Make Harley Pasternak’s Favorite Healthy Snacks

06/12/2013 at 03:30 PM ET

Harley Pasternak
Courtesy Harley Pasternak

One of the many reasons I love my wife … she is a fantastic cook!

Yesterday, she made me my two of my favorite snacks – and a delicious lunch.

I thought it would only be fair if I shared the recipes with you. They all take no more than five minutes of prep time, and with the exception of the baked apple, require little to no cooking time.

Plus: Each snack is under 150 calories. (The tuna melts, designed to be a single serving for lunch, only have 343 calories.) And all are loaded with protein and fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer. I hope you enjoy!

Harley Pasternak
Courtesy Harley Pasternak

Baked Apple/Pear Delight

This has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It tastes like dessert – like an apple crumble. Fortunately, this one is much healthier and far easier to make.

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients
• 1 apple or pear
• Cinnamon
• 1 cup fat-free Greek yogurt (or non-fat goat yogurt)
• Water
• 2 tbsp. All-Bran

– Preheat oven to 375º.
– Place one inch of water into a glass baking dish.
– Core out apple or pear with corer.
– Place fruit into glass dish and cover in cinnamon.
– Bake for 1½ hour.
– Reduce heat to 200º for another 20 minutes.
– In a separate bowl, place 1 cup of fat free Greek (or non-fat goat) yogurt. Either leave plain, or sweeten with a sweetener of your choice.
– Place apple or pear on top of yogurt and pour 3 tbsps. of the cinnamon-water over the fruit.
– Add 2 tablespoons of All-Bran.

Nutrition
135 calories
0 grams fat
12 gram protein
5 grams fiber

Harley Pasternak
Courtesy Harley Pasternak

Lite Avocado Dip

I love avocado. It’s a healthy fat but must be eaten with restraint as it is very high in calories. So, Jess blends a little avocado with some Greek yogurt, creating a lower calorie dip, with a nice addition of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Try dipping with some cut veggies.

Makes 3 servings

¾ raw avocado
6 oz. fat-free Greek yogurt
Handful of cilantro
Garlic or garlic powder
lime juice
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. lemon pepper

1. Mix together all the ingredients and blend them in a blender. Serve.

Nutrition (for three servings)
346 calories
22 grams fat
21 grams protein
10 grams fiber

Harley Pasternak
Courtesy Harley Pasternak

Terrific Tuna Melt

I love cheese, I love tuna salad – and I love bagels. Needless to say, I love tuna melts. This is my lunch at least once a week.

Makes 1 lunch serving

1 can of chunk light tuna in water
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. light mayo
• 1 Thomas “Everything Bagel” Bagel Thin
• ½ cup low-fat cheddar cheese

Directions
– Drain can of tuna and combine with lemon juice and fat-free/light mayo. Blend together.
– Distributed tuna over bagel thin.
– Sprinkle cheese on top.
– Bake in toaster oven/oven until cheese has melted.

Nutrition
343 calories
5 grams fat
33 grams protein
5 grams fiber

Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share? Tweet me @harleypasternak!

—Harley Pasternak

Check back every Wednesday for more insider tips on Hollywood’s hottest bodies – and learn how to get one yourself! Plus: follow Harley on Twitter at @harleypasternak.

FILED UNDER: Expert Tips , Health , Recipes , Snack

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