Here’s some happy news: You don’t have to ignore your sweet tooth. In fact, indulging your sugar cravings with the right picks is a smart weight loss strategy. If you allow yourself just one little splurge per day and keep it under 200 calories, you can stay on track. Here are some snacks for Slimming: This delish healthy Apple Crumble dish rings in at around 175 calories, including the yummy toppings. Your’ll never notice that the calorie-heavy pie crust is gone.
Apple Crumble Directions:
Dice a granny smith apple and saute in a nonstick pan for 4 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon and cook until the sugar melts. Plate it and top with 1 Tbsp granola and 1 tsp chopped pecans.
Healthy Low Calorie Apple Crumble
Vanilla Pumpkin Pudding
You won’t believe how much this concoction tastes like pumpkin pie at only 60 calories;
In a bowl, mix 6oz nonfat vanilla yogurt (greek or traditional) + 1/2 cup 100% pumpkin puree and a dash of ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Top with 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts and raisins.
Skinny Pumpkin-Banana Smoothie
The pumpkin gives the smoothie its festive flair, plus a massive dose of beta carotene, a nutrient that helps keep your skin looking youthful and fresh.
Combine 1 banana, 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree, 1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 3 to 5 ice cubes in a blender and puree until smooth and frothy. Makes 1 (2.5 cup) serving. 195 calories per serving.
Skinny Pop Corn
Who doesn’t love popcorn? Well you can still have it and lose weight. Forget those package popcorn brands they are full of trans fats and hydrogenated oils, that are referred to as processed foods. Making popcorn yourself with olive oil and fresh herbs, will save you a lot of calories and fat that you just don’t need. You will love this Skinny Pop Corn Recipe.
–Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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