Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
Ashton and Mila. Kim and Kanye. Amber and Johnny. PEOPLE.com is packed with perfect celebrity pairings. So I thought, hey, let’s take a moment to talk about great snack pairings — you know, the kind of healthy nibbles you might enjoy while reading through your favorite celeb-mag website!
Strawberries + Crumbled Reduced-Fat Feta Cheese
I love pairing cheese with fruit! Start with 10 large strawberries. Slice off about 1/3-inch off the top, exposing the hollow canal inside the berry (use a narrow spoon handle or straw to make it a little larger, if needed). Stuff 1/4 cup feta crumbles into the strawberries, and then stuff the berries into your mouth! The whole snack has only 125 calories and 4.5g fat.
Cole Slaw Mix + Seasoned Rice Vinegar
This is such a refreshing snack to keep in the fridge. Just toss 4 cups of bagged cole slaw mix with 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar, and refrigerate overnight to let the flavor soak in. Nice! Each cup has around 35 calories and no fat.
Tuna + Cucumber Slices
The key to this snack? StarKist Tuna Creations pouches of pre-seasoned tuna. My favorite flavor is the Sweet & Spicy. Just slice up 10 round cucumber slices, and top with the tuna. Crunch away for 110 calories and 2g fat. Who needs crackers?
Salsa + Hard-Boiled Egg Whites
I love snacking on hard-boiled egg whites for pure protein goodness. When you pop out the yolks, you’re left with perfect little wells to fill with flavor! One of my favorite toppers is salsa: Add a teaspoon of salsa to each egg-white half. Have six salsa-fied egg-white halves for 60 calories and less than 0.5g fat.
Turkey Slices + Light String Cheese
Here’s another quick and easy protein-packed pick! Take an ounce of sliced 97 – 98% fat-free turkey breast (2-4 slices), and wrap it around a stick of light string cheese. It’s totally satisfying when midday hunger hits, and only 85 calories and 3g fat. Wanna make this couple a trio? Dip it in some mustard.
Cantaloupe + Light Vanilla Ice Cream
Yes, ice cream can be on your lightened-up diet. Cut a medium cantaloupe in half, scoop out the seeds, and spoon a 1/2-cup scoop of light vanilla ice cream into the center. The vanilla goes great with the melon, and you’ll be a lot more full than if you just had the ice cream. This massive snack has just 200 calories and 3.5g fat.
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!