Snacking is Healthy

Eating between meals can be somewhat frightening, especially when it is against your “food rules” to eat unless it is a meal time. Snacking can be a great addition to anyone’s diet. It is okay to be eating every 3-4 hours—many times we go longer than this between meals! Snacking allows you to go from one meal to the next without becoming famished. It also helps maintain your blood sugar levels which will help keep your metabolism running and your energy up!

Snacks with Fruit

– Fruit and yogurt parfait: layer fresh fruit with your favorite yogurt flavor. Top with granola
– A fresh fruit salad: your favorite seasonal fruits, a splash of lemon juice, and honey
– A fruit smoothie: blend a handful of frozen fruit with yogurt or milk and ice
– A large handful of several different dried fruits with nuts and chocolate chips

 Snacks with Vegetables

– Celery stalks spread with peanut butter and topped with raisins
– 1 cup of fresh vegetables (carrots, bell peppers, broccoli cauliflower, etc) dipped in dressing.
– 1 tomato sliced in half with melted cheese, salt, and pepper on top
– A cup of tomato soup

 Snacks with Calcium

– Yogurt sprinkled with almonds or walnuts and your favorite cereal
– A cup of hot chocolate made with milk, instead of water
– Cottage cheese with pears, peaches, or tomatoes
– Frozen yogurt with granola and berries
-Pudding with Cool Whip and crushed Vanilla Wafers

Snacks with Grains

– Whole-wheat crackers and peanut butter
– Whole Grain Nachos: 1 serving of whole grain crackers with salsa and melted cheese on top
– A bowl of your favorite cereal
– A whole grain frozen waffle with berries
– A wheat tortilla with cheese or deli meat
– Pita bread and hummus
– A bowl of popcorn
– A couple of small cookies & milk
– A handful of pretzels/baked chips

Leave a comment if you have any other healthy snacking ideas!