We love these 5 favorite snacks under 300 calories from fit mom ambassador Tiara. As an outdoor enthusiast, Tahoe is the perfect playground for Tiara to combine work with play. When she isn’t enjoying the great outdoors or crossfitting you can find her blogging about Tahoe, healthy living and DIY projects. Tiara is expecting her first baby, January 2015.
Growing up my mom told us over and over “you are what you eat.” It wasn’t until my mid-twenties when I realized what it really meant. Being fit isn’t just about working out, it’s about what you eat too.
I eat clean 90% of the time and workout 6-8 times a week. I’m now pregnant and my goal to maintain these healthy habits throughout my pregnancy. Like many, when I became pregnant my appetite increased and I found myself continuously hungry and snacking throughout the day.
Trying not to go overboard I started eating more fruit and maybe a slice of sprouted bread in the morning. During my first appointment my doctor advised me not to eat more than an extra 300 calories a day. Basically a small snack. Of course my mind wondered – bowl of cereal, ice cream, french fries, etc. Clearly there are a number of snacks to keep us pregnant ladies going, but I’m sticking to healthy treats. Below are my five favorite snacks under 300 calories.
1. Kind Bars
Hands down these are my favorite bars! Each bar is around 200 calories making them the perfect afternoon snack. Enjoy a bar alone or with a piece of fruit. You’ll never get tired with 22 bars to choose from. My personal favorites include: Almond & Apricot, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate.
2. Homemade Chai Seed Pudding
Ice Cream is my weakness and this is a healthy alterative. I know, I know – it’s not the same. Well guess what this pudding is tasty and will save you calories while curbing your sweet tooth. I prefer to make mine with coconut milk, but almond milk is just as good. Add fruit and nuts to give it a little something extra. Around 200-300 calories depending on vanilla/chocolate, coconut/almond milk and additional toppings.
3. Fresh Fruit
I just can’t get enough fruit these days – all berries, mango, cherries, pears, grapes etc. Calories depend on type of fruit and amount. Example: 10 medium strawberries = about 40 calories vs. 1 medium banana = about 105 calories
4. Apple or Banana with Peanut/Almond Butter
Who doesn’t love a bowl of sliced apples with peanut butter? The healthier option is Almond butter, but it might not sound good all of the time. With two tablespoons of peanut butter this snack is just under the 300 calorie mark.
5. Green Smoothie
Typically I start my day off with a green smoothie, but they make a delicious afternoon snack too. There are a number of different recipes to try I suggest checking out Pinterest or purchasing a smoothie book. A clean green smoothie is about 180 calories, but will depend on ingredients and serving size.
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