Healthy Snacks

Better Homes and Gardens recently published a great list of healthy snacks to keep on hand at all times.  You can find the full list here.  Below, I call out my favorites from their list and add some of my own.

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From Better Homes & Gardens

  • Fruits —  While Better Homes & Gardens recommends dried fruits, I suggest fresh strawberries.  You can eat your fill of fresh strawberries and still ring in under 100 calories.  Apples, too, are easy to throw into your bag before you leave the house.
  • Cottage Cheese — This pairs well with the strawberries I mentioned above.  One quarter cup of fat-free cottage cheese counts as a serving of protein on the diabetic exchange.
  • Whole Grain Crackers — Better Homes and Gardens recommends wrapping American cheese slices around your crackers.  I’m certain that’s not how I would spend those calories.  If you’re looking for something crispy or crunchy, crackers do hit the spot, and they go great with…
  • Peanut Butter — When consumed in proper portions, peanut butter makes a great snack food.  Better Homes and Gardens recommends you limit yourself to a tablespoon.  I limit myself to 1/2 tablespoon.

From Needless Pounds

  • Graham Crackers — These are sweet, crispy, and delicious when paired with peanut butter.  A serving is 6 small rectangular crackers, 3 squares, or 1.5 “sheets.”
  • Carrot Sticks — You can eat carrots all day long.  They’re filled with nutrients, they travel well, and they’re pretty easy to prepare.
  • Hot Chocolate — I’m sure you’re tired of me talking about my 17 calorie cocoa by now, but I LOVE the warmth it brings to my day.
  • Sugar-Free Jam on Whole-Wheat Toast — Polaner makes wonderful jams and preserves which are loaded with dietary fiber and which are only 5-10 calories per serving.  Pair that with a warm piece of whole-wheat toast and you can’t go wrong.

What are your go-to snacks?


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