Snacking Smarter and Oh-So Sweet Desserts

Here are some tips on how you can snack with less calories and still enjoy those desserts.

Snack Ideas:

  • Trade 20 potato chips for 20 salted edamame pods (Save 100 calories)
  • Have a tablespoon of peanuts and a tablespoon of chocolate chips instead of a pack of Peanut M&Ms (Save 127 calories)
  • Dip baby carrots, slices of cucumber and bell pepper rather than 14 tortilla chips in your guacamole (Save 220 calories)
  • “Make your snack a small meal” Leslie J Bonci, R.D., FITNESS advisory board member and director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says.  Eat two Mini BabyBel Wedges, a half cup of grapes and two whole grain Wasa crackers instead of nibbling your way through a block of sharp cheddar cheese. (Save at least 400 calories)
  • Rather than a Snickers bar, have a tablespoon of Nutella on a small apple (Save 125 calories)

4 Oh-So Sweet Dessert Ideas:

  • Instead of a slice of peach pie with vanilla ice cream, have a grilled peach topped with two dollops of whipped cream (Save 324 calories)
  • Instead of an ice cream sandwich, try a Truwhip frozen topping sandwiched between two graham cracker squares (Save about 100 calories)
  • Instead of a cup of vanilla ice cream, have a half cup of frozen berries with half cup of vanilla ice cream.  It will look like your eating the same amount of ice cream, but with the benefits of antioxidants. (Save more than 100 calories)
  • Instead of three biscotti, indulge in one biscotto with a mug of pomegranate tea.  It’ll take you longer to eat your dessert if you are sipping a hot cup of tea (Save 200 calories)

Fitness Magazine June 2011

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