Two Yummy 100 Calorie Snack Ideas!
By Michelle, age 20, Pennsylvania
These quick snacks take about 5 minutes to prepare and will help curb those hunger pains in between meals.
Cherry Chocolate Trail Mix
This indulgent mix delivers nearly 20 percent of the energy-boosting iron you need in a day, which will help power you through your workout. Plus, the fruit and cocoa give you a healthy dose of antioxidants.
In a large mixing bowl combine 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, 1 3/4 cups Chocolate Chex cereal, and 1/2 cup dried tart cherries. Toss well and divide among 7 plastic baggies.
Per serving: 100 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated), 75mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 1g protein.
Honey Nut Crunch Mix
The one-two punch of filling fiber and protein will keep a lid on between-meal hunger, and studies have shown that snacking on nuts helps you eat fewer calories all day long.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios, 40 thin pretzel sticks broken into thirds, and 1/2 cup sliced almonds. Toss well and divide among 7 plastic baggies.
Per serving: 100 calories, 4g fat (0g saturated), 150mg sodium, 14g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 3g protein.
Bonus: A Pizza Tip!
Craving pizza, but not loving the bloated, gross feeling that comes afterwards? Try making your own at home! It's a simple, low-cal trade-off that will satisfy without the guilt. Here's what you need:
- 1 Tortilla (make it whole wheat if you can)
- Tomato sauce (as much as you want, but watch the serving size!)
- Shredded cheese (again, serving size - cheese is high in calories so be careful how much you sprinkle on)
- Additional toppings such as pepperoni, mushroom, peppers, or anything else you like!
Spread sauce on tortilla, top with cheese and other items, and viola! Personal pizza!
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 C), place pizza on a baking sheet and set the timer for 8 minutes. If it's not cooked to your liking, pop it back in!
Slice into quarters (or just eat it whole) and enjoy!
We've all been there - those days when you just feel incredibly lazy and don't want to leave the comfort of your bed or couch. While a rest day or two a week is encouraged for your body to recover, remember: bodies were meant to move! 15-30 minutes a day is recommended to stay healthy. It doesn't matter what you do, so pick an activity you love, and get started! Dance, yoga, run, play hide and seek, garden, swim, bike ... the options are endless!
Still feeling particularly unmotivated? My suggestion: try a class! Something new or something you've always wanted to try. You never know what you'll enjoy until you give it a shot. Or, call up a friend to hang out, but make sure you're both not just sitting on the couch! Go for a walk together and gossip, even if it's just around the mall.
Try clothes on, even if you don't intend to buy them. Taking off and putting on clothes burns calories and makes you look and feel good. It's a win-win situation!
For those girls looking to lose weight, I have two words for you: EDUCATE YOURSELF. Do some research or ask your doctor, coach, or any other professional for tips and ideas. Do not fall into the "diet" scheme. Remember, you're looking to make a change that will last a lifetime, not one that will last 3 days.