It's easy to get carried away with the size of your snacks. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that 100 to 200 calorie, nutrient-dense snacks can satisfy hunger, keep you on your weight control plan, and make your mouth happy. Here are some great tasting, portion-controlled snacks that will help keep you on track:
•1 cup sliced bananas and fresh raspberries•2 cups of carrots•3 1/2 cups air-popped popcorn•5 Melba toast crackers, rye or pumpernickel•2 tablespoons of peanuts•2 domino-sized slices of low-fat Colby or cheddar cheese•1 fat-free chocolate pudding cup•Emerald Breakfast on the go! Oatmeal and Nut Blends
You really can enjoy eating healthier -- all it takes is a little snack sense. For more information and money-saving coupons, visit www.emeraldbreakfastonthego.com.
What Are You Hungry For?
The next time you find yourself craving some chips or a few cookies, try one of these better choices for your snack:
•Sweet - Instead of cookies or ice cream, try creamy low-fat Greek yogurt sweetened with honey.•Salty - If you want chips and dip, try dipping veggies into a mixture of Greek yogurt and onion soup mix. •Chocolate - Buy some bite-sized candy bars, or sugar free chocolates. Limit yourself to one. Also, sip some low fat cocoa made with skim milk.•Creamy - Dip carrots or whole grain pita bites into guacamole.•Starchy - Try a baked sweet potato. It's full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.•Crunchy - Crunch on Emerald Breakfast on the go! Berry Nut Blend, with nuts, fruit and granola clusters.•Meaty - Enjoy chicken or turkey on whole grain bread.
Survey Says ...
The Emerald Breakfast on the go! survey revealed some interesting insight into Americans' snacking habits:
•Most snacking happens in the late morning (43 percent) and late afternoon (41 percent).•Only 17 percent said that mom would approve of all their snack choices.•A lot of people are like kids in a candy store when it comes to choosing snacks. 31 percent said they buy whatever snack catches their eye.•Snacks rule - 46 percent couldn't live without their favorite TV show, but 54 percent couldn't live without their favorite snack.
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