100-calorie snack packs are all the rage – you can find them in almost every snack aisle at the grocery store, convenience store, or even in vending machines. But, just because the package says it is only 100 calories, doesn’t mean that the food inside is actually good for you. Here are some healthy, filling snacks that will satisfy your afternoon hunger pangs and are a much better alternative than those found in wrappers:

Cottage Cheese & Cantaloupe – an old standby (remember your mom eating this for breakfast in the 1980’s?) it is one of the best snacks you can have, delivering more than half of your Vitamin A and C needs and healthy dairy protein. Combine 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese with 1/2 cup of cantaloupe pieces and enjoy!

Ants on a Log – a beloved elementary school snack, this one racks up points for the protein in the peanut butter and the fiber in the raisins. Spread a tablespoon of peanut butter (try Simply Jif for a lower-sugar option that tastes great) onto a few slices of celery, top with unsweetened raisins.

A handful of pistachios or almonds can satisfy a snack attack without any hassle or mess. Almonds have the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie and pistachios have more protein and less saturated fat than other nuts.

Another healthy tip – package your snacks in advance and take them with you (to work, in the car, etc.) so you’ll be prepared when those hunger pangs hit!

If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, or would like to attend a free informational seminar, please call us at 907-644-THIN.


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Bulgur

Bulgur is a lesser-known whole grain (try millet, buckwheat, farro, barley, and amaranth, too). Also known as cracked wheat because that’s essentially what it is, bulgur has a low glycemic index, so it’s a nice corrective for blood-sugar levels. You may know it as the main ingredient in the Middle Eastern salad tabbouleh. But bulgur is also great in breads, salads, and side dishes.