Mary Calvagna, MS
Snacking can allow unwanted calories, excess fat, and refined sugar to creep into your diet. But it doesn't have to be this way. Instead, snacking can be a great way to get extra nutrients, hold you over until your next meal, and give you an energy boost in the middle of the day.
Healthful snacking requires more planning and effort than a trip to the vending machine. But it is worth it. The American Dietetic Association offers some guidelines to help make snacking work for you:
What makes a snack smart? First, it should be easy to make and simple to pack for a person on the go. Second, it must be rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories. And third, and probably most importantly, it must be delicious to eat.
Try some of these smart snacks ideas:
There are other snacking options out there. Just find the snacks that work for you. But keep it smart—make sure your choices are nutritionally dense, low in calories, and tasty.
American Dietetic Association
Healthful School Snacks
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Canadian Council on Food and Nutrition
Dietitians of Canada
American Dietetic Association website. Available at:
http://www.eatright.org. Accessed on February 18, 2008.
The American Dietetic Association's Complete Food & Nutrition Guide. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc; 2006.
Nutrient database library. United States Department of Agriculture website. Available at:
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/. Accessed on February 18, 2008.
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