110 smart snacks for nurses

Between the (little) bread
Mini sandwiches, made with perfectly proportioned “bread,” are just-right packages to grab and eat when you have only a few minutes to spare. Here are scrumptious, out-of-the-ordinary ideas:

o Slices of cheddar and apple with whole-grain mustard on slider buns (tiny hamburger buns)
o Scrambled egg topped with prosciutto in a mini pita pocket
o Curried tuna (or chicken) salad mixed on a raisin mini muffin
o Sliced white meat turkey, avocado and cranberry chutney on whole grain crackers
o Ham on a cheddar scone
o Turkey with pesto (instead of mayo) on a biscuit
o Goat cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes on a mini baguette or baguette slices (toss the tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in a 425 degree F oven until caramelized, about 20 minutes)
o Chocolate-hazelnut spread and sliced bananas (or pear or strawberries) on a brioche
o Smoked salmon and cucumber with light cream cheese on appetizer-size pumpernickel bread
o Almond butter and jelly spread between mini rice cakes
o Tea sandwiches like cucumber and watercress with goat cheese; egg salad with bacon; cream cheese on date-nut bread
o Black bean and light jack cheese quesadilla made with mini tortillas

Skinny snacks (100 calories or less)
There’s a reason why so many food companies have created a 100-calorie snack pack: It’s just enough to keep you satisfied without adding extra pounds.

o 25 jelly beans
o 4 Hershey’s Kisses
o 25 pistachio nuts
o 2 licorice sticks
o 12 meringue minis
o 2 large graham cracker squares with 1 teaspoon peanut butter sandwiched in between
o 1½ cups unbuttered air-popped popcorn sprinkled with salt, lemon pepper and ½ tablespoon Parmesan cheese
o 1 cup blueberries, raspberries or strawberries
o ½ cup edamame beans
o Deviled egg made with light mayonnaise
o 1 cup tomato soup (made with water)
o 6 large shrimp with a squeeze of lemon
o 3 ounces cottage cheese (try a sprinkle of celery salt) with 3 whole wheat crackers
o 3 ounces deli turkey
o 1 packet instant oatmeal made with water (150 calories if you opt for the maple and brown sugar variety)
o 1 orange, sliced and marinated in ½ tablespoon orange juice, ½ tablespoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon sugar and a pinch of cinnamon

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