7 Tasty Treats Under 50 Calories
My name is John and I am a snackaholic.
Because of this affliction my work lunch often includes a number of between-meal munchies – and, in a somewhat misguided effort to cut my carbs and calorie intake, I toss in a few sugar-free treats.
As my latest stroll down the Walmart candy aisle showed, there are lots of “diet” candies and treats out there, but when it comes to eating healthy you should stick to real food. I don’t know about you but I haven’t got time for the painful gastrointestinal distress triggered by the sugar alcohols used to sweeten these treats.
Many weight loss experts will tell you healthy snacking is a perfectly acceptable way to keep you from overeating at mealtime.
Okay, so now that we’ve established that just because you are watching your weight doesn’t mean you have to say farewell to the occasional sweet indulgence, sink your teeth into these treats that each weigh in at 50 calorie or less!
They’re a yummy and healthy alternative to the sugar-infused Popsicle or Freeze Pop. You’ll find several varieties chilling out in your grocer’s freezer.
Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn
You already know that popcorn is a great way to fill up and get much-needed fiber. Now let’s kick it up a notch by putting four cups of popcorn into a bowl and adding in three packets of Splenda or Equal, one teaspoon of cinnamon, one tablespoon of light brown sugar, and one melted tablespoon of a zero-calorie butter substitute. NOTE: A serving is just ONE CUP, so be sure to share with your friends.
Root Beer Float
Fill tumbler three-quarters with your favorite diet root beer and add a quarter-cup scoop of light vanilla ice cream. Mmmm … so thick and creamy. I think it tastes just as good as the “real thing!”
8 Large Strawberries
I love strawberries! But if the raw berry isn’t sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, then grab five strawberries and sprinkle them with two teaspoons of confectioner’s sugar.
Who says toast has to be eaten at breakfast? Not me! I like to toast a slice of whole-grain bread, spray or sprinkle it with zero-calorie butter substitute, and slather it with a teaspoon of grape or strawberry jam or jelly.
For the dieter, there’s always room for JELLO … or any other brand of jiggly gelatin! Stock up your favorite flavors knowing they range from zero to 40 calories per colorful cup!
I like to take a sugar-free, fat-free pudding mix and make it with skim milk. Feel free to sprinkle in a little Splenda for that extra sugar pop!
John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.