3 p.m. Snack Attack – Your Visual Guide to Healthy Options

Healthy Eating Thursday, August 15, 2013 Written by

While it’s easy to plan out healthy main meals during the day, all of your planning can go out the window when a snack attack hits at 3 p.m. Rather than giving in to a bag of chips or a cookie, here are seven snacks that clock in at 100 calories and will curb your afternoon cravings with healthy fiber and nutrients.

1. Blueberries

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Rich in anti-oxidants and flavor, blueberries can provide a sweet and satisfying summer snack. Grab a handful when you’re on the go, or use them to add some flair to your favorite yogurt.

2. 14 Almonds

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Almonds are a great way to quickly satisfy your hunger. They also have the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie. For a 100 calorie snack, grab around 14 almonds. You can also try spicing up your almonds for a zesty take on this simple snack.

3. Grapes

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Sometimes the most common thing in your kitchen can prove to be the healthiest. Refreshingly simple, one cup of grapes has about 100 calories and will provide you more than a quarter of your daily recommended values of vitamins K and C.

4. Mango Cubes

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Close your eyes and dream of a beach vacation and snack on a fresh or frozen mango. One cup of mango cubes is just 100 calories and provides over 75% of your daily vitamin C and 10% of your vitamin E – without any cholesterol or fat. Talk about a super fruit!

5. Corn on the Cob

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A classic summertime barbecue dish, corn on the cob is both filling and fat-free, depending on how you make it. Forget the butter and the salt! A medium-sized ear of corn with a dash of seasoning only has 80 calories.

6. Watermelon and Spinach Salad

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Watermelon is a perfect fruit for a sunny summer day. It also works great in salads! Toss one cup of raw spinach with one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and ¾ cup of diced watermelon for a tasty snack that’s full of vitamin K and low in calories.

7. Baby Carrots and Hummus

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If you love to mix texture and flavor, then this snack is for you. Eight baby carrots and two tablespoons of hummus provide a satisfying crunch with only a few calories. Both are also an excellent source of vitamin A, beta carotene and protein.

Did we miss any of your favorite healthy snacks? Let us know in the comments below.