Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Smart Snacking

Snacks throughout the day can be a great energy booster and help with weight loss. The key is making sure those snacks are healthy, so here are some points to remember (from the American Dietetic Association):

  • Think of snacks as mini-meals that contribute nutrient-rich foods

  • Snack only when you're hungry

  • Keep portion control in mind

  • Plan snacks ahead of time

To help with your snacking here's a quick energy snack receipe:


  • 1 1/2 c. almonds, raw or toasted

  • 1 1/2 c. cashews, raw or toasted, roughly chopped

  • 1/3 c. dried cranberries

  • 1/3 c. dried apricots, roughly chopped

  • 1/3 c. raisins


Mix all ingredients together and divide into 1/3 cup portions. Substitute any nuts (i.e., walnusts, pecans or macademia nuts - use 3/4 c. because they are higher in fat) or dried fruits desired. Enjoy!!

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