Unlike potato chips or Cheetos, popcorn is a snack you can feel good about grabbing by the handful. Popcorn is actually a whole grain, and a 2.5-cup serving has just 70 calories, 13 grams of carbohydrates and three grams of fiber. Either air-pop your popcorn or pop it in a plain paper bag in the microwave. Then top it with a small amount of your favorite spice—cinnamon, curry powder, chili powder and Parmesan cheese are all tasty and healthy options.
A great swap for rice or pasta, this tiny powerhouse grain contains nearly twice as much filling fiber as other grains. It’s also a complete plant-based protein that contains all the essential amino acids your body requires, along with other vital nutrients, including vitamin E, a range of B vitamins and minerals such as iron. With a mild, nutty flavor quinoa tends to absorb other flavors, which makes it easy to flavor with spices, olive oil and cooking broths.
Just because you’re trying to cut your carbs and eat healthy doesn’t mean you need to live like a monk. Wine is typically lower in cabs by nature—especially compared with beer or ales. Plus, red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. A five-ounce glass of wine has anywhere between zero and four carbs, according to WineFolly.com. So at the end of a meal, if you can’t have dessert, a glass of wine won’t do you any harm.