1/2 C low fat cottage cheese
15- 1/2 C Raspberries with 1/2 C non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
16- 1 Lara Bar
17- 3 oz Beef jerky
18- 2 Hard boiled eggs (7 grams protein per egg and no fat if you don’t eat the yolk)
19- 1 large Rice cake (I like caramel, apple cinnamon, and the new garden varieties)
20- 1/4 C Hummus with baby carrots or 1/2 a whole wheat pita in wedges
21- 1/2 C Greek yogurt (look for protein count of 20g or higher) topped with 1/4 C Grape Nuts cereal or granola
22- 5 Whole wheat saltines with 1 slice cheddar cheese
23- 1 Apple sliced with 1 low fat string cheese
24- Veggie Smoothie (click here for recipe)
(*Most of these 25 healthy snack ideas are around 100-150 calories… if you’re a calorie-counting type of person!)
I hope these 25 Healthy Snack Ideas are helpful- I’m sure you have fabulous ideas to share! I’m always game for new healthy snacks SO, leave a comment and let’s share the snacking LOVE
Thanks for Chatting…
PS~ I recently started writing for Family News.com, you can see this article published on their site!!