Saturday, August 13, 2011
I LOOOOOVE snacks!!! Little meals that are full of flavor, that round out my daily nutritional needs, and that keep my brain and body actually Working!
I thought I would share a few of my faves, all are well under 200 cals. These are extremely simple, let the natural flavors come through and have few ingredients. I like simple!
Apples with Creamy Orange Dip (better and more filling than it sounds!)
1 oz. Neufchatel Cheese (low fat cream cheese)
1/2 Tbs, Orange Marmalade (I use the full sugar kind)
1/2 medium apple (fresh)
Mix together cheese and marmalade (a fork works great!), dip sliced apples.
Basic Nutritional Info: Calories:135, Fat: 6.2g, Protein: 2.2g, Carbs: 17.2g
1 8" flour tortilla
1 Tbs. Honey
Dash of good quality ground cinnamon
Heat small non-stick saute pan (dry-no oil or spray), add tortilla and heat through. It will puff up, don't worry, just flip it over and let the other side get nice and golden.
Mix honey and cinnamon. Cut grilled tortilla into pieces (I do either 4 or 6) and drizzle with honey mix.
Basic Nutritional Info: Calories 130, Fat: 1.5, Protein: 2 g, Carbs 30
1 8" Flour Tortilla
1/4 c. fat free refried beans
1/8 c. shredded low-fat cheddar (I use Sargento mexican blend)
Heat dry non-stick saute pan over med-high heat. Spread beans on tortilla and put into pan. Let warm for 1 minute or so. Sprinkle cheese over and cover, cooking for another minute then remove from heat. Leave covered until cheese melts.
(sometimes I add a tsp of salsa on top or 1/8 chopped avocado depending on my taste and what I need more of that day - these are not included in nutritional info)
Basic Nutritional Info: Calories: 165, Fat: 4.5g, Protein: 9.5 g, Carbs: 22 g
Parmesan Zucchini (this takes a little longer, but well worth it!)
1 very small Zucchini (or summer squash) - about 1 cup, sliced into rounds
1/2 egg white (sometimes I use egg substitute, it works just as well)
2 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 Cup Panko (regular bread crumbs would probably work too)
ground black pepper, a sprinkle of dried oregano, dash of cayenne pepper
Preheat broiler and spray cookie sheet with spray. Slice squash into rounds. Mix together Parmesan, panko and spices. Put egg white into a shallow plate. Dunk squash rounds into egg white, then press into Parmesan mixture (both sides) Coat WELL with crumb mixture (sometimes I double coat, there is enough to do so). Place on cookie sheet, spray with a little cooking spray and broil for about 3 minutes - Keep An Eye On It! - different ovens will vary in temps!, flip them over and spray again with cooking spray. Broil for a few minutes more. It should come out with a nice crispy coating and a warm, soft inside - HEAVENLY!
Basic Nutritional Info: Calories: 99.4, Fat: 3.2 g, Protein: 6.1 g, Carbs: 12.7 g
Well, I hope you enjoyed that little trip through my snack kitchen *lol!* Feel free to share YOUR favorite snacks!! I'm ALWAYS up for new ones!
ooops! I forgot to say each of these snack recipes serves 1 (you!). You probably figured that out, but just in case.....