Snacking doesn’t have to be sinful, and today we’re going to show you why. We’ve rounded up 5 low calorie snacks that will keep your hunger at bay throughout the day and boost your health.
Crisps or potato chips – whatever you want to call them, they’re just downright bad for you, with scarily high levels of trans fats and salt. Never fear though, because now you can give in to your crisp cravings with these super-simple kale crisps. Simply coat dried kale with oil and your favourite mix of spices and seasonings, and bake for 10 minutes at 180°C (350°F) or until crispy. As well as being a low calorie treat, a Chinese study found that cruciferous vegetables like kale help to cleanse your body of harmful chemicals.
Pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack to nibble on throughout the day to keep your hunger at bay. They contain omega-3 to improve both your physical and mental health, plenty of immune-system-boosting zinc, and heart healthy magnesium. Research published in the journal Pharmacological Research also found that pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory effects, so they’re great for joint health as well. The seeds are perfectly fine to eat raw, but you can also bake them in the oven with sesame oil.
Carrot, cucumber and mushroom spring rolls
Forget the greasy, heart-clogging spring rolls you’re used to – with the right ingredients, this Asian treat can be a deliciously light and fresh snack that is waistline-friendly. Fry some mushrooms in sesame oil and soy sauce, and add them along with some shredded carrots and cucumber to a sheet of softened rice paper. Wrap up the sides and voilà – one healthy spring roll you won’t feel guilty about snacking on. For a sweet twist, use some oriental peanut sauce as a dip.
Kimchi is a traditional Korean food. It can become one of your favourite healthy snacks because it’s made with fermented cabbage (as well as a whole host of spices) and it’s extremely high in probiotics and low in calories. If the first batch of kimchi you eat doesn’t do it for you, never fear – according to Korean cuisine expert Judy Joo there are no less than 187 different varieties out there to try.
Fruit slices with apple cider caramel
This apple cider caramel treat is gooey, indulgent, and most importantly sin free. Just the way we like it. Ditch the regular sugar-laden caramel, and instead boil down some apple cider. Once it reaches a syrup-like texture, mix in some finely chopped walnuts and lightly drizzle over sliced apple. Not only will you be enjoying a low calorie snack, you’ll also be giving your body some much needed iron, vitamin C and potassium.