Snacks can be a healthy way to recharge and help you get through the day. Feel like you're out of easy snack ideas? Never fear! These healthy eating solutions will get you from a.m. to p.m. without fuss (or too much fat) but with a lot of flavor!
Even though they're healthy and easy to toss into your bag on your way out the door, bananas, apples and carrots can start to make you yawn after several days in a row, week-in and week-out.
To prevent snack boredom (and even unhealthy snacking), mix up your options. Look for convenience (whether pre-packaged or put together at home), snacks that are lower in fat, calories and sodium, and high in fiber (like whole grains) to keep you feeling full. Try to make a meal plan the night before you're heading out the door -- a plan will help keep you from reaching for whatever is handy.
Dips are a great way to give veggies added pizzazz! Take a look at this fresh dip:
Perfect paired with crunchy veggies or homemade pita chips, this bean-based dip is smooth, creamy and easy to put together.
Yields 2 cups
If you're a chocolate lover, you know it's going to happen… maybe it strikes at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., but that chocolate bar will eventually call out your name! Stand firm and be prepared!
Even though we've all read that, in moderation, dark chocolate can be good for you (it contains antioxidants to help strengthen your immune system, after all), you don't want to go crazy and overindulge with the candy bars.
Instead, portion out an ounce or less of your favorite chocolate and enjoy it with a handful of healthy nuts. Consider making a cup of hot cocoa -- made with low-fat milk. You'll get a nice dose of calcium and protein and satisfy your craving with fewer calories and fat than a candy bar. Make your own granola or trail mix and include chocolate pieces -- the portions will be far less than a chocolate bar, but the taste will satisfy.
You can indulge in healthy and tasty snacks that won't put you over the edge! Remember to mix things up, prepare your snacks in advance and keep portions in control.
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