As the end of the semester quickly approaches, bringing along with it the whirl wind of fall and winter holidays, I find myself snacking more often than having decent meals. It is easy to cave to fast, unhealthy standbys like chips and dip, soda, and heavenly, decadent ice cream. However, there are plenty of other ways to satisfy these cravings for the salty, carbonated, and sugary sweet snacks.
This- Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips and Wholly Guacamole Minis
Calories: 12 chips = 140
1 mini cup (56 g) = 100
Fat: 12 chips = 6g
1 mini cup (56 g) = 9g
Not That- Ruffles Potato Chips and Creamy Ranch Dip
Calories: 12 chips = 160
About 66g of dip = 120
Fat: 12 chips = 10g
About 66g of dip = 10g
Crunchy chips with creamy dip is the perfect combination of texture for snacking. Regular potato chips, though, contain large amounts of sodium and grease. Switching out regular potato chips with sweet potato chips cuts back on any unnecessary salt and fats. The combination of sweet potato and guacamole may sound strange, but trust me, it is amazing. The sweetness of the chips and the freshness of the guacamole make a perfectly light snack, but the complex fats in the avocado create the illusion of feeling full faster.
This- San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverage
Calories: 1 can = 130
Fat: 1 can = 0g
Not That- Mountain Dew
Calories: 1 can = 170
Fat: 1 can = 0g
Personally, I find soda way too sugary, and the carbonation is just a too much for me. But we all have those friends who crave carbonation. Substituting an extremely sugary soda, like Mountain Dew, with a San Pellegrino sparkling citrus beverage still gives that bubbly, citrus taste without the overload of unnatural sugars. These drinks come in a wide array of citrus flavors like lemon, orange, blood orange, grapefruit and more. The fresh flavors and natural juices make this drink extremely refreshing without feeling that sugary guilt later in the day.
This- Homemade Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream
Calories: 1 pint = 662
Fat: 1 pint = 13g
Sugars = 68g
Not That- Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
Calories: 1 pint = 1440
Fat: 1 pint = 104g
Sugar = 96g
Earlier this semester, I made the mistake of buying myself a pint of ice cream to snack on while studying. Needless to say, I didn’t just “snack.” I polished off the whole pint in less than an hour. Already being completely discussed with myself, I glanced at the nutrition facts and realized I consumed over 1,000 calories from that one snack. Recently, I’ve started making myself my own ice cream out of bananas. At only half the calories and fat as a regular pint of ice cream, it easily satisfies cravings.
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
3 oz. Chocolate milk (I use Silk soy milk because it has a more concentrated cocoa flavor)
- Cut the bananas into small slices and freeze them for about 1 hour.
- Blend the banana slices and slowly add chocolate milk to help soften the banana puree.
- Pour into a plastic container to store or serve immediately. Hand-stir in the peanut butter for larger ribbons of peanut butter throughout the ice cream