Snacks for Moms

Posted on 19. Aug, 2011 by in Food, Uncategorized

Snacks for Moms

1. Kashi Chewy Granola Bars

These are the chewiest bars going (don’t confuse them with other types of Kashi bars — look for “chewy” on the label). They have 130 to 140 calories each, 4 grams of fiber, 5 g of protein, and they’re made with real nuts and whole grains. And they actually taste good.

2. Frozen Peas And Corn

Ditching the celery sticks doesn’t mean abandoning the whole food group. Frozen vegetables often taste better because they’re not turning into starch, like their produce-aisle counterparts. Freezing vegetables seals in their naturally sweet flavor.

Half of a cup of peas has 55 calories and 3 g of fiber; the same amount of corn contains 72 calories with 2 g of fiber. The high-fiber and low-calorie-density combination means they’re filling and satisfying, and the frozen part makes them interesting. They’re firm, but not rock hard, and they melt in your mouth.

3. Total Yogurt

Skip the usual fruit-on-the-bottom suspects — high in sugar, ho-hum in texture. Try Fage Total Greek Yogurt instead. This imported greek yogurt is strained, which makes it fluffy. It’ll fool you into thinking it’s fat-filled, but the “0%” on its label tells you how much fat it really contains. The 80 calories per serving give you room to maneuver, so sweeten the pot with chopped apricots or dates.

4. A Dressed-Up Apple

A 2003 Brazilian study found that three apples a day can keep weight gain at bay — and can even help you lose.

The best way to lose weight is to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. That increases volume and decreases calorie density. If you’ve got 5 minutes and a knife, cut your apple up and mix it with some chopped walnuts and a teaspoon or two of maple syrup. Or eat it with a tablespoon of peanut butter to add about 100 calories’ worth of the satiating power of nuts.

5. Quaker Express Oatmeal

Just add water and microwave for about a minute, and you’re set to snack. Studies have found that oatmeal is more filling than dry cereal with the same calories and fiber content. The Baked Apple flavor has a slight fiber edge (1 g) over the other flavors. Best of all, it won’t stink up the office.

6. Soy Chips

The isoflavones in soy act like estrogen and inhibit the enzyme that facilitates fat deposits, according to soy research at the University of Illinois. A pack of soy chips racks up as many as 7 g of soy protein in about 100 calories.

7. Frozen Juice Bars

Just a few calories, and even got some vitamins. One known favorite, Edy’s Tangerine, with flavor as bright as its color — and a mere 80 calories.

8. Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins

Fiber promotes weight loss, easy fiber is cereal. Enter Barbara, with her Cinnamon Puffins. They’re crunchy, puffy, and very, very cinnamony. A 3/4-cup serving has 100 calories and 6 g of fiber. Add low-fat milk if you want, but Puffins can stand alone. Even the peanut butter ones are great for snacking.

9. Licorice

Finally! Licorice, which has an active ingredient called glycyrrhetinic acid, has been shown to help reduce body fat mass. Licorice can reduce appetite. Not Twizzler; go for the real thing, preferably with licorice extract high on its ingredient list. (Look for it in grocery stores, not convenience stores.) A handful is about 150 calories and will keep you busy chewing something sweet, flavorful, and satisfying.

10. Gum

Before you reach for a snack — even one on this list — ask yourself if you’re really hungry. If you’re not or you’re not sure, reach for a stick of gum.

The Mayo Clinic has measured the energy burned by chewing and found that just moving your jaw up and down can burn some 11 extra calories per hour, which is a boost of about 19 percent over your just-sitting-there level. Now, 11 calories may not sound like much, but think of the calorie count you are saving from not snacking.

So don’t forget the snacks for you when packing up the kids and heading out the door!

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