You know balanced meals are the way to go, but what about your snacks? These light yet hearty bites will stave off midday hunger pangs for hours, making them perfect for work or school lunches. Dig in!
Parsley, lemon juice, and salt provide flavor for tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern dish made with bulgher wheat, that's delicious served with pita wedges. Makes 4 1/2 cups (187 calories per 3/4-cup serving).
These bars can be stored in an airtight container for two to three days, and are perfect for an after-work snack. They're a good source of potassium, and each has as much fiber as a serving of bran cereal. Makes 8 bars (194 calories each).
Mustard Chicken with Apple
Serve 3 ounces cooked chicken breast (turkey or lean pork work well, too) with 1/2 small Granny Smith apple and 2 teaspoons good whole-grain mustard. Serves 1 (185 calories).
Tuna and White Beans
Mix 2 ounces drained, water-packed tuna with 3 tablespoons cooked white beans. Top with a simple dressing of 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, pepper, and 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Serves 1 (172 calories).
Chilled Tofu, Japanese-Style
Silken tofu is smooth and creamy, much like a custard. Served with flavorful condiments, it provides a protein-rich, bite-size snack. Makes 4 servings (136 calories each).
Yogurt Basil Soup with Tomato Ice
This summery soup is perfect for serving to friends and family on a hot day. Makes one quart (124 calories per serving).
Mini Bacon and Cheese Toasts
When you're craving bacon and nothing else will do, try these tiny toasts -- they're low in calories but big on flavor (32 calories per slice).
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