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Easy Snack Ideas for a Healthy Diet
Most experts agree that snacking is a part of a balanced and healthy diet, as long as the snacks dont pile on empty calories. Like any other part of your diet, its important to put some thought into what kind of snacks to have on hand; otherwise its all too easy to pick something high-calorie, high-fat, or high-sugar.
Its a good idea to not let yourself get too hungry before eating a meal or snack, since this is a surefire way to encourage overeating. Drinking sufficient water throughout the day (8-10 glasses is generally recommended) will not only serve to keep you well-hydrated, but will also help you feel less hungry. Another good idea is to include some protein with your snacks, as this will help keep you feeling full for a longer period of time.
Following are some ideas for different types of snacks. You may be hungry for different kinds of snacks at different times, or on different days. Pick what sounds best, what you have on hand, and what fits best into your eating plan or strategy.
Light microwave popcorn
Baked tortilla chips
Raw veggies (try a dip with ranch seasoning and fat-free sour cream)
Chocolate milk (made with lowfat milk)
Cottage cheese with
(In a blender, combine 1 cup fat-free milk, 1 small banana, and a squeeze
of chocolate syrup. Optional: toss in a few ice cubes for a frostier concoction)
Light Root Beer Float
(Diet root beer with 1 cup lowfat ice cream
3 Hersheys kisses
Animal crackers (1/2 small box) and a cup of lowfat milk
I recommend keeping a list of your favorite healthy snacking ideas, either on your refrigerator, in your purse, on your computer, or even your PDA. Sometimes its hard to think of a good snack option. With your list, youll never have to worry again and it will help with shopping, too!
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