Eating smaller meals more often may help to boost your energy as well as to rev up your metabolism. The secret is to keep the essentials on hand so when it's time to eat, you reach for the "right stuff".
- Fruit chunks dipped in fat free chocolate syrup
- Single serving cottage cheese with diced fresh, frozen or dried fruit
- Cantaloupe half filled with cottage cheese or yogurt
- Fruit parfaits - Layer orange slices with fat free Cool Whip, drizzle with chocolate syrup, top with banana slices and garnish with nuts.
- Low-fat or fat free yogurt with granola and fruit
- Dried fruit, cereal and nut mixes
- Baked apple cored and filled with 2 tablespoons raisins or nuts, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons honey or brown sugar
- Rye crackers with Kaukauna Light port wine cheese
- Mini-pita pockets stuffed with peanut butter, wheat germ, honey and raisins or humus and fresh spinach.
- Apple slices with peanut butter and chopped nuts
- Power pizzas - English muffin or bagel halves brushed with olive oil and garlic and layered with fresh sliced tomatoes or tomato sauce, fresh spinach and mozzarella or feta cheese. Broil until cheese melts or bubbles. Add pineapple for an interesting twist.
- Hot V-8 juice with a splash of Tabasco sauce and a stalk of celery
- Fresh cut vegetables and low fat Ranch dressing.
- Quick Con Quesa - Combine 1/4 cup salsa with 2 tablespoons light Velveeta cheese. Heat in microwave until cheese melts. Serve with baked tortilla chips.
- Make your own bagel chips by slicing bagels thinly. Spread with a mixture of 2 tablespoons fat free Ricotta cheese, few drops of honey and vanilla. Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of non-fat dry milk to increase calcium.
- Grape tomatoes
- Super quick chicken waldorf - Chop a couple ounces of leftover chicken into small pieces. Combine with equal amounts (about 1 tablespoon) of low-fat yogurt (lemon or plain) and fat free sour cream. Toss in a few nuts and sliced grapes with a dash of lemon juice. Spread on crackers.