It's snack time! Grab one of these low-cal options to satisfy your munchies.
August 02, 2012
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Healthy, Low-Calorie Snacks
You shouldn't have to feel guilty about a between-meal nibble. With these 150-calorie recipes, you'll be able to satisfy your hunger and stay fueled until the next meal.
First up: Spiced nuts are usually baked; this stovetop version speeds up the process. The smoky-spicy snack will store well in an airtight container for several days.
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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
Dip the pretzels, and store in the fridge on a parchment-lined tray up to five days ahead. Set out shortly before serving, but not too far ahead, as the chocolate may melt.
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Baked Mozzarella Bites
Serve this quick after-school snack to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheesesticks.
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Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix
Ground chiles, cumin, and oregano spice up this sweet and hot nut mixture. Nuts are a protein-dense snack, and they also provide heart-healthy fats and antioxidants.
A glass storage jar with a locking lid is the perfect vessel to keep this homemade treat fresh or store individual servings in zip-top bags for quick backpack-friendly snacks.
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Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
Make the chips in advance, cool completely, and store in an airtight container until ready to serve. This sweet salsa is the perfect snack time treat.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Bark
Dried cherries and crystallized ginger add a depth of flavor to this simple, four-ingredient chocolate bark. This recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth in a delicious way.
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Endive Spears with Spicy Goat Cheese
You can make the cheese mixture up to a day ahead. It also makes a great sandwich or bagel spread or a thick dip for crudites.
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Our Test Kitchens staffers found that using a serrated knife works best for cutting the rolls after the first bake time. If you're a fan of dried cranberries, they make a great substitute for dried cherries.
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Vegetable Samosas with Mint Chutney
This dish uses leftover mashed potatoes to make a big batch of Indian-inspired snacks. Serve warm or at room temperature with the cilantro and mint chutney.
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Rosemary Roasted Almonds
Fresh rosemary gives wonderful fragrance and flavor to this roasted almond recipe, and chili powder provides just the right amount of spiciness. Serve to party guests or as an everyday snack.
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Maple syrup provides a touch of sweet, while ground red pepper adds heat to this quick and easy snack. A heatproof spatula works best to combine and spread the ingredients into the pan.
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Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper Guacamole with Homemade Tortilla Chips
When storing this guacamole, press plastic wrap against its surface to keep it from turning brown. You can use it to liven up a turkey sandwich or as a condiment in a vegetable wrap.
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Nectarine, Prosciutto, and Arugula Bundles
These wonderful bites are a truly perfect for unexpected guests; they take all of two minutes to put together and use one of the season's best fruits. Stone fruits and pork products pair extremely well together, so you also could use plums, peaches, or apricots, with slices of ham or salami. Arugula provides crunch and bitterness to contrast the rich prosciutto and sweet fruit.
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Bruschetta with Warm Tomatoes
Use any variety of small tomatoes you find at the market; for a gorgeous look, mix tomato colors and shapes, such as yellow and orange pear tomatoes paired with red grape tomatoes.
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Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix
Snack on this salty, spicy mix before dinner. And if there's any left, toss it on a salad.
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Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip
We're not kidding when we say these baked chips capture all the flavor of the fried kind with much less fat. Add a creamy, cheesy dressing for dipping that only tastes sinful and you've got what's quite possibly the perfect snack. If you have access to a mandoline, use it to ensure uniform paper-thin slices.
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If you have a sweet tooth, add a teaspoon of honey after cooking for more flavor. This small amount of sugar is worth the trade—it doesn't significantly increase the calories.
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Asian Party Mix
Sesame rice crackers and wasabi peas add crunch and fire to this asian party snack mix. It's perfect as an appetizer or snack, and oh-so-easy to make.
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Peppered Peanut Brittle
Pepper adds an unexpected bit of heat to the brittle, but you can omit it for a traditional version. To wrap, place pieces of brittle in clear food-safe cellophane bags, then tie with ribbon.
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Cinnamon Crisps with Blackberries and Yogurt
This recipe is just as tasty with fresh blueberries or strawberries. If you can't find wonton wrappers, egg roll wrappers work equally well--just cut them into 3 1/2-inch squares.