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Shake Up Your Snacks: 7 Fun Ideas

Readers say the snacks they're most sick of are low-fat yogurt and apples with peanut butter. Revolutionize the 3 p.m. munchies with these seven ideas -- each with less than 150 calories.

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Cocoa-Nutty Banana
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Lemony Chickpea Salad

Whisk together 1 teaspoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/8 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives. Toss with 1/2 cup drained and rinsed canned chickpeas.

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Cinnamon Dippers

Cut a 6-inch corn tortilla into wedges, brush with 1 teaspoon melted low-fat butter, and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes. Dip cooled chips in 1/3 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt.

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Avocado Hummus

Puree 1/4 avocado, 2 tablespoons store-bought hummus, and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice in a food processor. Stir in 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives. Serve as a dip with 1 sliced red or yellow bell pepper.

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Plum Bruschetta

Mix 2 tablespoons nonfat ricotta cheese with a pinch of ground nutmeg. Spread over whole wheat toast. Top with 1 sliced plum and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon honey.

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Sweet Basil Berries

Toss 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries with 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar.

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Trail Mix 2.0

Combine 2 tablespoons tart dried cherries, 1 tablespoon chocolate chips, and 2 teaspoons slivered almonds.

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Cocoa-Nutty Banana

Slice 1/2 banana lengthwise. Spread 1 teaspoon almond butter on the flat side of each half; press into 2 teaspoons unsweetened shredded coconut. Freeze 1 to 3 hours. Dust with a pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2012.

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MsStew55 wrote:

This is a good spicy snack. Multi-grain crackers, string cheese and jalapeno slices. Place crackers on microwave plate, cut string cheese into enough pieces to place one piece on each cracker, heat in microwave until cheese starts to melt, remove, add jalapeno slice to each cracker, iced tea and enjoy.

7/30/2012 12:35:42 PM Report Abuse
maivwithlove wrote:

a beautiful recipes

7/30/2012 12:22:38 PM Report Abuse

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