Weight-loss Challenge: Snack smarter with protein pick-me-ups

Jan. 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM ET

You’re already enjoying a daily afternoon snack, but by optimizing your choices, you can get a better midday pick-me-up.

Plan snacks that are 150 cals or less to keep total calories in check, and make sure to incorporate a protein-rich food. Protein is the nutrient with the highest fill power, and including it at snack time helps tide you over until dinner. Protein also helps you feel focused and alert so you can avoid the dreaded afternoon slump.

Best snack choices include:

  • 1 ounce (small handful) nuts, a container of nonfat Greek yogurt
  • String cheese with an orange
  • A hard-boiled egg with an apple
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds in the shell
  • Baby carrots or bell pepper strips with ¼ cup hummus
  • 1 cup edamame in the pod.

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Cut 10 percent of your calories by taking it slooow