Lady Smarts 3 protein-packed snacks you can make in minutes

Stuck in a snack rut? Look no further.

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You could down a whole savory bag of these crunchy bad boys for less than 300 calories—but try to keep it to one serving at a time. You’ll also get a shot of protein, fiber, and calcium, which (again) all help with weight loss, plus vitamins A and C. And since a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack of 200 calories or less helps get you to your next meal, pair these chips with a healthy protein or fat, like a piece of hard cheese or beef jerky for staying power. play

You could down a whole savory bag of these crunchy bad boys for less than 300 calories—but try to keep it to one serving at a time. You’ll also get a shot of protein, fiber, and calcium, which (again) all help with weight loss, plus vitamins A and C. And since a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack of 200 calories or less helps get you to your next meal, pair these chips with a healthy protein or fat, like a piece of hard cheese or beef jerky for staying power.

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You know that feeling: It's 3 p.m., your energy is slumping, and despite that hearty salad you ate at lunch, you're starving.

But while it's tempting to load up on starchy, carby treats (hello, vending-machine pretzels) for a quick fix, they're not super filling—leaving you at risk for some serious hanger later on in the day.

That's why we teamed up with Hormel to share three delicious, protein-filled healthy snacks that will keep you full until dinner.

And because they're served on a stick, they can double as fun appetizers at your next party, or make a cute addition to your kid's lunch box. Besides: Everything tastes better on a stick, right?

Deli Turkey Kabobs

Ingredients:

4 slices whole-grain bread

1/4 head lettuce

10 grape tomatoes

2 slices cheese

8 slices Hormel® Natural Choice® Oven Roasted Deli Turkey

4 skewers

Directions:

1. Cut bread into four squares.

2. Cut slices of cheese into quarters.

3. Cut lettuce into bite-size pieces.

4. Arrange tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, bread, and turkey onto skewers—and distribute ingredients evenly. Enjoy!

Serves four.

Banana Bacon Bites

Ingredients:

1 banana

1/4 cup SKIPPY® Creamy Natural Peanut Butter Spread

1 strip Hormel® Natural Choice® Original Uncured Bacon

4 skewers

Directions:

1. Cook bacon on a stovetop or bake in the oven until bacon is fully cooked and crispy.

2. Chop bacon into small pieces and slice banana.

3. Spread peanut butter on banana slices and sprinkle with bacon bits

4. Arrange bananas onto skewers. Option: Add strawberries for color and fun!

Serves four.

Ham And Melon Skewers

Ingredients:

1/2 pound Hormel® Natural Choice® Honey Deli Ham

2 cups cubed melon (honeydew, cantaloupe, etc.)

1 tablespoon balsamic glaze

1/4 cup fresh small basil leaves

Directions:

1. Thread ham and melon onto six 6-inch skewers.

2. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and top with basil leaves.

SERVES 6

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