When I’m trying to lose weight and get healthier, there are two things that positively tick me off. The first, duh!, is being hungry. The second is when I search on something like, “low-calorie snacks that fill you up,” and every article I find is obviously written by some fool who’s probably never had to diet ever … because they all parrot the same old snacks that couldn’t satisfy me if I ate a silo full. Blah blah cottage cheese, blah, yogurt, blah blah raw vegetables. To that snack list I give a big old Bronx cheer! Seriously, do they think I’ve never heard of these? And then there’s the ever enduring lie: Drink water … it fills you up! If that’s the case, why can’t I just drink water all frigging day? I’ll never be hungry again!
Never fear – that’s why I’m here! Below is a list of real snacks for real dieters … snacks that do what snacks good for dieters should do – help us stick to our diets!
1) My favorite snack can be bought in any Aldi – Simms turkey snack sticks. These are little salami-type sticks that are filling, yummy, and only 45 calories each! Heck, for 45 cals, I can eat a whole package. Well, there are 14 in a package, so maybe that’s a bit too many. But, seriously, you can eat 4 or 5 of these and stay at just above 200 calories.
2) Something I did recently that I’ve been hearing for decades will aid weight loss – I cut out bread. I don’t care what anybody says – when I don’t eat bread, I just feel better. So, what did I replace it with? Lettuce! Hold on – before you throw my “blah-blahs” back at me – hear my second snack on the list. It’s lettuce wraps – they’re awesome! When I get hungry (which happens about 20 minutes after I last ate), I often make a lettuce wrap. Take a huge piece of lettuce, put in a few ounces of any kind of meat and add something crunchy like cucumbers, carrots, a slice of apple, etc. You can even spread a little mayo or dressing on it. To put a new spin on an old saying, tastes great and filling! But, since you left out the bread, it’s a great snack for a diet.
3) Next is the old standby – a chicken breast (prepared any want you want). This will never disappoint. It’s tasty, emotionally satisfying (very important on a diet), and the protein will hold you over ’til dinner.
4) Next on my list is – hold onto your hats – an entire can of soup! Most soups out there are around 200 calories, even if you eat the whole can – check the label! So, if you’re feeling exceptionally hungry but it’s not dinner time yet – grab a bowl, pull up a chair, and eat to your heart’s content!
5) Two – that’s right – two 100-calorie packs. Heck, this is still only 200 calories, right?! (You like the way I think, don’t you?)
6) String cheese – though I confess I don’t like it – can be a very satisfying snack that’ll keep you right around a good 200-calorie limit. In fact, two slices of just about any kind of cheese are usually less than 200 calories.
7) One of my favorite sweet snacks when I’m watching my weight is a fudgesicle. Most of them are low fat and right around 100 calories! You don’t even have to buy the ones specially marked as diet food. In fact, check the calories on most of the novelty ice cream out there. You’d be surprised – there are a ton of them that are less than 200 cals! There are even a few brands of nuddy-buddy-type cones – you know, the cones with vanilla ice cream, chocolate and nuts on top – that are under 200 calories. I also make sure I have a few of those single-serve ice cream cups (usually around 3.5 ounces – many brand names make them) on hand for when I desperately need ice cream (and I often desperately need ice cream). You might pay a little more buying ice cream in singles, but these help you control the portions. And just one is very satisfying!
Now that’s a list of real snacks for real dieters! Some of these may be higher in fat or carbs, but counting calories is still a reliable way to lose weight. True, my list may not be as healthy as the blah-blah-cottage-cheese-yogurt-blah-blah crowd will tell you to eat. But they’re all quite satisfying … which means you won’t feel deprived … which means you’ll stay on your diet. And isn’t that the point?!