9 Power Snacks to Bridge the Lunch-to-Dinner Gap


Redbook Logo  Sunflower Seeds

This classic snack is more than a staple in baseball player’s diets — it should be a staple in your purse. Nutritionist Stella Mestovas, B.S., CCN says, “Sunflower seeds are perfect sources of protein, fatty acids, and Vitamin E — considered the king of antioxidants.  I love blending them within my power smoothies by mixing a handful of berries, coconut milk, sunflower seeds and powdered cocoa.”

 

Raw Almonds

Raw almonds are chock full of fat — the good kind, that is. To mix in this heart-healthy source of protein, Mestovas says, “I love my Asian-inspired Almond & Lettuce Wraps: Take a leaf of lettuce, add sliced cucumber and slivered almonds, and glaze the top with tamari (a wheat-free soy sauce).” If you’re not an almond fan, go for walnuts or peanuts — but skip the salted varieties.

Turkey Slices

Snacking on turkey slices is a great way to keep hunger down before dinner, but be wary of fat content in deli slices. Sass suggests, “Only buy organic brands…in that case you’re getting a lean protein produced without hormones, antibiotics and artificial preservatives that’s free from artery-clogging animal fat.” Mestovas mentions, “Try my Mediterranean-style Turkey Wrap by taking a thin slice of turkey and wrapping around a cube of feta cheese and sliced tomato; hold in place with a toothpick.” Afternoon hors d’oeuvres, anyone?

Tuna

Make no mistake, the “chicken of the sea” is, in fact, a fish. Like many other ocean dwellers, nutrient-dense tuna is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are key in keeping a heart healthy. Mestovas says, “Making a tuna salad out of Greek yogurt mixed with dried cranberries and pecans is so healthy and decadent—add on top of a piece of sprouted bread or a lettuce leaf.”