50-Plus Healthy, Low-Calorie Snacks

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New Atkins for a New You Cookbook recipe for Roasted Garlic HummusA healthy eating plan is much easier to stick to when you set yourself up for success. Stock your kitchen with these items and stave off unhealthy binges, says Jennifer Joyce in her cookbook Skinny Meals in Heels: Prep-Ahead, Figure-Friendly Dishes for the Busy Home Chef.

We all get that moment in our day when we feel insanely famished but can’t be bothered to make anything. Two hours after lunch or just before dinner are desperate hours when your blood sugar drops, and chips, cheese and other junk foods beckon. Whether it’s just grazing, or arranging a little platter of tidbits for friends and family, this list is a useful reminder of the “good” snacks to have on hand when you’re peckish. Most of these items keep for a long time in the fridge or pantry so stock up on your favorites for those critical hungry moments.

Snacks for grazing, on the go or at the office
dried apricots, cherries or raisins
raw nuts
wasabi peas
steamed edamame with salt
sliced apples and pears
rice crackers
vegetable crudités
low-fat crackers, such as Ryvita
plain bagel chips
baked pita chips
baked tortilla chips with fresh salsa
pretzels with honey-mustard dip
soy-roasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds or a mix
pickled cucumbers

Middle Eastern nibbles
low-fat hummus
baba ghanoush
low-fat Greek-style yogurt (mixed with a little harissa or other spice)
dukkah-spice dip with crudité and hard-cooked eggs
warm lavash bread
crisp baby romaine lettuce leaves
fresh radishes and cucumbers
pistachios in the shell
jarred roasted peppers, mixed with harissa or chile and oil

Antipasti or tapas
marinated olives
canned lupuni beans
fava beans
sun-blushed or sun-dried tomatoes
jarred marinated artichoke hearts
marinated boquerones
toasted almonds or other nuts
pickled vegetables
Italian pickled peppers
pickled red cherry peppers
pickled garlic
toasted sourdough bread rubbed with olive oil and a clove of garlic
melon or purple figs with prosciutto or serrano ham
low-fat tzatziki dip

Scandinavian fish and bread
smoked mackerel or trout fillets
gravlax or smoked salmon
small cooked shrimp or canned crabmeat
toasted brown, pumpernickel or rye bread
sliced red onions
shredded fresh horseradish or store-bought horseradish cream
sliced cucumber
Dijon mustard
quartered cherry tomatoes
sliced pickled beets
fresh dill or scallions

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