With the Winter Blues quickly turning into Bikini Season Blahs, it’s easy to want to bump up your bodyliciousness. That can be hard to do after an entire season of comfort food eating, snacking whenever you want, and hiding that unwanted chub under a thick sweater and sea of scarves. Here are 12 fabulous recipes to help you bridge the gap between winter eating and summer body beauty. Snacks you can eat all day long without feeling the least bit guilty. Snacks that will actually help you lose weight, when combined with other low calorie, high in nutrients food. Ready for this? It’s time to get your snack on…all day long!
With 84 calories in a cup of blueberries, you can snack anytime without feeling guilty. In fact, blueberries are so high in nutrients and antioxidants, you should feel anything BUT guilty! Be sure to spend the extra pennies to purchase organic blueberries. While you snack, you might as well snack chemical free.
Air-popped and sprinkles with just a smidgen of sea salt, popcorn offers up a low-calorie, high-fiber treat that is totally snacktastic. Weighing in at 93 calories per 3 popped cups, you can munch on air-popped popcorn anytime during the day without biting into your healthy eating goals.
Crunchy, sweet jicama weighs in at less than 50 calories per 1 cup serving. Sprinkled with a bit of sea salt, it gives you that potato-chip crunch without all the fat. Another great alternative to jicama? Watermelon. Equally low in calories, with lots of nutrients for your body.
Lettuce and Turkey Wraps.
Click for the recipe from Hillshire Farms.
10 sheets of Annie Chun’s seaweed snacks are just 30 calories! Topped with a salty, toasted sesame flavor, these savory snacks are one of my favorite go-to treats when I need to fulfill those salty snack attacks.
Store-bought pickles can be full of hidden sugar, but a batch of your own homemade pickles serve up some seriously crunchy flavor with just a handful of calories.
Try one of our 7 Perfect Pickle Recipes.
MARINATED ARTICHOKE HEARTS
You can eat 6 ounces of water-marinated artichoke hearts and still consume less than 100 calories. You’ll also get a hefty dose of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Snack it up, baby!
Stop by Starbucks and order yourself a giant, Trenta-sized, unsweetened Green Tea. You’ll have something to sip on all day that fills you with less than 5 calories.
10 small black or green olives will cost you only 30-40 calories. Look for low-sodium olives packed in water to give yourself maximum snackability throughout the day.
SLICED BELL PEPPERS
Sweet and crunchy, red, yellow, and green bell peppers are the perfect treats to munch on throughout the day. A single raw bell pepper contains just 30 calories and lots of body beneficial carotenoids.
TOMATOES WITH BASIL & BALSAMIC DRIZZLE
Slice tomatoes, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and top with fresh chopped basil for a gourmet snack that you can eat without guilt all day long.
1/2 a medium grapefruit contains just 40 calories. Top it with a sprinkle of stevia and sea salt to add some extra bang to your snack.