Healthy Snacks for the New Year and the New You

It’s that time of year again, time for New Years’ resolutions, new habits, new outlooks and of course new diets. Call me cynical but I’m not into the whole resolution thing. I think it’s great that people want to start the new year off right, but let’s be honest, if you’re one of those who waits until a certain day, or tomorrow, or after the weekend, chances are you’ll never start.

I don’t like New Years’ resolutions mainly because I find it silly- why not start today? Or right now? You don’t need to quit everything cold turkey or drastically change up your life in one day. That’s not realistic.

What is realistic though, is starting small. Make a few changes- maybe one per day- and you’ll be inspired to do more. For example, try to reach for more water throughout the day instead of soft drinks. With each small change, you’ll become more aware of how good it feels and you won’t feel like you’re completely depriving yourself. Also, when you do fall off the wagon, you won’t feel as bad and have the urge to say “to he’ll with it”.

To help you make small changes and become healthier this year, here is a list of 100 calorie snack ideas (that are actually delicious and nutritious). Who knows, maybe changing up those greasy potato chips for some fruit or cheese will inspire you to make even more or even bigger changes- making it easier for you to stay on track and stay healthy.

-celery with natural peanut butter or almond butter (I say natural because there are so many new brands out there that are much healthier. I love peanut butter and its not unhealthy but you can’t get away with eating too much of it. I like PB2 which is one of the most healthy out there right now. It’s powder form but it’s super easy to make -just mix with water- and tastes exactly the same. Look for peanut butter with no extra ingredients, just peanuts, especially none with hydrogenated oils! This is also a favorite snack of Olivia Munn who if you haven’t noticed, looks amazing…….)

-1 slice turkey breast with 1 slice Swiss cheese

-3 cups air-popped popcorn

-1 1/2 oz part-skim mozzarella and 1 tomato slice

-2 1/2 cups watermelon (Jennifer Love Hewitt’s go to sweets-craving snack)

-1 medium apple

-2 tablespoons hummus and 11 baby carrots

-14 almonds (Bethenny Frankel uses almonds in a lot of her Skinny Girl recipes)

-3 clementines

-Sliced rep pepper (a favorite energy booster of dance hottie Karina Smirnoff)

-1 cup chopped mango

-15 raspberries

-2 tablespoons of guacamole and 5 tortilla chips (VS model Alessandra Ambrosio is a huge guac lover- and we can all agree she looks amazing too…..)

-1/2 cup edamame

-2 bars fruit leather

Try swapping out some of your less healthy snacks for these yummy options and start feeling better about staying on track- not just for the new year, but for all year long. Small changes can make a big improvement.

xxx SSG

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