Skinny Snack Swaps

Fitness guru Denise Austin shares three easy and delicious snack swaps to satisfy your cravings without ruining your diet.

Skinny Snack Swap #1

Unhealthy choice: Trail Mix
¼ cup = 150 calories and 9g of fat

Healthy choice: Rosemary Popcorn
1 cup popped: 20 calories


  • White popcorn kernels popped in a saucepan on the stove
  • Use olive oil (add vanilla extract oil for kettle corn)


  • In a small bowl, drizzle popcorn with 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
  • Add 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • Toss well and add black pepper to taste

Skinny Snack Swap #2

Unhealthy choice: BBQ Chips
15 chips: 150 calories and 9g of fat

Healthy choice: Teriyaki Edamame
1 cup: 120 calories and 2.5g of fat


  • Steam, boil, or microwave edamame beans
  • Let cool and sprinkle with teriyaki sauce, pressed garlic and  lemon juice.
  • Keep refrigerated for a ready-to-go snack

Skinny Snack Swap #3

Unhealthy choice: Energy/Protein Bar
1 bar: 250 calories and 22g of sugar

Healthy choice: Denise Austin No Bake Bar
1 bar: 194 calories and 6g sugar


  • 1.5 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (Any nut butter will work)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 dollops apple butter
  • Sprinkle sea salt


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until well mixed. Use wax paper to mold mixture into bars. 

Source: Denise Austin

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