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Despite what some best-selling diet books say, you don't have to avoid whole food groups when you snack. The best snacks are neither mostly carbohydrate nor largely protein -- they're a combination, which provides satisfying flavor and texture and digests slowly, so you feel full longer. The nine recommended here by registered dietitian Leslie Bonci are all 150 calories or less. Now that's smart!
Dark Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries Between the fiber in the strawberries and dark chocolate's antioxidants and cholesterol-reducing fats, this sweet treat is a healthy indulgence. Ingredients: 1 ounce dark chocolate chips, melted 3/4 cup strawberries (about 5 to 6 medium) Calories: 150
Cheese and Crackers High-fiber rye crackers spread with light Rondele or Boursin cheese equal a crisp, creamy snack that's got lots of flavor without a lot of calories. Ingredients: 3 rye crackers 2 tablespoons spreadable "light" cheese Calories: 140
Baby Burrito Between the fiber-filled bean dip and the corn tortilla, which contains more fiber than a flour tortilla, this is one filling snack. Spicy salsa adds extra flavor without extra calories. Swap the bean dip for a quarter-cup of light (but not fat-free) shredded cheddar, then heat it in the microwave, and you've got a mini quesadilla. Ingredients: 6-inch corn tortilla 2 tablespoons bean dip 2 tablespoons salsa Calories: 140
Peanut Butter with Apples The apple's fiber and complex carbs get a boost from peanut butter's fat and protein. Choose chunky peanut butter, advises Bonci, for more fiber and a "chewier" texture. For a change of taste, try a pear or banana, or use soy nut butter, which contains heart-healthy isoflavones. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon peanut butter 1 medium apple Calories: 150
Minestrone Soup This mini meal is a very satisfying snack, with beans providing protein and fiber to keep you feeling full. Add a sprinkling of grated Parmesan for a flavor boost. Ingredients: 1/2 can of minestrone 2 teaspoons cheese Calories: 150
Veggies with Dip Mix powdered onion soup mix into a cup of plain, low-fat yogurt and you've got a tasty, low-cal, high-calcium dip that's perfect for jazzing up strips of green pepper or celery sticks. Ingredients: 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt 1 package onion soup mix 8 green pepper strips or celery sticks Calories: 150
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Nuke some cooked pasta with frozen mixed vegetables, toss in some light salad dressing and feta cheese, and you've got the perfect balance of carbs, protein, fat, and fiber. Ingredients: 1/2 cup pasta 1/2 cup frozen vegetables 2 tablespoons light dressing 1 tablespoon feta cheese Calories: 150
Tasty Tuna Sandwich Stir low-cal dressing or mayo into water-packed tuna and stuff mixture into a small whole wheat pita for a protein-rich snack with heart-healthy fats. Ingredients: 2 ounces water-packed tuna 1 tablespoon light dressing or mayonnaise 6-inch whole wheat pita pocket Calories: 150
Popcorn with a Twist Low-fat microwave popcorn has few calories and, often, little flavor to show for it. Kick things up a notch with butter-flavored spray and savory herb seasonings. Or add extra crunch and a little heart-healthy fat by tossing in some shelled sunflower seeds. Ingredients: Mini bag of low-fat popcorn Butter spray; seasoning Calories: 150