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Healthy Snacks for Dieters

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Need a healthy snack that will fit into your diet plan?

Your best bets are those which are closest to raw - or that are contained within their personal, natural packages.

But if you're looking for a dessert type snack - something a bit more than fresh fruit and vegetables can offer that will satisfy an aching sweet tooth, here are a few low calorie recipes that might ease the ache.

Low Calorie Warm Cinnamon Peaches Recipe

Purchase a bag of frozen peaches at the market which contains three servings for 50 calories each. Place the peaches into a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 2-3 minutes - until the peaches are nice and hot.

Remove from the microwave and add about 1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon. Stir to incorporate. Sprinkle on 50 calories worth or dark or light brown sugar. This makes a King Kong Snack for a tiny 200 calories so enjoy 1/2 now and the other 1/2 later.

Low Calorie Recipe for Snacking Cake

Purchase your favorite commercial cake mix. Mash 1 large banana and substitute for the oil. Add the eggs and water or other liquid as directed on the box. Bake according to package instructions. Bake in a square pan or a tube or bundt pan.

Once the cake is done, allow to cool to room temperature and use a sifter to dust with powdered sugar.

The mashed banana should add moistness to the cake without the fat in oil - and your cake will have a lot less calories without the frosting. It's a double-whammy which has now been un-whammied.

Light Fairy Pudding Recipe

There was a health study performed some years back which found that most overweight individuals had a particular food in common. Most enjoyed pudding. And it can be a very healthy dessert or snack choice when prepared with reduced fat milk.

On that note, purchase your favorite brand of pudding (cook and serve or instant) and prepare with skim milk as directed on the package. You can also purchase the sugar free varieties to save even more calories.

From this step we can take the pudding recipe into a million different directions. Here are just a few recipe suggestions:

Fairy Pudding Recipe: Mix your favorite prepared pudding with light whipped topping using equal amounts (example: 1/4 cup pudding and 1/4 cup topping).

Banana Pudding:  Add light vanilla wafers and a shot of vanilla extract to vanilla or banana flavored pudding with a few slices of fresh banana.

Chocolate Snap: Add chocolate wafers to chocolate flavored pudding that has been mixed with an equal amount of light whipped topping. Carefully incorporate the topping and the pudding. Stir in wafers than have been crushed into fine crumbs. Add another small dollop of topping to the top.

Pineapple Delight: When mixing the pudding use half of the suggested milk and use unsweetened pineapple juice for the remaining liquid. Add pineapple tidbits to the whipped pudding as well as a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir gently to incorporate.

Yogurt Recipes: You can substitute almost all of the above pudding recipes for different flavors of light, reduced fat yogurt instead of the pudding.

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