6 Satisfying Snacks for Winter Afternoons
By Staci Amend
December 17, 2014
Have you ever noticed feeling hungrier during the winter? It’s not your imagination. As the days get shorter and colder, what you’re feeling is your body responding to millions of years of evolution by attempting to stockpile calories for the winter. But cold-weather munchies needn’t derail your weight loss efforts! This time of year, make sure you have lots of Jenny Craig snacks on hand—or choose homemade options that are high in protein or fiber, low in sugar and salt and under 200 calories. Watch your portions, and all of these tasty treats fit the bill.
1. Easy Kale Chips
Kale is definitely having its moment in the sun right now, and not without reason; it’s low in calories, fat free and loaded with fiber, key vitamins and powerful antioxidants. For a low-carb alternative to potato chips, take one bunch of kale, remove the stems and tear into two-inch pieces. Toss in a ½ tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, then bake at 250 degrees until crisp—about an hour. 4 servings.
2. Jenny Craig Cinnamon Twists with Applesauce
If you’re more of a sweet-tooth snacker, here’s a great one to try—with no prep necessary, it’s perfect to take along to work or tuck in your purse if you’re going to be on the go for a few hours. Just grab a pack of Jenny Craig Cinnamon Twists and a single serving of applesauce. The flavors are perfect together, and applesauce counts as your “apple a day.” Just be sure to choose a brand with no sugar added.
3. Healthy Deviled Eggs
Who knew it was so easy to turn a naughty recipe nice? Start with two peeled hard-boiled eggs as you normally would, removing the yolks and setting the whites aside. Mix yolks with two tablespoons of plain low-fat Greek yogurt, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon chives and a dash of salt and pepper. Blend and replace yolk mixture into egg centers, top with paprika, and enjoy… guilt-free!
4. Jenny Craig Black Bean Taco Chips with Homemade Salsa
Although store-bought salsas are often fat free, they can be incredibly high in sodium. By contrast, homemade salsa is easy to make, contains little or no sodium, and tastes SO much better. Start with an 8-ounce can of diced tomatoes, then add ⅓ cup diced onion, one tablespoon of chopped cilantro, one minced garlic clove, one teaspoon of lime juice. If you like your salsa on the spicy side, add one teaspoon chopped jalapeno pepper (seeds removed). Toss together, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to meld. Enjoy with Jenny Craig Black Bean Taco Chips.
5. Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes one of the healthiest starchy vegetables out there, with high levels of vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium and iron. For an easy afternoon treat, slice half a medium-sized sweet potato into thin strips, spray with fat-free cooking oil and toss in the herb or spice of your choice—rosemary is an excellent choice, as are cinnamon and allspice. Bake at 350 degrees for 20–25 minutes, until brown.
6. Roasted Curried Chickpeas
The munchy-crunchy vibe of salted nuts, without the high fat and sodium content! Take one 15-ounce can of chickpeas, rinse, drain and allow to dry on a towel. When dry, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees until crispy—about 45 minutes. While they’re still warm, toss in ½ tablespoon of olive oil, ½ teaspoon curry powder, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon chili powder. Allow to cool, and enjoy! Makes 4 servings. Allow extras to cool before storing.