Snacking is one of the biggest inconsistencies with dieting. We may have our diet set up with 3, 4 or even 5 meals a day but eventually, all of us will become hungrier and reach for a snack. When it comes to snacking, I strongly believe it’s very important to try and focus your snacks on foods that are high in protein. Your selection doesn’t have to contain a super high amount of protein, but simply favors protein content over carbohydrates. The reason for this is because protein rich meals provide the body with a satiating effect on hunger, which means your hunger becomes fulfilled and you won’t desire any extra food.
Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
For this snack, simply find yourself some non-fat plain Greek yoghurt in the lowest calories possible. Mix together with some low or zero calorie sweetener, ½ cup of your favorite berries and a little bit of cinnamon. After mixing, pour into a pan and freeze until hard. Each bar will be around 100 calories.
Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Another fast and simple recipe, mix 2 whole bananas for 1 cup of dry oats (about 85g). Mix until you get a soft mixture and add spices such as cinnamon or a small pinch of brown sugar. Throw in some sesame or sunflower seeds and mix thoroughly. Bake in the oven at around 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until baked all the way through. Each cookie should be approximately 180 calories.
Mix together 1 cup of a fruit of your choice, such as raisins or dried dates with 3 tbsp of peanut butter, ¼ cup sugar-free chocolate chips, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2/3 cup dried rolled oats, 1 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup (optional) and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix until you get all ingredients mixed together, roll into small little balls and place on parchment paper into the fridge for about 2 hours. Each protein ball should be around 100-120 calories.
Vegan Chocolate Fudge
Mix together 1-2 tbsp of dried oats, ¼ cup cocoa powder or dark chocolate cocoa powder, ½ cup dates, ½ cup dried figs, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract, a little bit of stevia or sugar-free sweetener. After mixed, pour or spread into a baking pan lined with parchment paper and place in freezer for 1-2 hours or until frozen. Cut and enjoy. Serves about 12 and 1 serving/bar is 160 calories with 10g of protein.
Banana and Mango Smoothie
Mix in a blender ½ mango, 1 medium sized banana, ½ cup almond milk, ½ cup orange juice or reduced sugar orange juice, 1-2 tsp of stevia sugar-free natural sweetener, 1-2 tbsp of vanilla Greek yoghurt, and ice. Blend together for a thick and delicious smoothie. Totals around 150 calories with 5g of protein.
Frozen Yogurt Bark
Mix together in a bowl about 2 cups of Greek yoghurt, 1-2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp of berries of choice and 1 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup. After mixed, pour into a lined baking tray and spread until flat. Add some fresh fruit or nuts like strawberries or almonds on top and place into the freezer for about 4 hours or until frozen. Each serving is about 180 calories.
There you have it, 7 snacks or so all under 200 calories and full of flavor to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.