Snacking or eating between meals is not harmful in itself, as consuming smaller portions can ease the pressure on our digestive system. However, the problem arises when, instead of the major meals of the day, snacks become the primary source of sustenance. According to a study published in The Journal Of Nutrition, there has been a significant increase in snacking trends among US adults between 1977 and 2006. It says that the percentage of energy intake from snacks has gone up to 24 per cent. Another study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a connection between advergames and the increasing consumption of high-energy snacks by children.
But unlike high-calorie snacks such as chips, cookies, soda, candies etc, not all snacks are harmful to the body. If we make healthy snacking choices we can not only satisfy our hunger pangs, but also prevent overeating during subsequent meals. Here are 10 healthy snacks under 150 calories, which will help you beat food cravings, satiate your stomach and also help maintain your body weight.
1. Bell Pepper Bites: The American Heart Association has a list of many appetizing snacks that are quick and easy to make. Cut medium-sized slices of one green and red bell pepper each. Beat 4 ounces of fat-free cream cheese, 3 tablespoon ground almonds, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Add a dollop of the mixture on the bell peppers and garnish with a slice of almond. Each serving is only 40 calories.
2. Carrots with Sesame Seeds: This is another quick snack suggested by the American Heart Association. Take 2 cups of baby carrots and toss them with 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds, a pinch of dried thyme and salt. The flavors go very well together and there are only 50 calories per serving.