Healthy Home Snacks: The temperature may not be single digits where you live but the sun goes down early this time of year. Netflix and football tend to rule everybody’s viewing habits, especially on those cold days. Everyone tells you to not drink your calories or eat in front of the tv, but if there are 40 inches of snow outside and ten episodes of Narcos waiting, you need a plan.
Unless your trainer has you on an offseason bulking plan (lucky you) or putting on weight for a film role, you’re less active in winter and so you’ll need to choose your snacks wisely.
- Plain Popcorn. Skip the butter and try a mixture of seasonings and spices or even a hot sauce. If you want to get even more out of it, add some nutritional yeast, flax seed or spring on some PB2. You’ll burn many calories flossing later as well.
- Fruit – Berries, Grapes. In the summer frozen grapes are refreshing as well small pieces of frozen mangos.
- Veggies – Carrots and broccoli. Yawner, I know, try adding some greek yogurt to a ranch dressing mix to up the protein so you feel full longer.
- Roasted Chic Peas. Add everything you would to french fries – olive oil, pepper, Old Bay or salt and put them in the oven at 400 for about 45 minutes and it’s ready by episode 2.
- Nori – Hard to find a snack with as many nutrients than Nori and with fewer calories per sheet. Big plus, you can also wrap everything else on this list in it
- Sunflower seeds. Eat them plain or roast them; just season them as you would popcorn.
- Edamame – Not my favorite but they sell them in every store so someone must be eating them. There are a ton or recipes to help you get the taste right.
- Apples and PB – Not the lowest calorie choice, but not invented in a lab either. It helps to get those protein numbers up at the end of a long day. I’m sure they’ll genetically engineer a peanut apple in the future but until then we soldier on.
You heard some of our favorite low-calorie snacks. Do you have any can add to the list?