Thursday, August 16, 2012

Choose Snacks Wisely

Sometimes a busy schedule may leave limited time to prepare or even eat a healthy meal.  So take advantage of snacks to keep you energized throughout the day.  Snacking can reduce overconsumption the next time you sit down for a meal.  Avoid reaching for that candy in the mid-afternoon for a quick "pick me up" or stopping by the drive through of a fast food restaurant.  Maximize your energy with foods rich in vitamins and minerals.  Wash fruits and vegetables before storing for a ready to eat snack.  When purchasing pre-packaged food items, check the serving size and compare calorie, fat, fiber, and sugar contents of different brands.

Whether sending children to school with healthy snacks or an adult fueling a workday, try some simple snacks to stay focused and fight hunger.
  • Slice banana on whole wheat bread
  • Top celery stalks with peanut butter and raisins
  • Munch on bell peppers, cucumber slices, carrot sticks, and cherry tomatoes
  • Create a trail mix: dried fruit, nuts, and whole wheat cereal
  • Low fat cottage cheese with fruit and a dash of cinnamon
  • Dried fruit (no added sugar)
  • Unsalted vegetable juice
  • Reduced salt popcorn
Snack smart!

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