Healthy Snacking

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

Snacks can be an extra way to get in daily nutrients in a healthful way. Also, getting a snack in could help manage your hunger and prevent over indulging at your next meal. Try to incorporate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat or fat free milk and dairy products and lean meats.

Focus on heart healthy snacks that include fiber, omega-3s, are low in sodium, and saturated fat. Typically when you have to read the label to see if it is healthy it is not the healthiest choice…it may be Okay just not “the healthiest”. When choosing packaged foods as a snack be mindful of portion size. We all like to snack on foods that may not be “the healthiest choice” and really it is okay as long as portions are limited or reasonable to leave room for the good stuff.

Portions: If you are on the go like many of us are prepare your snack ahead of time. Grab a snack bag and pre-portion your snack. Snacks can easily add to your calorie load so plan snacks with your daily caloric intake in mind.

Healthy Snack Options:

  • Low-fat/nonfat yogurt + berries

  • 3 graham cracker squares + nonfat milk

  • Whole grain bread or crackers + Peanut butter

  • Popcorn + raisins

  • Apples and cheese or peanut butter

  • Nuts + dried fruit

  • Low fat pudding + banana

  • Whole grain cereal + milk

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