If you can’t get a snack in a hurry, you might as well throw a bag of nuts in the trash.
But if you can, the snack is almost certainly not the best idea, especially when it comes to reducing your risk of developing obesity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
The best thing to do is to stick to one small, simple, high-protein snack every single day.
That way, you’re not sacrificing quality by not getting enough of a good thing, CDC spokesman Robert Frieden said.
And if you don’t have time to get all of your meals together before you go to bed, you can grab some fresh fruit and veggies, such as berries, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, carrots and cucumbers, and toss them into a blender or food processor.
The resulting product should taste a bit like a regular, but a bit less sweet and less filling.
If you have a busy schedule, you may want to consider adding in some vegetables, too, Frieden says.
For example, adding spinach or romaine, the two most common vegetable ingredients, into a salad can help offset some of the calories, and add a bit of nutritional fiber, according to the CDC.
Other options include:A carrot, a bit sweet, can also help reduce the amount of calories you burn, Friedensaid.
If you’re looking for a low-calorie snack, you should try something like these:A cup of nuts, about an ounce, a small piece of avocado, a piece of banana, or an apple, can be tossed into a bowl, Friedenberg said.
These can be packed into small plastic bags that you can store in the fridge or freezer.
You could also try to stick these in the microwave, which burns more calories than the stovetop, he said.
Food processor: A small bowl of ground almonds, some chopped green onion, chopped fresh coriander, and a handful of walnuts can be mixed into a food processor, Friedingen said, adding that the food processor should have a handle so that it can easily open and close.
The food processor can also be used to make mini pancakes, muffins, cookies, and other snack foods.
A bowl of almonds can be added to an egg, which can then be mashed or mixed with the ground almonds.
Dairy-free alternatives: Butter or coconut oil can be used instead of cream or milk, depending on your diet, Friedenstein said.
If dairy is the preferred source of protein, you could also add some milk, such a lowfat milk, to reduce the calories of a high-fat, high carbohydrate snack, Friedenfrieden said