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Friday, February 19, 2016

Healthy Hot Snacks to Warm Your Heart and Body

Healthy Hot Snack on Celebrate Plate (photo by LivligaHome)

In the dead of winter or when I am really tired I want food that is easy, comforting and hot. It is interesting to me that so much of healthy food is raw and cold. The other day I decided to roam around the internet to look for ideas for a healthy hot snack. Much to my surprise I couldn't find much for a list of ideas or even a few recipes for hot snacks under 200 calories. I decided to build my own list. Here is what I come up with so far:

Snacks to put in a mug
Broth (1 cup) with a savory biscotti  --110 calories
Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque Soup (1 cup) with Melba Toast (3 pieces) topped with Melted Parmesan (1 tsp per piece) --162 calories
Hot cocoa (1 cup) with Good Luck cookies, warmed -- 172 calories


Snacks for a side plate
Applesauce Bran Muffin warmed, cut in half with honey (1 tsp per half) --172 calories
Scrambled Eggbeaters (1/2 cup) with roasted vegetables (1 cup) --151 calories
Tortilla (1 low carb) filled with 2% shredded cheddar (1/4 cup) and spinach topped with picante sauce-- 161 calories
Rosemary Dark Chocolate chip cookies (2), warmed with a hot cup of green tea --176 calories

Snacks that are more like a meal
English muffin (1 whole) with PB2 (2 tablespoons), 1 slice pre-cooked bacon and grilled sliced apple (1/2 apple) --207 calories
Baked Sweet Potato (1 medium) topped with plain nonfat Greek Yogurt (2 tablespoons) and herbs --138 calories
Pizza- Lean Cuisine has a variety of options between 160 - 210 calories

Snacks that are truly quick and easy
Instant Oatmeal (1 packet) with nonfat milk (1/4 cup) --160 calories
Apple sauce, unsweetened (1/2 cup) with 1% lowfat cottage cheese (3/4 cup) warmed in the microwave --172 calories
Microwave Popcorn (1 bag)  --160 calories


Need Another Idea?: Reinforce healthy eating with inspiration by collecting Livliga's new dinnerware line--Celebrate: The Poetry of Life. Its stunning black and white design, reminicent of a French bistro, features etched drawings and poetry, fostering the sense of feeling good and imagining what is possible. Its time to Celebrate!