So you made the New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy, be more active and lose weight. This is likely NOT the first time you have made that resolution, and you are in the same boat as me, and many others too.
By this time you are about a week into eating healthy, you are probably feeling pretty motivated and your home, hopefully is stocked with healthy eating choices. But, what do you do when you just simply get sick of snacking on the same things? A person can only take so many carrot sticks and apples to work each day before they get sick of it and start reaching for the unhealthy alternatives.
I want to share with you some of my non-fruit and veggie snacks, for when I simply don’t want fruits and veggies, but I also know that if I open up a bag of chips I will likely eat the entire bag. All of these snacks are also convenient, easy to pack on the go, and require little or no prep time what so ever.
Fiber Selects Wheat Thins: Crunchy, salty and 5 gm of fiber per serving. A serving is 15 crackers. Each serving is 3PP if you are counting points for Weight Watchers. They are great by themselves, with laughing cow cheese, cottage cheese, lunch meats, tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad. They also make other varieties of the Fiber Selects but this is the only one that our store carries.
Chick Peas: Chick peas are pretty legit as is. They are great as a salad topper too. My favorite way to snack on them is to roast them. Two cans of chick peas, line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray, drain the beans and spread them out, top with whatever seasonings you like and bake at 400 for 30 minutes. This snack is 3PP if you are tracking with Weight Watchers.
Apple Sauce: Although made from fruit I do not really consider this a fruit when it comes to snacking. They make so many varieties of this stuff it’s crazy. You can even buy strawberry or grape apple sauce now. The points value on this varies from 0-3PP per serving depending on what you buy.
Yoplait Light: I am a big fan of these. There are lots of different flavors to suit anyone’s taste buds. For 2PP per serving you really can’t go wrong either. Some of my favorite flavors are the apricot mango, key lime pie, and strawberry banana. The vanilla is also very yummy and tastes even better when you mix in some powdered peanut butter. These also freeze! Throw them in the freezer for a refreshing snack on a hot day or after a workout.
Cheese Sticks: These bring back memories as a kid. I normally do not pull them down little string by little string anymore, but they are still good. They do pair well with fruit, but I also like to cut them into chunks and eat them with grape tomatoes. The low fat varieties are usually only 1 PP each if you are counting points for Weight Watchers.
Kellogg’s Fiber Plus Bars: These are my life-saver. When most other granola type bars contain nuts…this specific type does not. Therefore they are safe for me to bring to work. (I work at a nut free school). They taste like a candy bar, and my students often get mad at me when I eat these in front of them because they think they are a candy bar. They are only 3PP each too! I have also tried the peanut butter, and chocolate almond ones…all are amazing. And as the box says, “tastes better than Fiber One!” I fully agree.
Frozen Edamame: Put some in a sandwich bag and add a little sea salt. Take them with you on the go, or to work and by the time you are ready to snack they will be thawed out. If you are tracking your points on Weight Watchers it is 3PP for 1/2 cup.
Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt: This is my latest find. They come in 3 flavors, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry. All equally amazing. I love ice cream, it is my favorite food. This is pretty similar and it is portioned out into individual cups so there is no opportunity for me to eat an entire 1/2 gallon. Each cup is only 100 calories and 3PP.
Just because these snack ideas are not fruits and veggies does not mean you don’t have to eat your fruits and veggies to stay on track with getting or staying healthy 🙂