Posted Feb 19, 2013
Have you upgraded your snacks in the interest of more healthful
It's a great idea to choose snacks wisely, says Harvard Medical
School. But many foods that seem to be a great nutrition value
aren't. Bran muffins and cereal bars can be packed with unhealthy
fats and added sugar. Fat-free foods often contain lots of added
salt and sugar.
Here are seven tips for smarter snacking.
* Go for the grain. Whole-grain snacks, such as whole-grain low-
salt pretzels or tortilla chips and high-fiber, whole-grain cereals,
can give you some energy with staying power.
* Bring back breakfast. Many breakfast foods can be re-purposed
as a nutritious snack later in the day.
* Try a "hi-low" combination. Combine a small amount of something
with healthy fat, like peanut butter, with a larger amount of
something light, like apple slices or celery sticks.
* Go nuts. Unsalted nuts and seeds make a great snack. Almonds,
walnuts, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, cashews, hazelnuts,
filberts and others contain many beneficial nutrients and are more
likely to leave you feeling full.
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