Snack Attack? Try These Nourishing, Good-For-You Healthy Snack Ideas by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN

2 years ago

Snack Attack? Try These Nourishing, Good-For-You Healthy Snack Ideas

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
  • 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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Elisa Schmitz
Very helpful timeline, calorie count and snack suggestions, Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN . Thank you for sharing your insights!
Egan Patricia
I have a bad habit of snacking. I will keep this in mind and try for the good snack foods.

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