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Snack Healthy – Shop Lightly

  • 26th July 2010 |
  • Author: Iris

Snack healthy, shop lightly.  Make a list before you take your weekly shopping trip.   Snack on fresh fruit, unsalted nuts, or low-fat string cheese beforehand to avoid buying more on an empty stomach.

When you go food shopping, always look at labels before purchasing so you won’t get more calories, sugars and fat than you bargained for.  A granola bar is a good example of a snack that people think is healthy.   Although granola bars can be a good source of certain vitamins and nutrients, many also contain a great deal of fat, including a particularly harmful type of fat called trans fat.    There may be a lot of sugar in granola cereals and bars, too.    So, check the Nutrition Facts label on the package to be sure you’re selecting a healthy snack.

The most fail-proof way to select healthy snacks and nutritious food is to select raw fruits, vegetables and nuts.  Eat more blue (berries), purple (plums, or eggplant) and green (broccoli) foods.  Replace that vending machine junk food with snacks packed with more nutrients and antioxidants.

Here’s a list of a few healthy snacks to keep on hand to keep your energy level even and your mind alert:

  • bananas
  • raw almonds
  • raw mixed nuts
  • celery with peanut butter or cottage cheese
  • grapes
  • apples
  • oranges
  • whole-grain crackers with cottage cheese
  • cherry tomatoes
  • blueberries

When you’re trying to get fit and well, snacking is a great way to manage hunger, maintain even energy levels, and prevent bingeing.  However, pre-planning is the key if you want to make the best choices and create smarter snacking habits.

Do you have any nutritious snacks you enjoy that you would like to add to the list?.

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