Being on a responsible, low-calorie diet can be impossibly disruptive to your life if you end up constantly thinking of all the delicious food that you’re missing out on. Luckily, you have a choice – you can nosh on healthy, low-calorie snacks, instead. You get to pander to your cravings and still not fall off your diet. Check out 10 healthy, low-calorie summer snacks.
1. Cold cucumber soup
Chop up a cucumber and dice it. Throw it in the blender along with half a cup of fat-free yogurt, mint, salt and a couple of ice cubes. Blend until the mixture is smooth and frothy, and serve with cucumber slices.
2. Grilled salad on a stick
As the name suggests, this fun recipe gives you a new way to eat a salad. Grab a packet of mushrooms, a red onion, a green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and zucchini. Break the stems off the mushrooms and slice up the other ingredients. Place them on metal skewers, season them with salad dressing, salt and pepper and cook on a grill for 5 minutes.
3. Cantaloupe and bacon
Cook a slice of bacon in a pan until it is crispy. Cut it up into 10 little pieces. Do the same with half a small cantaloupe. Skewer the bacon and the fruit on toothpicks together with mint leaves, and serve.
4. Chile lime corn
Shuck 4 ears of corn. With the peel and silks off, boil them in a large pot of water for 10 minutes. Drain the water and place the corn cobs on a plate. Rub them with a mixture of salt, chili powder and pepper. You can even add a teaspoon of grated Parmesan to the mixture. The calorie count shouldn’t exceed 70 to a corncob.
5. Grilled dessert
Open a can of pineapple chunks and drain the liquid. Slide the pieces on skewers, alternating them with slices of banana. Grill over medium heat for 2 minutes until you see some browning. Squeeze lemon juice over the fruit pieces, dust with cinnamon powder, and serve.
6. Peas and cheese
Open 10 pods of snap peas and throw the peas in a bowl. Melt an ounce of goat cheese in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds, keeping an eye on it to make sure that it doesn’t overheat and separate. Roll the peas in the cheese and serve. Even with melted cheese, this recipe doesn’t go over 100 calories. You can try other salad vegetables, too – carrots, celery and so on.
7. Juice cubes
You can make juice cubes with the juice of any fruit. Even fruit purée works well. Freeze juice or purée in an ice cube tray. Each time you need to drink a glass of water, you can use one of these cubes for a gentle, refreshing flavor.
8. Grilled peach
Cut up large peaches in half and take the pits out. Place them on a grill with the cut side down, and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Put them on a plate and dress them with a sprinkling of lemon juice and cinnamon. Top off with small scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’ll add no more than 100 calories to your diet.
9. Baked tomato
Halve a tomato and place on a baking dish with the cut side up. Dress the pieces with olive oil and sprinkle parsley, oregano, basil and garlic on them. Top each piece of tomato with a half-ounce slice of feta cheese (the fat-free kind) and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F. Broil for another 3 minutes to brown the cheese well, and serve.
10. Stuffed bell pepper
Cube boneless and skinless chicken breast and place in a bowl. Mix in scallions, diced celery, light mayonnaise, chopped chives, Dijon mustard, pepper, salt and cayenne. Blend the mixture thoroughly. Cut a bell pepper in half, clean out the insides and stuff with the mixture. Garnish with chives.
Low-calorie snacks don’t have to be boring. The sheer variety that you have will help keep you interested. What’s your favorite low-calorie summer snack?