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Healthy Snacking, Part 2
(continued from Part 1)
So take control of your nutritional environment and always have a variety of healthy snack options available at your finger tips. Here are some helpful, general guidelines:
- Keep snack calories between 100-250 per serving.
- Space your snacks about 3 hours after mealtime.
- Focus on whole, “real” foods with little to no ingredients list.
- Plate your snack before you eat it and be conscious by savoring each and every bite.
- Avoid snacking in front of distracting influences like the TV and computer.
- Consume packaged snacks from small, single-serving containers/bags.
Here are my top snack picks:
- Nuts/Seeds– any variety, packaged or bulk fresh (limit to 1 small handful, about 1 oz.)
- Cut fresh veggies (carrots, celery, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower)—dip in hummus/bean dips, guacamole, or salsa to jack up its flavor and nutrient profile.
- Soy nuts, dried wasabi peas
- Wasa, Ak-mak, Kashi TLC or other 100% whole grain crackers with non-fat cheese, peanut butter, hummus, salsa, guacamole, sardines, smoked salmon
- Stone ground tortilla chips or baked chips dipped in hummus, salsa or guacamole
- Synder’s Oat Bran or Honey Wheat Sticks
- Stacy’s Multigrain Pita Chips
- Low fat plain yogurt (sweeten with a little sugar if you must)
- Part-skim mozzarella or other reduced fat (2% milk) cheeses (try convenient cheese sticks)
- Dried fruit (avoid if overweight, diabetic or insulin resistant)
- Granola bars (Kashi), trail mix, Luna or Pria bars
- Dark chocolate – 60% or more cocoa (limit to ½ -1 oz.)
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