3 Slow-to-Consume Snacks

Featured Article, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Nutrition
on November 30, 2012

Snacks can be a waist-watcher’s secret weapon, if you choose wisely. These three nutritious nibbles force you to slow down and savor. Choose the unshelled version of each—studies have shown you’re likely to eat much less, both because peeling takes time, and because the discarded shells serve as a visual cue to how much you’ve consumed.

Pistachios. Low in saturated fat, high in antioxidants, potassium and vitamin B6, pistachios pack a powerful nutritional punch. For 100 calories, you can have 30 pistachios—enough to keep your energy up and appetite at bay.

Edamame. These young soybeans may be sushi restaurant standards, but they’re gaining widespread popularity as a snack. One-half a cup (without shells) has 120 calories, 11g of protein, 9g of fiber and a significant dose of iron.

Shrimp. This holiday buffet favorite has heart-healthy omega-3s in spades, but is low in fat overall. Plus, a 3-ounce serving (about 5 jumbo shrimp) has less than 90 calories.