Watching your weight can be tricky at times especially with all the food choices that we have. Add to this the fact that we feel hungry in between meals, and you know how it can be frustrating to choose foods to add to our diet. The amount of calories that are present in the food that we eat can make our weight go up unless we put some effort in our meals and that includes the snacks that we consume.
It is understandable that we’ll feel a bit confused as to which foods to eat and which ones to avoid or how to keep our calorie intake down. With that being said, when it comes to snacks, knowing how to pair your food can help you gain more control on your weight. Here are some pairings that you should try.
Peanut butter and banana
Also referred to as PB & B, this recipe can deliver 200 calories to your body. This recipe requires you to freeze a banana, either whole or sliced, for about 2 hours then add a tablespoon of peanut butter on top. It’s easy to add more peanut butter but do resist the temptation. This is not a dessert but rather a quick snack that will give you a burst of energy until your next meal.
Slimmed down sweet cream
Well, it is possible to have sweet cream as a snack but this slimmed down version that is. In this recipe, you should mix 8 chopped strawberries into half a cup of low-fat ricotta cheese and that’s it. This sweet snack only has 150 calories. Not bad, right?
Hummus and crudité
If you are looking for a snack that has a crunch to it, the combination of hummus and crudite is what you need. You just need 2 tablespoons of protein-rich hummus and 2 cups of raw, mixed veggies like celery, carrots, or red peppers. All that you have to do is to dip the veggies into the hummus mix and you’ll find your hunger pangs alleviated in no time.
Fruit and cheese
Did you say fruit and cheese? Well, yes, this snack pairing is just perfect for staving off your hunger until your next meal. You will need to slice a ripe pear into long spears then eat it with 2 slices of low-fat cheese. What’s great about this combination is that it comes with protein and carbs that will help you stay full longer compared to just eating some pears.
Sweet and savory
Snacks don’t really have to be sweet all the time because this sweet and savory snack is just what you need. You just need 1 piece of low-sodium beef jerky and ½ cup of grapes. These two ingredients will deliver some protein and fiber into your system while taming your cravings for something meaty. This will give you around 160 to 200 calories which won’t be too bad for your weight.
Chia berry cheese
Another snack pairing that will be good for your weight is the chia berry cheese combination. You will need to blend together half a cup of low-fat cottage cheese, a tablespoon of chia seeds, and half a cup of berries. The cottage cheese contains protein, while the berries are known for their fiber content. The chia seeds, on the other hand, have plenty of healthy fats that are good for you and your belly. What’s great about this combination is that it is only 175 to 200 calories so you are still eating below 250 calories.
These are just a few pairings that are guaranteed to keep your belly full without making your weight go up. The best part is that they are all tasty to begin with.