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How to Avoid The Snacking Trap: Tips For Healthy Snacks That Keep Your Diet on Track!

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Snacking is one of those issues that can wreck the best laid plan for healthier eating. Everyone wants a snack now and then, but the key is to choose snacks that won’t completely undo all your progress! 

There are many great snacks that can be enjoyed guilt-free.  

Snacks With All The Flavor & None of the Guilt: For instance, choosing snacks from whole grain products, fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy products, meat and nuts can be a great way to satisfy your craving without destroying your diet.

Include Whole Grain: The world of grain and whole grain products contain a great many healthy snacks, including whole grain breads (wheat bread and rye bread are great choices), wholesome tortilla shells, pita bread and whole grain cereals.

Vegetable and Fruits: The all important vegetable and fruit food group contains so many ideas for healthy snacks that it would be impossible to list them all here.  Some of the best, tastiest and easiest fresh fruit and vegetable snacks include baby carrots or carrot slices, bite sized vegetables such as broccoli florets, radishes and green peppers, fresh vegetables, fruit juice and fruit salads.  

For a quick and easy fruit salad, try this five-minute recipe.  Add mandarin oranges into a bowl.  Cut up a banana, an apple and a nectarine and add them to the bowl.  Add some strawberries, blueberries and raisins for extra taste and color, and serve.

Fresh Fruit Makes a Great Snack:  Snacking on apples, bananas and oranges is a great way to eat healthy and still enjoy delicious snacks.  Keeping a bowl of delicious fruit on the table or the coffee table is a great way to encourage the entire family to eat healthier.

Dairy Product: The milk and dairy products food group also contains many healthy snack items, including low fat and nonfat yogurt, skim milk, low fat puddings, cheeses and even chocolate milk. 

Other choices for a Healthy Snacks: Canned tuna (packed in water of course), peanut butter, eggs and egg substitutes, poultry, nuts and beans are also excellent choices for healthy snacks.

Creating Healthy Snacks:  It is important to limit the consumption of high fat foods, and foods high in salt and sodium.  Instead of buying snacks in the snack aisle of the grocery store, try making your own using some of the suggestions listed above.

Added Variety: Try combining several different healthy snacks in unexpected ways.  For instance, try spreading peanut butter on pita bread, or use it as a fun dip for apple slices.  Or top a whole grain English muffin with tuna and cheese.  Place it in the broiler for a few minutes and enjoy a healthy and delicious snack.  

Food Pairing:  Other good ideas for quick and healthy snacks include pairing fresh fruit with nonfat plain or vanilla yogurt, adding fresh fruit slices to cereal, and using fresh fruit and fruit juices to make delicious smoothies.

There are of course many other types of healthy snacks, and their variety is only limited by your creativity.  It is important to make a variety of healthy snacks, and keep them readily at hand.  Replacing all those unhealthy snacks with healthier alternatives is one of the best ways to keep snack cravings from sidetracking your healthy eating goals.


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