Snack Attack? Try These Nourishing, Good-For-You Healthy Snack Ideas by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN
Snacking is a good thing to do at certain times throughout the day. When that mid-morning slump hits or afternoon sweet tooth kicks in, what do you do? Most people run to the nearest vending machine or the corner coffee shop, when instead indulging your cravings with healthy snacks would work better in the long run.
Arm yourself with healthy ammunition and plan snacks into your day. Healthy snack attack ammunition: protein + produce. Here are some ideas:
- Cottage cheese (1/2 cup) + cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes
- Yogurt, plain (6 ounces.) + 1/2 cup berries
- Peanut butter, natural (1 tablespoon) + a small banana
- Hummus (2 tablespoons) + baby carrots (6) + radish slices
Ideally, fit snacks in between meals, so that you are essentially eating six smaller meals throughout the day:
- Morning: two hours after breakfast (i.e., breakfast at 8 a.m.; snack at 10 a.m.)
- Afternoon: three hours after lunch (i.e, lunch at 12:30 p.m.; snack at 3:30 p.m.)
- Evening: two hours after dinner (i.e., dinner at 6:30 p.m.; snack at 8:30 p.m.)
Remember, calories count, so limit snacks to 150 to 200 calories.
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