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Hungry Girl Today: 6.6.14
GIRLS BITE OUT
Tired of reaching for the same ol' bag of baked chips? These underrated snacks are tasty, satisfying, and completely unexpected!
Turkey Breast Slices
Sliced turkey is more than just something to place between two slices of bread... It's ready-to-eat lean protein! Have 2 oz. (2 - 4 slices) for around 60 calories and less than a gram of fat. Look for flavored varieties and low sodium counts... Applegate and Boar's Head have some of the best slices in the biz. Need turkey snackin' ideas? Wrap your turkey around pickles, seedless cucumber spears, or even a stick of light string cheese. Or whip up these Cheesy Turkey Rollups!
Microwaveable egg scrambles are not just for breakfast! Think about it -- they're low-calorie protein cups you can make in a flash, using whatever veggies and other goodies you've got in the fridge. And hot snacks are super satisfying, warm weather or not. Check out our Best of... Egg-Mug Recipes for nine must-make egg mugs. Want even more? Flip open your copy of HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX! to the "Egg Mugs and Egg Bakes" chapter.
Now, jerky might not be as surprising as some of the other snack picks on the list, but we think it's totally underappreciated and even misunderstood. The dried meat snack is not high in calories or fat, it's not boy food, it's not boring, and it's not only available in beef-based varieties. A 1-oz. serving typically has 100 calories or less and under 3g fat, and options range from turkey to meat-free. Click here for some of our very favorite finds. Our number-one love? Simply Snackin -- gourmet to the max!
Are you beginning to sense a protein-packed theme here? You're not wrong. High-protein snackables are super filling! Our top tuna pick is the Tuna Creations line by StarKist -- great right from the pouch, over high-fiber crackers, or in simple HG recipes. Wrap tuna in lettuce leaves for some Cheesy Tuna Lettuce Cups or Mexi-Tuna Lettuce Wraps. Or keep your bottoms crunchy (not those bottoms, silly) with Cheesy Tuna Salad Stackers, an Avocado Ranch Tuna Snack, or Tuna Dunkers to Go. Yum!
Hard-Boiled Egg Whites
On their own, plain ol' egg whites can seem like diet food. (GOOD diet food, but diet food nonetheless.) The solution? Add delicious items! Once you pop out those yolks, you've got perfect little vehicles for all kinds of goodness. Salsa? Do it. Tuna? Terrific. Get nuts, and try all kinds of stuff... Hummus and Dijonnaise are particularly delicious (just not together). Each egg white has only about 20 calories. Here are our tips for boiling those eggs...
A snack that eats like a mini meal is much more satisfying than a handful of pretzel sticks, people. Canned soup is one of the easiest heat 'n eat options around. Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque is an HG obsession, and there are dozens of Progresso soups with 100 calories or less per serving (which is NOT a whole can, FYI). From instant miso packets to frozen finds, there are plenty more that we love -- check 'em out here!
Slaws are like the fun 'n snacky siblings of salads. There are two ways you can go about it... Grab a bag of broccoli cole slaw or cabbage slaw, and jazz up a bowl at a time with your favorite guilt-free dressing and toppers. Or think ahead, and make a big batch of a slightly schmancier slaw. For your consideration: the Scoopable Chinese Chicken Salad, Asian Peanut Slaw, and Tangy Tex-Mex Slaw!
Easy HG Recipes
"HG, you've been giving us easy recipes this whole time!" Yes, and now we have even more that didn't fit into any of the above categories. We happen to have a TON of great snacky recipes, so get clicking: We've got these easy new snack combos, two-ingredient snacks, 100-calorie creations, picks with under 150 calories, and fruit 'n veggie contenders. You are now so well stocked with snack recipes, you might not know where to start. We suggest starting at the beginning...
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