We all get hunger pangs in between meals but hogging on whatever is in front of us is never a great idea. This might satisfy our hunger at that moment but ends up making us feel guilty about the caloric consumption. MH spoke to Shalini Singhal, Nutritionist and Dietician to give you a list of 9 healthy snacks which are super quick and easy to make and the cherry on top is that they are all less than 150 calories each.
1. Hard Boiled Eggs With Guacamole ( 67 calories per egg)
This is one of the easiest snacks to make. Boil an egg and replace the yolk with two tablespoons of guacamole instead. Along with the goodness of eggs (17 calories per egg), you get monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and fibre through the guacamole (45 calories in 2 tablespoons). This is the quickest way to make a snack full of protein under 150 calories.
2. Popcorn (130 calories)
No snack list can be complete without popcorn. But don’t get fooled by the huge tubs of cheese sprinkled or caramel flavoured popcorn that you get in the movie halls. The simple air-popped popcorn sprinkled with a little bit of sea salt are the ones that fit in this category. Four cups of these make up to 130 calories.
3. Orange Smoothie ( 141 calories)
Put one peeled orange (70 calories) in your blender with one cup of ice cubes. Add half a teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon honey (21 calories) along with half a cup of low-fat milk (50 calories) to get a delicious smoothie under 150 calories. You can switch the fruit according to your choices.
4. A Cup Of Strawberries Dipped In Dark Chocolate (115 calories)
Well yes, one cup of strawberries (30 calories) dipped in one tablespoon of melted dark chocolate chips (85 calories) won't go above 115 calories. What is better is that this snack caters to your daily fruit fix along with your urge to have chocolates. Looking on the brighter side, you also get loads of vitamin C and polyphenols from the chocolate.
5. Homemade Salsa Dip With Veggies ( 60 Calories)
Throw in some diced tomato, onion lemon juice along with salt, black pepper and green chilli to make some salsa dip at home. This would only add up to 60 calories a cup. You can use this dip as a dressing for carrots (16 calories each) or for cucumbers (30 calories each). This snack makes you feel full without providing excessive calories.
6. Avocado Toast (145 calories)
Sure avocado has high-fat content but all that fat is good fat. An ounce of avocado spread has only 45 calories, which can be spread on a whole grain toast which has approximately 100 calories, per slice. The total comes up to approximately 145 calories. It doesn’t get better than this.
7. Oatmeal (142 calories)
There is no hard and fast rule that you can only eat breakfast food in the morning. Half cup oatmeal (85 calories) sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with 6 almonds (7 calories each) will taste as good and be as fulfilling any time of the day as it is in the morning. And what is better is that this recipe adds up to only 142 calories.
8. Greek Yogurt (105 calories)
Low-fat Greek yogurt is rich in protein and provides 2.5 grams of saturated fat. Five ounces of this yogurt has only 105 calories. To make it even yummier one can add fresh fruits and some seeds which will make this crunchier, adding only a few calories.
9. Strawberry And Spinach Salad
Mixing a fruit with a vegetable to make a salad is always a good idea. The combination of both gives a sweet and a savoury taste which pleases the palate. One such great combination of half a cup of sliced strawberries (40 calories) and one cup of baby spinach (40 calories). You can add some onions if you like, top it with balsamic vinegar for finishing touches.