As we all know, there's a right way and a wrong way to snack. It matters less whether you do it and more about why you snack. If you're hungry, snacking can help you stick to your diet overall, but if you're snacking for other reasons — you're bored or emotional, for example — snacking can be synonymous with diet sabotage.
This is especially true when it comes to midmorning snacking. A recent study found that overweight people who snacked between breakfast and lunch ended up eating more and losing less weight than the participants who didn't snack in the morning, possibly because people who snacked between breakfast and lunch weren't actually doing so because they were hungry.
If you're an early riser or if you don't eat much for breakfast, a midmorning snack can be the difference between staying on track at lunch and gorging on anything in sight. Stop any stomach grumbling with the above midmorning snacks (and more!) after the break.
- These peanut butter apples with grapes are creamy, filling, and high in protein and fiber. And a large serving is only 150 calories! The secret is in substituting half the peanut butter with Greek yogurt.
- If you've got half an avocado, the possibilities are endless. The healthy fats and fiber will keep you full and since half an avocado is about 160 calories, you don't risk having a meal's worth of calories before lunchtime. Get seven healthy avocado snack recipes here.
- Sometimes, you just crave something salty, no matter what time of day it is. If your midmorning desire for potato chips is getting out of hand, here are 10 salty snack ideas under 150 calories instead — from hummus to nuts.
- For a hydrating snack that helps you meet your veggie quota, make this cucumber and Greek yogurt ranch dip snack. It'll satisfy crunchy cravings without resorting to conventional (and unhealthy) ranch dips.
- A piece of fruit is one of the best ways to snack, but if you're looking for something a little bit more substantial, try these eight 150-calorie fruit snack ideas. Something as simple as drizzling a cut-up peach with honey can take your snack from normal to seemingly indulgent without a huge increase in calories.