With a little preparation, you can satisfy your craving while saving calories. Use this guide and enjoy!
If you are craving…
|Cinnamon Apple Delight
Core an apple, & peel 1/3 of the way. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. Cook in microwave, covered, for 2-3 minutes, or until tender.
|It’s a great fat-free alternative that will provide an enjoyable fiber boost! At around 110 calories, this treat is also a major calorie saver!
Spread 2 teaspoons raspberry or strawberry jam on a split ladyfinger. Sprinkle with a dash of powdered sugar!
|This quick treat is only about 60 calories and really hits the spot!
|Vanilla Cream Bites
Split a ladyfinger; spread 1 tablespoon low-fat vanilla pudding on each half.
|Major calorie saver!
|Ice Cream Sandwich
|Graham Cracker Sandwich
Spread 2 tablespoons low-fat ice cream between two chocolate graham crackers. Roll sides in 1 teaspoon chocolate sprinkles. Enjoy immediately or wrap and freeze it for later.
|A guilt-free treat that is cost-effective &
|A bakery muffin
|A Vitamuffin (www.vitalicious.com)
They can be found in the frozen food section (there are many flavors to choose from). Simply heat and eat!
|Convenient, low-calorie, tasty and full of vitamins & fiber!
Use half of a 6 1/2-inch whole wheat pita & top with 1/4 cup chopped tomato and 1/4 cup shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese. Top with some dried basil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese. Bake for a few minutes in a toaster oven to melt cheese.
|This treat is about half the calories when compared to a regular slice of pizza. Add a tossed salad or a side of sautéed spinach for an easy lunch or dinner meal!
Karen McPartland, RD, CSSD
Princeton, NJ & Shelton, CT