Diet Finger Foods


One of the most challenging parts of being on a diet is staying true to it. Try some of these quick and easy low-calorie ideas the next time you're ready to reach for a quick snack.

The Basics with a Minor Tweak

Frozen berries are out of this world. For a quick 79 calorie snack, slip a baggie with 5.5 ounces of fresh blueberries in the freezer.

Substitution is Key

The next time you try a quick and easy quesadilla, opt for some key substitutions. High fiber, wheat tortillas and low-fat, low-calorie cheese are no-brainers, but don't forget to swap out the cooking oil or butter for extra virgin olive oil or non-fat spray and add a little spice to counteract the low-fat taste.

Better than the Box

Ward off the diet taste of low calorie desserts by improving the mix. For example, for a high fiber banana nut muffin mix, use extra virgin olive oil instead of butter, egg beaters instead of eggs and add one serving of dark chocolate chips. Pour into a cake pan instead of muffin tins for a low-calorie, high-fiber cake.

Uncommon Supermarket Finds

Prowl the supermarket for great pre-packaged low-calorie snacks and keep them accessible in your purse or briefcase when you're on the go. Watch out for the often-overlooked but tasty alternatives available to you, like dark chocolate covered soy nuts.

Long Live French Fries

Next time you're looking to satisfy a craving for fries, dodge the drive-through and take the initiative to make them yourself. All you need is some fresh potatoes cut into the desired shape, a large skillet and a small amount of olive oil. Add fresh seasonings and salt to taste.


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