In the winter the desires for cosy clothes and comfort food increases. Unfortunately, the effects of junk food and laziness are highlighted in the summer sun. By then it is too late. Here are some delicious winter snacks that will help you manage and prevent your winter weight gain.
- Popcorn – 100 calories
A total of 6 cups of popcorn is equal to 100 calories. Additionally, this snack is high in fibre. It will keep you fuller for longer. Substituting chips with popcorn will already assist in weight loss.
- Carrots and hummus – 90 calories
This crunchy and nutritious snack is truly satisfying. Eight baby carrots and 2 tablespoons of hummus are equal to 90 calories. Baby carrots are easily available from the supermarket and they are packed with Vitamin A and beta carotene. Also, the hummus provides protein that also helps keep you satisfied and fuller for longer.
- Yoghurt with honey – under 100 calories
Take a ½ cup of fat-free plain yoghurt. Add some Cinnamon and one teaspoon honey. This treat is surely delicious and will help to stop that sweet craving.
- Baked apple – under 100 calories
Peel one apple and sprinkle it with 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake the apple until tender. This warm ‘pudding’ is ideal for those cold winter months.
- Cucumber salad
This salad is ideal for days when you can’t control the munchies. Slice 1 large cucumber, add ½ chopped onion and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. This salad is under 100 calories.
- Almond lovers – under 100 calories
For the nutty lovers, try 14 almonds. It is high in protein and fibre. It will definitely help to fight off the hunger.
- Apple and peanut butter – 90 calories
Slice a ½ apple and use 2 teaspoons of peanut butter to spread on the apple slices. Use unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter as the apple slices are already sweet. This sweet and salty combination is truly satisfying.
- Omelette in a mug – 100 calories
Whisk 1 large egg in a mug after you sprayed the mug with non-stick cooking spray. Add some salt and pepper to the mixture. Microwave the mixture for approximately 45 seconds or until cooked. This high protein snack will definitely beat the hunger twinges.
- Fruity one cup grapes OR blueberries – 100 calories
Eat 1 cup of grapes as a sweet snack and no preparation is needed. You can eat this snack fresh or frozen. It is also great for hydration and increases fibre intake.
- Rice Cake with honey – under 100 calories
Incorporate these low-calorie snacks as part of your daily meal plan and avoid sweets, chocolates, and chips. Replacing the high fat and high sugar treats with these low-calorie snacks will help you lose weight this winter.