Simple Snacks

Healthy snack is no oxymoron. Try one of these. Running low on energy? Get a boost with our protein-rich pick-me-ups. Watching your weight? Make a low-calorie option that tastes delicious.

Blueberries and mint leaves

Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the richest—and best-tasting— sources of antioxidants. These nutrients help keep brain cells healthy and operating at maximum efficiency.

Green protein smoothie in a glass

Protein Green

Makes 1 serving
1 cup coconut water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 handfuls fresh spinach
½ green apple, seeded
½ green pear
5 ice cubes

Combine in a blender. Mix and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving: 195 calories, 1 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 317 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 21 g sugar, 18 g protein. Daily values: 57% vitamin A, 35% vitamin C, 37% calcium, 11% iron.

Cherry Tomatoes with goat cheese and basil

Lo-Cal Cheesy Cherry Tomatoes

Makes 1 serving
5 large cherry tomatoes
½ tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. fresh goat cheese
5 basil leaves
Coarse salt and ground pepper

Cut tops off tomatoes. Into the tomato, put a drop of oil and enough cheese to fill. Add basil leaf, and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition facts per serving: 48 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 2 mg cholesterol, 168 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 2 g protein. Daily values: 16% vitamin A, 20% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 2% iron.

Vita-Kale Chips

Vita-Kale Chips

Makes 1 serving
1 bunch of curly leaf kale, center stems removed, washed and dried thoroughly
1 tbsp. sesame oil or olive oil
Sea salt
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350°F. Tear dry kale into large pieces and place them in a bowl. Sprinkle kale with olive oil, sea salt, soy sauce and sesame seeds, and hand toss. Each piece will glisten, but oil mixture should not pool in the bowl. Transfer to baking sheet. Bake 6–7 minutes. Remove from oven when kale is crisp but still soft in the middle.

Nutrition facts per serving: 255 calories, 20 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 911 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 9 g protein. Daily values: 268% vitamin A, 268% vitamin C, 24% calcium, 11% iron.

Cucumbers with swiss cheese on melba toast

Low-Fat Cukes & Melba Toast

Makes 1 serving

1 tbsp. light spreadable Swiss cheese
2 Melba toasts
4 cucumber slices, each ¼ inch thick
Pepper, optional

Spread cheese on two pieces of toasts. Top each toast with two slices of cucumber. Sprinkle with the pepper, if desired.

Nutrition facts per serving: 109 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 13 mg cholesterol, 414 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 6 g protein. Daily values: 6% vitamin A, 7% vitamin C, 11% calcium, 4% iron.