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Healthy Snacking

Posted Apr 23 2010 12:00am

A healthy snack can keep you going during a mid-afternoon slump.

Got the munchies? We have all been there – the mid-afternoon slump, those late night cravings…  Rest assured though, there are ways to calm the rumble of your stomach without tipping the scale.   The American Dietetic Association has these recommendations for keeping snacks healthy:

  • Plan Ahead. Does late afternoon hunger always seem to get you?  Then schedule a snack for that time.  Have a ready supply of healthy, easy-to-grab snacks, such as nuts or dried fruit, in your desk drawer at work.
  • Portion Control. Remember, it is a snack – not a three course meal.  Aim to keep the calories around 200 or less.  If you are regularly active your snacks can be closer to 200-300 calories.
  • Eat only when hungry. Make sure those hunger pains are truly just that!  Emotional stress, boredom, and/or fatigue can get you reaching for that bag of chips.  Instead, try deep breathing or taking a 10 minute walk to refresh yourself.
  • Make it Healthy. Fresh or dried fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, and low-fat or nonfat yogurt are all great options to satisfy mid-meal hunger without adding too many extra calories.

Do you have a great tip to keep snacks healthy or an idea on how to curtail a snack-attack?  Share your thoughts, we want to know!


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