By Helen Agresti
Snacking can either slim down or inflate our waistlines. Portion control, timing and composition of snacks are essential. Snacks should be between 100-200 calories. Consistency is key. Try to eat your healthy snack within the same hour every day. If you need fuel after a vigorous workout, be sure to eat within 20-40 minutes in order to prevent the break down of lean body mass. Choose foods that contain protein, fiber and carbohydrates. Eating well-balanced snacks will ensure our waistlines stay slim and trim!
Figure Friendly Snack ideas:
If you’re in need of some crunch… Sugar Snap Peas are the perfect substitute for chips and a lot more nutritious. They’re rich in iron, fiber, and vitamins C, K, and B6. Pair them with hummus or enjoy them solo.
Toasted whole grain Flatbread and Chipotle Hummus. It’s a great source of protein and fiber. Adding a little “heat” to snacks helps ignite the metabolism.
Part skim Ricotta Cheese on a slice of whole grain Toast sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg and berries. This is a fun and easy snack to make with kids. They love to spread, sprinkle and build.
Lightly salted Pistachios travel well. They’re a wonderful source of B vitamins, protein and fiber. Most importantly, they’re known for melting away belly fat.
Apple slices wrapped in thin layers of Provolone Cheese offer a sweet and salty taste. It’s a great afterschool snack that provides vitamin C, protein, and fiber.
~ Healthy and Happy Snacking!
– Helen Agresti is a Registered Dietitian with Professional Nutrition Consulting, LLC. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and 5 children. For more Nutrition advice and healthy recipes follow her on twitter @HelenAgresti