Quick and easy healthy snacks
8/21/2015 12:55 PM
In our fast-paced society, we can feel tempted to visit the nearest snack machine when we feel hungry. The end result, however, is making food choices that may not be the healthiest for us.
I have a few quick and easy go-to snacks that require little time and planning.
1. Fresh fruit is a great option because it’s easy to pack. Bananas and apples provide a hearty outer shell, making them unlikely to bruise.
2. Nuts are another good choice, but portion size must be considered. One cup of nuts has around 800 calories, so measure out ¼ a cup or a small handful. Mixing nuts with dried fruit for a trail mix is another healthy snack choice that requires little prep time.
3. Granola bars are another one of my favorite snacks. The key is to look for options that are high in protein and fiber. Some of my favorites are Kind Bars and Lara Bars.
4. Packing half of a sandwich is another way to curb hunger between meals without going overboard. Make a ham and cheese if you have a place to chill it, or spread one tablespoon of peanut butter over a piece of whole wheat bread and top it with a small drizzle of honey. If you’re a cheese person, low-fat string cheese can also be a practical snack choice
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About the Author:
Stephanie Burns is the Lead Clinical Dietitian at Central Texas Medical Center. Stephanie graduated Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2008. She completed her Dietetic Internship in 2012 at CTMC and became a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Stephanie chose her career path to learn how to enjoy food in a healthy way and hopes to share this knowledge with others.