Experts estimate that nearly half of all eating occasions now consist of snacks and mini meals. When done in a healthy way, snacking can give your diet a nutrient boost, energize you throughout the day and prevent overeating at your next meal. Here are tips and tricks for snacking smart.
Get Real with Portions
It’s easy to go overboard with portions of bulk-packaged foods like tortilla chips, whole-grain crackers and nuts. Re-portion these foods into individual servings so you can enjoy them while keeping the portions and calories in check. New Simply® Sea Salted Multigrain Sun Chips® are made with no artificial colors, preservatives or flavors—just simple whole-grain ingredients like organic corn, whole wheat, brown rice and whole oat flours. Their wavy, ridged surface is just right for carrying hummus, guacamole, fresh salsa and Greek-yogurt based dips from bowl to mouth.
Plan it Out
Carry non-perishable foods along with you to ease mid-meal hunger attacks without a trip to the vending machine or convenience store. For sustained energy and appetite satisfaction, choose foods that deliver a blend of fiber, protein and healthy fats. New Planters® NUT-trition Protein Nut Mix contains roasted peanuts and almonds, honey soy clusters, yogurt-covered raisins and blueberries. Each quarter-cup serving supplies a good source of protein and fiber. Try the Chocolate Nut variety too!
Resist the urge to mindlessly munch on snacks at your desk, in the car or when watching television. Nibbling while engaged in other activities may lead to less satisfaction and overeating. You’ll want to savor every sip of a smoothie when made with new Musselman’s® Smoothie-Mix. Each four-ounce cup contains smoothie-ready fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots and kale and supplies an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of vitamins A, D, E, fiber and calcium with no added sugar. To make, simply blend with four-ounces of low-fat yogurt or milk or chilled 100 percent apple juice to yield an eight-ounce smoothie. You’ll find all three flavors, including Tropical, Strawberry Banana and Blueberry in the canned fruits aisle.
All snack options are not created equally. Many traditional ‘snack foods’ are high in fat and calories and low in valuable nutrients like fiber and protein that quench your hunger. Go beyond the snack aisle and visit the produce and dairy departments for sensible choices. Rich and creamy Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero Yogurt contains no fat, added sugars or artificial sweeteners. It comes in flavors like Coconut and Banana Creme, Blueberry and Vanilla and supplies 15 grams of protein per serving. For added flavor and crunch, top yogurt with a sprinkle of granola and fresh fruit.
Snack for Whole Grains
Not only is popcorn an all-time snacking favorite, it’s a nutritional powerhouse too! Three cups of popcorn supply a full serving of whole grains, plus fiber, B-vitamins and magnesium. With new Pop Secret® Kernel Packs, making a batch of popcorn is even fasting and requires no measuring! Each handy pack contains three tablespoons of plain jumbo kernels that yield around five cups when prepared on the stovetop or popcorn maker. Once popped, liven popcorn up with seasoning combinations like cinnamon and cocoa powder, garlic powder and oregano or cayenne pepper and cumin or toss it with dried fruit and nuts for a twist on classic trail mix.
Fuel for Fitness
For an active snacker, choose Bear Naked® Granola to fuel all your adventures. Compared to other granolas, this ‘bearly’ processed brand includes only wholesome ingredients like whole-grain oats, nuts and flaxseeds with just a touch of sweetness. If protein is what you crave in a snack, try their Honey Almond Protein and Original Cinnamon Granola that contain 10 grams of protein and three grams of fiber per quarter-cup serving. Combine your favorite flavor of granola with two tablespoons of dried fruit and one tablespoon of unsalted nuts to make a superfast trail mix.
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