We usually eat light in hot weather and heavy in cool weather — or so the story goes. Well, we’d like to challenge that notion. Just because we can hide under bulky sweaters when the temperature drops doesn’t mean we have to pack on the pounds or forgo comforting eats. Here, certified fitness trainer and nutritionist Jay Cardiello, above, gives us seven “cold-weather” snacks, all under 80 calories.
Unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon
Amount: ½ cup
A great afternoon snack. Be sure to choose unsweetened applesauce, though.
Lean roast beef with horseradish sauce
Amount: 1 ounce beef, 1 tablespoon sauce
A solid source of protein.
Beck’s Light Beer or Miller Genuine Draft 64
Amount: 1 bottle
Great options for low-calorie tippling.
Roasted pumpkin seeds
Amount: 1½ tablespoons
Pumpkin seeds are a natural source of carbs, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They’re also known to have many health benefits from prostate cancer and osteoporosis.
Amount: ½ cup
Antioxidants from pomegranates prevent a wide range of diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Vitamins and minerals from the fruit make your immune system stronger, while its calcium and phosphorus strengthen the bones and enhance the function of brain cells.
Amount: 1 small slice
Choose desserts that are low in calories and fat and rich in fibers and vitamins. Gingerbread is a fine option.
Amount: 1 ounce
Licorice has an active ingredient called glycyrrhetinic acid, which has been shown to help reduce body-fat mass and quell your appetite.