Ideally, healthy snacks should contain no more than 200 calories a day and have the essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Ximena Jimenez, a spokeswoman for Gans and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics outlined seven healthy snacks to maintain an ideal weight, as quoted by the Huffington Post.
1. Yogurt & Strawberries
Yogurt is a good source of protein and helps maintain your ideal body weight. Carbohydrates are the body's most rapidly used, and the protein helps the body to digest it slowly so the stomach feels full longer. Adding fruit such as strawberries and blueberries into plain yogurt, can also make you full longer.
2. Bananas and Apples
Bananas and apples are a good source of fiber and filling effect. Studies from the State University of Rio de Janeiro showed that women who ate three apples / bananas a day her weight will decrease more than those without.
3. Canned tuna
A can of tuna-rich protein contains only 90 calories. Tuna can be eaten as a snack with whole wheat bread with mustard topping. But keep in mind, buy canned tuna do not contain ingredients such as salt or seasonings. Observe the list of ingredients and nutritional information on the packaging value.
4. Low-Fat Milk
Milk is not right if it is classified as a snack. But this drink can be a substitute snack when your stomach feels hungry. Low-fat milk is rich in calcium and some studies suggest that calcium may accelerate metabolism. Want to taste better? Blend milk with your favorite fruits such as bananas or strawberries.
5. Cottage Cheese
Soft cheese with a sour taste made from buffalo milk is a healthy snack as well as low in fat. You can eat 1/2 cup cottage cheese with a sprinkling of almonds. The combination of two of these foods provide plenty of fiber, protein and carbohydrates to the body.
6. Grains Soup
Beans soup, peas or long beans are a healthy snack alternative. This food is rich in protein and fiber to the diet.
Edamame is a type of Japanese soy bean seeds are large and green. Soybeans contain a variety of nutrients that are healthy for the body. A half cup of edamame has been able to suffice the needs of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals in a day. You can eat it with roasted or boiled.