Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Get High on Low-Carb Snacks! OMNI Medical Center 's List of Top Healthy Munchies

When many of us are dieting, sometimes it's hard to choose what we can (and can't!) eat...

We know we should have 3 meals a day, and 2-3 snacks...but what can we nosh on in between breakfast & lunch, and between lunch & dinner?

OMNI Medical Center has a list of top low-carb snacks for patients on our medical weight loss program, as well as everyone who's on a diet!

Here's some healthy snack ideas for you to enjoy:

1. Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups
Use about 4 cheese cubes for this snack. Roll about 1 ounce of organic sliced roasted turkey breast around 2 cheese cubes and repeat with the remaining cheese and turkey to make a total of two small (but filling!) roll-ups.

2. Side Salad Topped with a Hard-Boiled Egg or Avocado
Top a typical side salad with a hard-boiled egg or 1/4 chopped avocado, drizzle with a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1-2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar or 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette.

3. Large Artichoke
Cut an artichoke in half (from the stem to the tip) and cut out the inedible thistle part of the center of the artichoke. Place in microwave-safe, covered container with 1/2 cup water and cook on high until tender throughout (about 6 minutes for one artichoke or 10 minutes for two). Enjoy with lemon juice or 2 teaspoons of canola oil or olive oil mayonnaise.

4. Avocado and Shrimp Cocktail
Toss 2 ounces of cooked thawed shrimp with 1/4 avocado (chopped) and a tablespoon of cocktail sauce.

5. Eating out? Order a typical fast-food Caesar side salad with grilled chicken (no dressing)

6. Peanut Butter & Celery Sticks
Serve 3 celery stalks with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (we like Skippy Natural).

7. A Handful of Nuts
A handful, depending on the size of the hand, can be the ideal snack portion: a quarter cup. You can keep roasted, unsalted mixed nuts on hand or choose any variation of nuts (we like almonds and cashews the best).

8. Edamame Bowl
A super-convenient way to enjoy high protein soybeans as a snack is to put 3/4 cup of frozen, (organic) shelled edamame into a microwave-safe bowl and micro-cook them for a few minutes or until nice and hot. Sprinkle with pepper and 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, if desired.

9. Carrot Sticks and Hummus
Cut one medium-sized carrot into sticks or coins and serve with 1/4-cup hummus.

10. Almond Milk Latte (iced or hot)
Blend a cup of almond milk with a shot or two (1/8 to 1/4 cup) of espresso or triple-strength coffee (decaf if you're sensitive to caffeine). Serve over or blend with 3/4 cup crushed ice for a refreshing (and energizing for some!) iced almond milk latte.

For more fun healthy snack ideas or to learn about the medical weight loss program at OMNI Medical Center, visit us at: OMNI Medical Center .
Here's to healthy snack time for everyone!
--The OMNI Medical Center Team

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