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I love to snack. But some snacks just don't leave me feeling full enough. What are your TOP ATE filling snacks to eat?

Still-Hungry Snackster
Dear Snackster,

I LOVE to snack as well. I'm glad you asked about which snacks are filling, because even I sometimes get sucked into eating snacks that taste good but aren't really great at filling me up. To me, eating a low-cal ice cream treat or a portion-controlled bag of chips is fun and somewhat satisfying -- but those things sometimes make me hungrier. Don't get me wrong -- I DO eat them, but they are definitely NOT what I would call "filling". As for my TOP ATE filling snack picks -- here they are! Drum roll, please...

1. A large Fuji apple - Apples really fill me up, and Fujis are my favorite. A large one typically has 80 - 130 calories, <0.5g fat, and around 4 - 6g fiber (POINTS® value 1 - 2*).

2. Turkey and pickles - I like to roll up little pickles in lean turkey slices. I usually eat about 3 ounces of turkey and 3 smallish pickles. That snack has 100 calories or so, about a gram and a half of fat, and around 1g fiber (POINTS® value 2*). PROTEIN ROCKS!

3. 1/2 cup Fiber One bran cereal (original) with 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze - Yum... and it has only 80 calories, 2.5g fat, and a whopping 14.5 grams of fiber (POINTS® value 1*).

4. Smoked salmon on high-fiber crackers - A couple of ounces of smoked salmon on two Wasa crackers (any of the ones with 35 calories or less and at least 2g fiber per piece) is incredible. Even if you add a smear of fat-free cream cheese and some chopped red onion to it, you can still keep it down to around 150 calories, 2.5g fat, and 4g fiber (POINTS® value 2*).

5. Any chocolate-flavored VitaTop - VitaTops are portable, delicious and FILLING. And a chocolate muffin treat that actually satisfies your appetite as well as your sweet tooth is a serious find. These have lots of fiber (5 - 6 grams each) and only 1.5g fat each, and most have just 100 calories (the sugar-free ones have only 80). Each chocolate Top has a POINTS® value of 1*. I like the HG-developed flavors the best -- especially the newest flavor... Triple Chocolate Chunk. YUM!

6. Celery sticks and baby carrots with Vivi's Original Sauce Classic Carnival Mustard - Some say these cut-up veggies are dull -- but slather 'em in some of Vivi's sauce, and they'll ROCK YOUR SOCKS! The spicy kick will help you feel full, too. You can eat a TON of the veggies (10 baby carrots and 20 celery sticks) with 3 tbsp. of Vivi's for about 90 calories, virtually no fat, and 3g fiber (POINTS® value 1*). Wow!

7. A Ruby Red grapefruit - Just peel and eat. Grapefruits are filling 'cuz they're HUGE. And a large one typically has about 100 calories, <0.5g fat, and at least 3.5g fiber (POINTS® value 1*).

8. A bag of House Foods Tofu Shirataki noodles with a wedge of The Laughing Cow Cheese in Light Original Swiss - Rinse and dry the noodles VERY well, and then slice 'em up a bit. Melt the cheese by nuking it with the noodles -- then stir well, and add a little salt and pepper if you like. Your cheesy noodle treat will be very filling and have just 75 calories, 3g fat, and 4g fiber (POINTS® value 1*). Fantastic!

Hey Hungry Girl!

I was wondering how I would factor in fiber powders when determining a food's Weight Watchers POINTS® value. Do those powders affect it at all? Thanks!

Dear Fiber-Challenged,

There's no secret here... if you use fiber powder in recipes or mix it into foods, you just need to add the nutritional info of the powder to the nutritionals of the food you're adding it to -- then calculate the POINTS® value. For those of you who don't know, a higher fiber count can often lower a food's POINTS® value. But don't think you can go dumping fiber powder into everything and lower the POINTS® value of all that you eat, because that's not realistic. The powder itself also contains calories -- so not only are you adding fiber, you're adding calories, too. Many of the powders have around 15 - 25 calories and 3 - 6g fiber per serving. Usually, adding the fiber and calories from the powder just keeps the POINTS® value the same -- but there are times when adding some fiber powder can actually lower a recipe by a POINTS® value of 1 or so. However, most WW professionals I know frown upon that, and I've heard that many others encourage against it. Fiber is good for you, so increasing the fiber in your meals and recipes is a great idea. But in general, nutrition experts say you're probably better off getting fiber from natural foods. Looking for some high-fiber foods? Check out some of my favorite fiber-ific finds and recipes.

Today, March 19th, is National Poultry Day. Celebrate by chewing some of our Fiber-Fried Chicken Strips. Mmmmmmmm!
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