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Smart Snacking

Smart Snacking

Snacks can be a great way to curb hunger and prevent overeating.  They also help you pick up key nutrients if you miss them in your meals.  But they can add calories and excess fat/sugar/salt if you don’t snack smart.  Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your snacking on track:

Follow the 3 P’s of snacking:

• Don’t leave your snack to chance (i.e. the vending machine or drive thru).  Think ahead for when you might be hungry or if you know your meal will be later than usual and have a snack handy.
• A planned snack can help you from overeating or making poor choices at your next meal

• Pre-portion a snack so you don’t end up eating the entire bag/box
• A snack should be under 200 calories

• A snack with a little protein may be more satisfying than a simple carbohydrate snack
• Pair protein with whole grains for snack staying power

Get creative with your snacking for a more satisfying snack:

 For the breakfast lover: 1 mini bagel + 1 Tablespoon Light cream cheese
• Choose a whole wheat bagel for added vitamins and minerals
• Add a few sliced strawberries to boost vitamin C and fiber

 For the nut lover: 1 ounce almonds + a few whole grain crackers
• This snack is a great source of fiber and vitamins and minerals
• Choose unsalted almonds for a lower sodium content

 For the classic snacker: 1 medium apple + 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
• The apple is a great source of fiber and tames your sweet tooth
• Peanut butter is packed with healthy fats

 For the sophisticated snacker: ½ whole wheat pita + 2 Tablespoons hummus
• Jazz it up with a few sliced olives and roasted red peppers
• This is a really satisfying snack that feels like a mini-meal

 For the crunchy, salty snacker: 1½ cups light popcorn + 1 Tablespoon parmesan
• Popcorn is a whole grain filled with vitamins and minerals
• Adding parmesan gives it lots of flavor with less added fat than butter

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