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4 easy, tasty, good-for-you (or at least not bad for you) snacks

By Leslie Barker • Oct 9, 2017 at 11:52 PM

As the Resident Fitness Nag and an inveterate snacker, I’m always looking for easy, healthy treats to pop into my mouth. Here are four of my favorites:

Frozen bananas. Yeah, it sounds weird, but trust me. The recipe is rather complicated, by the way; you might need to write it down: Peel a banana. Cut into half-inch slices. Put into a plastic bag. Freeze. Yum. A banana has about 100 calories, so figure 12 per slice. Your mouth will be so happily frozen you’ll probably only want a few.

Popcorn. Pour about a quarter-cup into a brown paper bag. Squeeze out the air and seal by rolling the top of the bag down a few inches. Microwave on high for two minutes. Add salt and butter if you’d like (I won’t tell). Calorie count (sans butter) is almost embarrassingly small: 40 or so per cup.

Gingersnaps. I just discovered Triple Gingersnaps from Trader Joe’s and now have to hide them from myself. Well, not too well; they only have 22 calories apiece.

Pistachios. It’s kind of embarrassing how many pistachio shells I find in my car and kitchen countertop. How can I help myself? It takes 23 of those little nuts to make 100 calories.

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