5 Healthy Grab-and-Go snacks: It’s National Nutrition Month
By World Medical Care | 03/2o/2015
Snacking can be a valuable part of a healthy eat plan- regular munching keeps blood sugar levels stable and can help prevent overeating later in the day—but the extent of these benefits depends on one crucial variable: the kind of food you decide to intake. Eating a sugarcoated doughnut mid-morning or a greasy bag of chips at 3 p.m. and your “healthy” snacking routine is actually a belly-expanding, energy-zapping habit. A better idea: Nibble on nutritionally balanced 100- to 200-calorie snacks that contain some carbs, protein, and healthy fats.
Here are some healthy snacks to fuel your day:
Yum! Greek Yogurt- Mix plain Greek yogurt with fresh fruit to take in several grams of fiber for a fraction of the sugar, which you can find in flavored varieties—typically contain less than a 1g of dietary fiber and as much as 20 g of sugar per 6-ounce serving.
Go Nuts! An ounce of nuts packs tons of protein and fiber, as well as heart-healthy fats that can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and magnesium, which may help prevent type 2 diabetes.
Nostalgic Chocolate Milk- Quench your thirst and stifle your sweet tooth with a glass of low-fat chocolate milk. It’s a perfect post workout snack because of its mix of protein, carbs, sugar, nutrients, and electrolytes.
Go Bananas! Naturally prepackaged goodness you can take anywhere, with the added benefit of cramp-preventing potassium.
Fancy Fruit with cheese- Cut apples and pears into wedges and serve on a plate with reduced fat cheese and a few grapes. It’s a great snack to pick for busy kids with not much time to eat. If you’re on the run, pop the fruit, cheese and sultanas in a small plastic bag so they can have it ‘on the run’.
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