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Snack Attack! Low-cal, tummy-rumblin’ cures

I have a loud stomach. Super loud. So loud that whenever I’m the slightest bit hungry, people in the next room can hear the growling. To prevent the rumble, it’s important for me to make sure my stomach doesn’t get too empty throughout the day, but it’s even more essential to maintaining my metabolism and curbing overeating later.

Snacking is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. So when your snack attack hits, reach for 100 to 300 calories of healthy foods to calm your hunger pangs. Eating more than 300 calories is more of a meal, so keep your snacks light! Remember you aren’t going for “full;” you are going for “not hungry.”

Here are some of my favorite 100- to 150-calorie combos that you can try in case your snack routine is getting a little boring.

Toasted Hummus Sandwich
Spread one tablespoon of hummus on two toasted pieces of light, whole wheat bread or inside a light tortilla. Pack your favorite chopped, raw veggies into the sandwich or wrap and enjoy!

Homemade Chips and Salsa
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take one or two light tortillas and cut them in half. Cut each half into four wedges. Place the wedges on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, or until crispy. Serve with a quarter-cup of your favorite salsa.

Baked Apple
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Core a single apple so it can still stand straight, but the seeds and middle section are gone. Add one tablespoon of raisins or dried cranberries and one tablespoon of your favorite nuts to the middle. Sprinkle with a quarter-teaspoon cinnamon, and drizzle with honey. Place on a baking sheet or in a small baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, or until soft.

Taco Popcorn
Pop one bag of light microwave popcorn. Pour into a bowl and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with a quarter-teaspoon garlic powder, a half-teaspoon ground cumin, a half-teaspoon paprika, a quarter-teaspoon chili powder, and finely-chopped cilantro to taste. Mix well. Share with a friend!

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