Do you nibble all day long? Feel a hunger pang around 3 o’clock? Don’t worry, it’s ok to snack during the day. An RD from the cooperative extension at Penn State (my Alma Mater) states that regular snacking can keep energy levels up and deter people from overeating at meals.
Don’t think of this tid bit of nutrition news as a “Get Out of Jail Free” card for your chips and dip. It’s actually a little bit of the opposite. She suggests thinking of your snacks as “mini-meals”. We’ve all heard of this term as some point, but what does that really mean? A “mini-meal” should incorporate 2 of the food groups into your snack. To take a look at the food groups, log on to the USDA’s website www.mypyramid.gov.
Need some ideas for your mini meals? Try a few of these:
7 Reduced Fat Triscuit Crackers and 1 wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese (155 calories)
1 small apple and 1 tbsp of all natural peanut butter (160 calories)
1/2 oz of cocoa roasted almonds (12 almonds) 1/2 cup of skim milk (125 calories)
20 baby carrot sticks and 1/4 cup of hummus (100 calories) — I love roasted red pepper hummus and most stores carry a brand that makes this flavor.
To see the original story click here –> http://live.psu.edu/story/47894
Let me know if you have any favorite snacks, and nibble on.