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My favorite Snacks

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!

Sweet:

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


"Sopapillas"

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



Savory:

Quick "Tostada"

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
Cooking spray

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.....





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  • v WILLOWCAT1
    I saw in one of my spark mails that Spark Recipes actually has another version of the parmesan zucchini that I'm going to try. No egg, or panko, just cooking spray and parmesan on the zucchini, baked. You could probably find it by searching it. :)
    1740 days ago
  • v JUSTME29
    Those sound really great - especially the "sopapilla".
    1742 days ago
  • v AZURELITE
    Yummy! You're making me hungry though!!! LOL!!!
    1742 days ago
  • v TEENY_BIKINI
    Yummy. Very creative stuff.

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    1742 days ago
  • v WILLOWCAT1
    Good idea with the peanut butter! I'll have to try that! :)
    1746 days ago
  • v CATWOOMAN
    Yummy, the snacks sound good. You are beginning to inspire me in the cooking arena again. Recently I read a sparkie blog that shared melting peanut butter and using it as a dip for an apple. I've tried it, with only 1 tablespoon, about 100 cals for the PB. It's really yummy, the melting of the PB stretches the PB so that it lasts through an entire apple. One of my ways where I can add protein to my diet. emoticon
    1746 days ago
  • v BET212
    Those all sound wonderful! I've got some zucchini and some panko I haven't used yet so this would be a good recipe to try. Thanks for posting!
    1746 days ago
  • v CAROLE914
    The snacks sound great and easy to make
    1746 days ago
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