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Healthy Snacking by Linda Hansay

Linda_lowerst_resThey say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, there’s also one more important meal a lot of people forget, snacks! In some situations between your busy work schedule, school, sports, and activity schedules, there might be little or no time for healthy eating. Snacks are important because they can provide energy and the proper nutrients that you need throughout the day. It also keeps your mind focused and can help you avoid overeating during your mealtime. For a healthy diet with snacks, try to find food items that contains fiber, fruits, vegetables, and protein. Here are a few varieties of healthy snack items to choose from:

Peanut butter: A great snack that is both delicious and nutritious. One important health benefit is that it is heart-friendly. When consuming peanut butter in moderate amounts, it can help improve your heart health because of its significant amount of monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats which can aid in lowering cholesterol thus also lowers cardiovascular disease risk.

Fruits and Vegetables: Eating fruits and vegetables are also known to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure. They contain important nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. Naturally sweet fruits that can also be served whole, sliced into wedges, cut in half, or in cubes may include watermelon, apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, etc. Assorted veggie trays which are comprised of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, zucchini slices are also fun and entertaining to eat.

Bread, Crackers, Cereals, etc: These type of snacks can provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals to keep your diet healthy. Try whole-grain crackers like Triscuits! They can come in many different flavors and brands to fit your taste. Bread or crackers can be topped with hummus or can be delicious eaten regularly. Some cereals have more sugars than others so it is a good idea to look over the nutrition facts so you have an idea of what you are consuming before purchasing. Try dry or low-fat milk along with some whole grain cereal, like Raisin Bran, Cheerios, and Wheaties.

Yogurt: Dairy is a great source of calcium and is a great way to help build strong bones. Try yogurt that is low in fat or fat-free. A clever way to get in your calcium and protein at the same time would be to switch it up to Greek yogurt! Yogurt can be delicious served plain or topped with fruit and granola.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.