As shelter-in-place orders begin to lift across the country and temperatures begin to rise, cravings for comfort foods and snacks, in general, will likely start to disappear. In fact, you may even be considering losing a couple of pounds. While there’s no need to have a stellar bikini body this summer (will public pools even be open?), maintaining a healthy body weight by eating nutritious foods is a great way to keep your immune system strong—which is going to be especially important as we could face a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall.
This one should come as no surprise. You could eat an entire cup of chopped, raw celery and it will only cost you 14 calories. Yes, that’s right, not even a full 20 calories. Of course, celery on its own is bland. Consider adding one tablespoon or two of peanut butter to a few sticks of celery to give it some flavor as well as make it more satiating. What’s the point of eating a snack if it won’t provide any sustenance?
2. Edible Seaweed Or Nori
If you’re looking for something light that packs just a little bit of salt, roasted seaweed is a great go-to snack that almost packs no calories at all. For example, if you opt for Annie Chun’s sesame seaweed sheets, you can have 10 for just 30 calories. If you eat the whole container, you’ll only be out 60 calories. This is a great snack to have if you’re not sure if you’re actually hungry or just wanting to munch on something.
3. Rice Cakes
Go for Quaker Salt-Free Rice Cakes if you’re looking to beat the belly bloat and drop a few pounds this summer. One rice cake only costs you 35 calories, so feel free to add one tablespoon of nut butter to it for healthy fats and protein.
Another great choice is pistachios because they’re one of the leanest nuts. A 1-oz. serving is about 49 pistachios, which is more nuts per serving than any other nut. Also, a serving contains 6 g protein, 3 g fiber, 290 mg potassium, and 170 calories. This is a great snack if you want to keep before-bedtime snacking to a minimum, because buying pistachios with the shell on means you’ll take more time to eat them, so you may end up eating less!
5. Oat Bran
Oat bran is a complex carbohydrate, so it helps fill you up without spiking your blood sugar. A small bowl of oat bran flavored with low-fat milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon makes a hearty, filling snack. Plus, blueberry oat bran muffins are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.